Tour DuLuth Ski Festival to feature candlelight skiing, youth carnival

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2022 Tour DuLuth Ski Festival: March 5-6, various locations, Duluth. For more information, visit

  • Doughnuts and coffee, 9-10 a.m. March 5, Hartley Park.
  • CXC Youth Championships, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 6, Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet. Watch the best young cross-country skiers in the region. To volunteer, visit .
  • Waffles, noon-1 p.m., Upper Spirit Mountain Trails.
  • DXC Tour Duluth Candle Light Ski and annual membership meeting, 4:30-8 p.m. March 5, Lester-Amity Chalet, 2940 Seven Bridges Road, Duluth. Annual membership meeting with remarks by board president Mark Wallis. Ski boot repair, used kids ski equipment drive, food truck, campfire, ski demonstration and ski clinic. Event is a fundraiser for kids ski equipment. Raffle tickets $2; grand prize value $700.
  • DXC SkiSparks Youth Carnival, 1-3 p.m. March 6, Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet, 8551 Grand Ave. Fish Scale Frenzy, obstacle course, games and scavenger hunt for kids under age 14. Register at .

12th Annual St. Louis River Summit: March 7-9, via Zoom and optional in-person events. Hosted by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve. The keynote speaker is Jesse Roesler, a filmmaker with Credo Nonfiction, the company that produced “Breaking Trail,” a documentary about Duluthian Emily Ford, the first woman and person of color to through-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. Small-group, socially distanced field trips March 9: drone meet-and-fly; winter birding on Wisconsin Point; a snowshoe trek in the Superior Municipal Forest; and a tour of Carl Gawboy’s classic murals in the Superior Public Library. Cost: $30. To register and view the agenda, visit

River Talks: Bawa’iganaakoog (Wild Rice Harvesting Sticks): 6:30-8 p.m. March 8, Room 203, University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjacket Union, 1605 Catlin Ave., Superior. Part of the St. Louis River Summit. Marne Kaeske, with the 1854 Treaty Authority, will present about constructing wild rice knocking sticks. Get prepared to hit the rice bed during Manoomike-giizis (the wild ricing moon). All materials and instruction included. Capacity limited to 15 people. Face coverings required in building. Registration required; visit .

Guided Snowshoe Hike: noon-3 p.m. March 12, Piedmont and Brewer trails. All ages. Free. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Fee $5. Registration ends March 11. Register at .


Dog Sledding and Sleigh Ride Adventure Day: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 13, Positive Energy Outdoors, Duluth. For families of people with disabilities, held each March in partnership with Positive Energy Outdoors, this day of outdoor winter fun provides participants with the experience of dog sledding with Alaskan huskies and draft horse sleigh rides through Northwoods scenery. Fee $20. Register on the Courage Kenny website, .

Intro to Archery: 6:30-8 p.m. March 15, Washington Center gym, 310 N. First Ave. W., Duluth. Learn basic safety, technique and the process for shooting archery. Ages 9 and up. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Fee $5. Registration closes March 8. Register at .

Northern Hawk Owl Winter Ecology: What Do We Really Know: 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 17, via Zoom. The Northern Hawk Owl Project, led by University of Minnesota Duluth master's degree student Hannah Toutonghi, just finished the first full field season of tracking hawk owls in Northern Minnesota. Learn about the species; what they previously knew about hawk owls; and the novel preliminary results of using telemetry to track individual hawk owls throughout the winter. Hosted by Friends of Sax-Zim Bog. Register at

Full Moon Hike: 8-10 p.m. March 18, Waabizheshikana Trail, Pulaski Street Trailhead, 63rd Avenue West, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline March 17; visit .

Women Hike Duluth: 1-3 p.m. March 19, DWP trail, meet at Green Street and 63rd Avenue West, Duluth. Snowshoes provided or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Free. Registration deadline March 19; visit .

Lutsen Spring Adaptive Ski Day: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 20, Lutsen Mountains, Lutsen. One-to-one instruction from Courage Kenny ski and snowboard volunteers for stand-up, snowboard and mono ski lessons. Fee $50, includes lift ticket, four hours of instruction and use of equipment if needed. Registration only open for stand-up skiers, intermediate- and advanced-level mono-skiers. Bi-skiers should Eric Larson before registering. Register on the Courage Kenny website, .

Trail Running the Superior Hiking Trail: 7:30 p.m. March 30, webinar. Hear from seasoned SHT runners about the best shoes, gear, training, races and strategies for getting up to speed on one of the Midwest's most rugged trails. Hosted by Mike Ward, SHT Board member and former "fastest known time" holder. Geared toward gunners of all abilities. Suggested donation: $20 (helps fund SHT improvement projects). Register at

Parks After Dark: Stargazing Night Hike: 8-10 p.m. March 30, Hawk Ridge, Duluth. All ages. Fee $5. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. Registration ends March 29. Register at .


Full Moon Hike: 8-10 p.m. April 16, Park Point Trail, Duluth. Headlamps available or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Fee $5. Registration deadline April 15; visit .

Women Hike Duluth: 6-7 p.m. April 19, Hawk Ridge, East Skyline Parkway and Glenwood Street, Duluth. Snowshoes provided or bring your own. Hosted by Duluth Parks and Recreation. All ages. Free. Registration deadline April 19; visit .

Falcons Live!: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23, Tettegouche State Park, 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on state Highway 61. Join peregrine falcon researcher Jackie Fallon and her live birds for an up-close look at a peregrine falcon and some other falcon species. Learn about the recovery program that brought these predators back from the brink of extinction. This program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather. For more information, contact Kurt Mead at 218-353-8800 or .

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