November 23, 2011

Ski The Night Away

Two opportunities to go cross-country skiing under the stars

Rusk County Cross Country SkiingWhat’s better than skiing through the forest along a well-groomed trail? Skiing that trail at night! There’s something about skiing at night that is unlike any other outdoor experience. Here are two opportunities for you to discover the joys of gliding down a forest trail at night.

Candlelight Ski

Black River Country, with its rugged terrain and beautiful pine forests, is an exciting place for cross-country skiing. For a completely different winter trail experience, try skiing these trails at night. The Black River State Forest Annual Candlelight Ski takes place Saturday, February 4 from 6-9pm. The event begins at the Smrekar Parking Lot, which is 4 miles east of Millston off of County Road O. Approximately 1.5 miles of the forest’s trails will be lit by candle luminaries. Food and refreshments will be available.

Under the Lights

One of the coolest cross-country ski trails in Wisconsin is in Rusk County. The Ladysmith High School Lighted Loop is one mile in length and is lit until 10pm every night during the cross-country skiing season. Gliding along the trails at night is relaxing and invigorating. The trails are very well groomed and before you know it, you’ll have completed more than a few one-mile laps. To get to the trail from Ladysmith, take Highway 8 east to Rocky Ridge Road.

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