The lights from a just-finished shelter added an extra glow in Blue Mound State Park Saturday night for skiers and snowshoers who turned out to tour the trails by candlelight.
Friends of Blue Mound State Park raised money for the $500,000 building at the trailhead to some of the best classic-style cross-country ski trails in the state. Having to change clothes in the parking lot, or use a portable bathroom in cold weather were deterrents to skiers traveling to the park southwest of Madison.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the new building has cathedral ceilings in a great hall with huge exposed trusses, a special warming and cooling system, pine car-siding, and accessible, clean (and heated) bathrooms.
John Koffel, of the friends group, said “the board had a vision of a shelter that would encourage use by children, people with special needs, grandparents, and for the use of the park naturalist during the summer months. We needed a multi-use facility to broaden the use of the park.”
Trail conditions were excellent for the candlelight outing, but the snowpack could be wiped out later this week. The forecast calls for moderate to heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday.