Ellison Bay, Wis. (January 17, 2022) – Newport State Park will hold its 32nd Annual Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe event on Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Thirty-two years ago, Newport State Park began the candlelight ski tradition in Door County. The tradition will carry on again this year as a portion of trail will come alive by candlelight, guiding skiers, hikers and snowshoers into a glowing, magical winter wonderland.
Newport Wilderness Society volunteers will place over 300 candles, guiding participants down a 1.5 mile wooded trail section. Candlelight skiing requires no special talent or technique, and the terrain of the trail is flat and suited for the novice skier as well as the more experienced. If you don’t want to ski feel free to hike or snow shoe the trail. Participants may want to bring a small flashlight or headlamp to assist in putting equipment on or finding your vehicle after skiing or hiking.
Participants should start at the picnic area parking lot (Lot 3) anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with directions. At the end of the lit trail, you will find a bonfire to warm up by. Hot cocoa will be available at the outdoor shelter building.
The event is free, but a Wisconsin State Park Vehicle Admission Sticker is required. They can be purchased online at yourpassnow.com or at State Park offices. For more information or if you are interested in volunteering for this event, check NWS website at: friendsofnewport.org.
The candlelight ski/hike/snowshoe event will be held with or without adequate skiing snow. Only extreme (cold) temperatures or unsafe trail conditions would cancel the event.