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Four Upcoming Events That Will Inspire You to Explore MECCA Ski Trails

Wolverine Nordic Ski Trails

The MECCA Ski Trails, in Mercer, Wisconsin, consist of 13 glorious miles, maintained by the MECCA Ski Club. There are various loops for both classic and skate skiers, and all trails are open to snowshoers. Glaciers formed this unique terrain thousands of years ago. The forest features stands of pines and hemlocks. The area boasts hardwood uplands, featuring maple and oak, and wetlands adorned with black spruce, cedar, and tamarack.

As if you needed an excuse to explore these beautiful trails, there are four upcoming silent sports events that will inspire you to get out there.

 

MECCA Candlelight & Snowshoe

Tonight (January 25, 2020, from 5 to 8 p.m.) is the night for this family-friendly event! Follow a candlelit trail through the woods on skis or snowshoes. Then warm your hands at the bonfire or gather in the log chalet to enjoy cookies, chili, and hot beverages.

 

North Lakeland Discovery Center’s MECCA Moon-Shoe

Traipse among trees in the shadows of the night during the MECCA Moon-Shoe on Saturday, February 8, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. During this free moonlit adventure along the MECCA Trails, your guide from North Lakeland Discovery Center, in Manitowish Waters, will lead you to observe the world in a different light. There are limited spots available for this special event, so please register by February 7. This program is sponsored by the MECCA Ski Club and the SISU Ski Fest and is free to registered participants. The MECCA Ski Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, maintains the trails and depends on memberships, donations, volunteers, and its active collaboration with the Town of Mercer, Iron County, and Wisconsin DNR.

 

Turtle River Pursuit

The Turtle River Pursuit cross-country skiing competition is a two-day race. The 11K Classic Leg is on Saturday, February 15, and the 11K Freestyle Leg is on Sunday, February 16.

Not familiar with pursuit racing? In this type of event, two or more competitors chase after a lead competitor. In the case of Turtle River Pursuit, the skiers’ Classic Leg times determine their staggered start time for the Freestyle Leg. The first skier to cross the finish line of the Freestyle Leg wins the Turtle River Pursuit.

The Pursuit includes individual and team divisions. Registration fees are $60 for individuals, $30 for students, and $100 for teams. To learn more or to register, visit turtleriverpursuit.com.

 

Claire D’Loon 5K Classic Tour

If you’re looking for a daytime ski event that is perfect for recreational skiers and families, choose the Claire D’Loon 5K Classic Tour, also at MECCA Trails on Saturday, February 15. Individuals ages 16 and older can register for $30. Skiers ages 15 and younger can register for $15. For more information, visit turtleriverpursuit.com.

MECCA Trails are partnering with Gogebic Range Health Foundation to present both the Turtle River Pursuit and the Claire d’Loon Classic, to provide cross-country skiers of all levels an exciting challenge on some of the best ski trails in the Upper Midwest.

 

The MECCA Ski Trails are located at 4686 Fierick Road in Mercer. To get there, follow signs along Beachway Drive (across from Dollar General).

 

 

 

 

 

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