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Magic under the moon

In winter, plan a trip around a candlelight ski or snowshoe.

Candlelight ski on the Red Cedar Trail.

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On a dark winter night, there's nothing more magical than skiing or snowshoeing on a trail lined by candles.

I got hooked in Minnesota's Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. A fat blue moon hung in the sky, a thick coating of hoarfrost made tree branches look like reindeer antlers and more than 400 glowing bags gave the forest a fairy-tale aura.

I often plan winter trips around candlelight events. In Minnesota, you can stay right in the park if you reserve fast enough.

Here's our list of candlelight skiing and snowshoeing events for 2014.


Last updated on December 3, 2013