Northwest Wisconsin Nordic Trails
MECCA Ski Trails
Trail Options: Numerous loops from 2k to 8k.Total of 21k of trails, all trails groomed for classical, with skating available on 16k. Easy to moderate difficulty. Groomed 6 to 12 feet wide. 1 mile snowshoe available and working on extending another 1/2 mile.
Ownership: Mercer Town/Iron County/State of Wisconsin
Management: MECCA SKI Club
Key Partnerships: Wisconsin DNR/ MECCA SKI Club
Facilities: Log cabin with wood stove, changing rooms, and portable toilets at the cabin trailhead. Also available are drinks and sometimes cookies for purchase. Warming shack along the Little Turtle River
Fees: $5 adult. $2 children $20 individual membership $35 family membership
Info: MECCA Ski Club, PO Box 76, Mercer, WI 54547-0076. Mercer Chamber of Commercer 715-476-2389
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|Look for Trail signs on Hwy 51 and Beachway road south side of Mercer or Hwy 51 and Cty FF north of Town.|
Landmark dates in the history of Nordic Trails in northwest Wisconsin include 1975 when the United States Cross Country Ski Team including Bill Koch — who would later go on to win a silver medal in the 1976 Olympics – came to Telemark to train, 1978 when the first World Cup cross country ski races were held on the Telemark Trails, and also that year the Worldloppet League, an affiliation of international cross country ski marathons, was formed by Tony Wise at Telemark.
After an auspicious beginning, it wasn’t long before the landscape was dotted with Nordic Trails of all sizes and descriptions, most of which continue to offer pleasant and challenging cross country skiing opportunities today.