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Candlelight Ski-Snowshoe-Hike 2024

February 10 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

Unfortunately, Mother Nature has thrown us a curve ball. There is no snow to ski on. This will be a hike-only event and we will light the Fern Trail only, as has been our tradition for many years. See you there!

Thirty-four years ago, Newport Wilderness Society started the candlelight ski tradition in Door County. Our event is always held on the second Saturday in February. Whether you prefer to ski, hike, or snowshoe, we invite you to this special event at Newport to enjoy a magical winter wonderland of candlelit forest trails, fresh air, and (with any luck) starry night skies.

Changes in 2024: We are lighting two separate trails! The traditional Fern Trail loop (and its new boardwalk) will be lit and designated for for hikers and snow-shoers. Skiers will have their own dedicated trail which will be groomed and lit. (Please, no pets on ski trail.)

All participants will launch from parking lot Lot 3 (follow the main park road; it ends at Lot 3) anytime between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with directions. Regardless of which trail you use, you will end up back at the park shelter area for a bonfire, hot beverages, and baked treats.

Bonfire after Newport Candlelight Ski; photo by Sherry Seubert

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. Event cancellation will be posted to the NWS Facebook page.

This Newport SP event is free, but a Wisconsin State Park Vehicle Admission Sticker is required. They can be purchased online or at State Park offices.