Published December 16, 2012, 05:30 AM

DESTINATION UNKNOWN: 32 winter events planned at Minnesota state parks.

We’ll need some more snow to get things rolling, but the Department of Natural Resources has scheduled 32 candlelight ski, snowshoe and hiking events this winter at Minnesota state parks.

By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald

We’ll need some more snow to get things rolling, but the Department of Natural Resources has scheduled 32 candlelight ski, snowshoe and hiking events this winter at Minnesota state parks.

The family-friendly events typically are held on candlelit trails that are short and flat, which means they are suitable for all ages and abilities. Participants will find refreshments and a warm fire after exploring trails lined with lanterns or luminaries.

“If you haven’t been to one of our popular candlelight events, start a new tradition this winter,” said Courtland Nelson, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “These events are a great way to make memories with friends and family. Imagine skiing or walking along a path lit by candles and then sipping hot chocolate by a warm fire under a star-filled sky. These events can be truly magical.”

Here’s a listing of events scheduled for northwest Minnesota (candlelight ski only unless otherwise noted):

&bull Dec. 29: Zippel Bay State Park near Williams, Minn., 5 to 8 p.m.

&bull Jan. 19: Itasca State Park, lantern-lit snowshoe, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

&bull Jan. 26: Lake Bronson State Park near Lake Bronson, Minn., 6 to 9 p.m.

&bull Jan. 26: Zippel Bay State Park near Williams, 5 to 8 p.m.

&bull Feb. 23: Lake Bemidji State Park, candlelight ski and snowshoe, 6 to 9 p.m.

&bull Feb. 23: Old Mill State Park near Argyle, Minn., 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

&bull Feb. 23: Itasca State Park, lantern-lit snowshoe, 6 to 8 p.m.

&bull Feb. 23: Zippel Bay State Park near Williams, 5 to 8 p.m.

A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks ($5 daily, $25 annually), along with a Great Minnesota Ski Pass ($6 daily, $20 season, $55 three seasons) for skiers 16 and older.

The candlelight events are subject to change or cancellation due to weather.


For more information, including weather updates, directions to parks and where to get a ski pass, visit www.mndnr.gov or call the DNR Information Center at (888) 646-6367 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

— Herald staff report

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