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 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 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
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.
Whitecap Mountains Resort
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.
Turtle River Pursuit
The Turtle River Pursuit cross-country ski competition is a two-day race on February 15 &16, combining classic and freestyle techniques. Both the 11K classic leg, on Saturday, and the 11K freestyle leg, on Sunday, will be at the MECCA Trails in Mercer. MECCA also hosts the Claire d'Loon Classic 5K Tour on Saturday, February 15 at 10:30am.