Skiing / Snowshoe

Skiing & Snowshoe Slide & Glide

Mercer is a cool place to be in the Winter! Gear up for an exhilarating winter trip.

Enjoy winter family fun in Mercer, where there is something for all ages to experience. Experience the Mecca Trails near Mercer, with the rolling terrain, vistas of the Little Turtle River & Flowage and a variety of vegetation from aspen to pine plantation. They offer an annual moonlight (candle lit) ski.

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

MECCA Trails

MECCA Trails Report-2

Trail Report 1.23.2023

Current Trail Conditions: The skate lane was groomed Monday, January 23rd and is in great condition! Preparations for MECCA’s Winterfest Live Event on Saturday have begun and there is still time to sign up. The tracks have some snow drifting but are still good.
Winterfest Weekend Forecast: Colder temps and snow flurries through Saturday. Saturday high 5°F, 10-15 mph winds.
Weekend Grooming Plan: Groomers are working everyday to maintain the trail conditions and prepare for weekend festivities. The trail will close at 3 PM on Friday afternoon for final race course preparations. Conditions will be firm and smooth for racers on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon, groomers will set out lanterns and re-groom the trail for the Candlelight Ski Shoe Hike happening Saturday evening beginning at dusk.

MECCA Trails offer 21 km of groomed cross-country skiing on rolling terrain and 3 miles of snowshoe or winter hiking trails.  The cabin trailhead south of Mercer has a beautiful wood heated log chalet, changing room and outdoor toilets. Located at 4686N Fierick Rd, it’s open from 8 am-6pm.  The Little Turtle trailhead is north of Mercer off Joe’s Shack Road.  More information and trail reports are on their web site.


WinMan Trails

Copy of MECCA Trails Report

Trail Report 1.24.2023

Cross-Country Ski: OPEN - Team was out grooming again this morning to manage the 1-2 inches of fresh snow that fell yesterday afternoon. Skate lanes have all been groomed but we are working on resetting some tracks in specific spots. You may see a groomer out, specifically on the South Trails this afternoon.
Snowshoe: OPEN - Trail are in great condition.
Fat Tire Bike: OPEN - Trails were groomed on Monday afternoon and are getting groomed again this afternoon after 1-2 inches of snow yesterday. Overall very good conditions. Remember to check your tire pressure!

WinMan Trails is located just east of Mercer, at the intersection of Hwy J and Hwy W in Winchester. Cross-country skiing (classic and skate), snowshoeing, and single-track fat biking are offered in winter. A heated chalet has bathrooms, changing rooms, a Great Room with kitchen, wood-fired furnace, pizza oven and plenty of seating.


North Lakeland Discovery Center


Trail Report 12.26.2022

The trails are open and we have had foot and snowshoe traffic, but there may be some icy spots, so please use caution. All trails have been rolled/groomed and our maintenance staff set tracks for classic cross-country skiing on December 26th. Trails are in good condition!

The North Lakeland Discovery Center is located o Hwy W in Manitowish Waters. Enjoy skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching along the 12-mile trail system. The trails are open to everyone, from dawn to dusk.  Trails are tracked for classic skiing. Snowshoes are available for use. Members may use the snowshoes for free, general public pay $5 per pair. Leashed dogs allowed on snowshoe trail only. November through April, depending on weather, you can hike, fat bike, snowshoe or cross-country ski.


Schomberg Park has 2 loops totaling 2.7 km of easy terrain. Schomberg Park is located at 9701N Hwy 51, 13 miles north of downtown Mercer. Parking is available off of Hwy 51 at the south parking lot entrance.


Discover three mountains with 43 trails for every ability, spread over a vast 400 acres within the ancient Penokee Mountains. Whitecap Mountains Resort is just 35 miles north of Mercer, in Upson. Experience an abundance of lake effect snow, meticulously groomed trails for skiing and snowboarding, as well as dining and lodging. Rentals and lessons available.



Live Events - January 28, 2023 
Virtual Events - December 17, 2022 to February 19, 2023
MECCA's Candlelight Ski Shoe Hike - January 28, 2023 at dusk! 

To learn more specific information about the different WinterFest events, follow the link: