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Kathio State Park - Candlelight ski/snowshoe

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6:00 am

Saturday, February 16:

 6 - 9:30 p.m.: Candlelight ski/snowshoe

Drop by any time between 6 and 9:30 p.m. for skiing or snowshoeing as stars twinkle overhead and candles flicker in the snow.

“Few things transform a winter evening like soft light on snow,” Erika Rivers, director of the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division, said. “Lit candles and lanterns help to create an unforgettable experience, especially when coupled with light from a starry sky and full moon.”

Students from the Central Lakes College Natural Resource Club will prepare three separate routes for this annual event. A 2.5 mile trail between the trail center and the interpretive center is suitable for beginner-level skiers of all ages. A shuttle bus will run continuously between the two locations.

Two half-mile snowshoeing trails will start at the Interpretive Center and are suitable for beginner-level snowshoers of all ages. Traditional snowshoes will be offered free of charge at the interpretive center for those who wish to try the trails. Also, snowshoes and skis can be rented at the park office. Live music will be provided by Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors. This musical group will play a mixture of old fiddle tunes, folk, Irish and contemporary music from 7 to 9 p.m.

A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks. Those age 16 and older will also need the Great Minnesota Ski Pass if they plan to cross-country ski. The Great Minnesota Ski Pass ($6 for a day, $20 for one season or $55 for three seasons) allows cross-country skiers age 16 or older to access miles of trails in state parks or forests or on grant-in-aid trails (www.mndnr.gov/skiing). Passes can be purchased at the park, but you can save time by getting them in advance; call (888) 665-4236 or visit www.mndnr.gov/skipass.

In the event of severe weather, call (320) 532-3269 for updates or check the visitor alert online at www.mndnr.gov/millelacskathio.

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