Mount Kato is a small ski hill with the big advantage of being lit till closing at 10:30pm or so. It lies on the southwest edge of Mankato. As soon as it is cold enough the hill starts making its own snow. It is a great beginner hill with lessons and rentals if needed. The city ski team practices there and they have some challenging hills, too. Tubing is also available. They have a ski lodge with a cafeteria and warming areas. For the adults they have a chalet with bar and grill and a view of the hill. They sometimes have bands on the weekends. Season passes are available. In the summer they have mountain biking trails and other events connected with biking. The Red Jacket Trail for biking passses by Mount Kato.
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