State parks plan candlelight ski eventsPublished 6:29am Monday, February 10, 2014
If candlelight events are not already an annual tradition for you, let this be the season where you get out and experience winter adventure in a whole new light.
Short, easy trails will be lit with lanterns or luminaries, and you can drop in any time during the events to go whatever distance is comfortable for you. Afterward, warm up with refreshments by a crackling fire.
Glendalough will offer candlelight skiing beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Maplewood will hold its event beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
Anyone age 16 or older must carry a signed ski pass when using cross-country ski trails in state parks or state forests, or on state trails or grant-in-aid trails.
Many parks offer rentals. Restrooms and vault toilets are open daily at all Minnesota state parks throughout the year.
Before you go… Find out the snow conditions.
Also note that occasionally, due to extreme weather or poor snow conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed.
At Glendalough: Ski by moonlight and candlelight, then sip on hot cider by the fire in the Trail Center.
If you like, bring some marshmallows to roast or a snack to share.
You can even make a weekend of it by reserving a stay in one of Glendalough’s heated camper cabins.
Approximately one and a half miles of trail will be lighted for the event.
If you need rental skis for the evening, please pick them up in the afternoon or call ahead to reserve them for pickup at the trail center. A state park vehicle permit and Great Minnesota Ski Pass are required.
From the town of Battle Lake, go 1.5 miles north on State Hwy. 78 and 1.8 miles east on Otter Tail Co. Hwy 16 to the park entrance.
At Maplewood: The one-mile trial around Cataract Lake will be groomed and lit for skiers, snowshoers, and hikers. Snowshoes will also be available for use if you would like to try them. Participants over the age of 16 who will be on skis will need a Minnesota Ski Pass. You can purchase a day pass at the office for $6 or an annual pass for $20. Hikers and snowshoers do not need a ski pass. The Friends of Maplewood will have chili, hot drinks and a bonfire starting at 5 p.m., with the 150 candles lit at 6 p.m. Come out and enjoy a winter evening at Maplewood State Park.
The park entrance is located seven miles east of Pelican Rapids on State Highway 108.