WAITE PARK -- The Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota and Stearns County Parks Department held their annual Moonlight Ski event Friday night, despite the bitterly-cold weather.

Peter Theismann, Director of Stearns County Parks, helped to put on the event that featured over four miles of groomed trails to ski or hike on, a drawing, a bonfire, and warm snacks.

"We have to admit, we're a little disappointed with the weather, but you take the weather you get," Theismann says.

"We've had a small turnout - just about 50 people tonight - but they're out there [enjoying the activities]."

The turnout may have been affected by the last night's subzero temperatures, but that didn't stop those who came out from having a fun time.

One group of enthusiasts say they come to the event every year for the experience, the chili, and the socializing - regardless of the weather.

For those who are interested in trying cross-country skiing, Theismann says its an affordable and enjoyable experience - and has a good suggestion.

"Come out here and ski on a cold night, and then go over to the YMCA and sit in the hot tub afterwards."

Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON