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“Weekend getway ski hill” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mount Kato

Mount Kato
20461 Hwy 66, Mankato, MN 56001
800-668-5286, 507-625-3363
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Ranked #12 of 19 things to do in Mankato
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Owner description: Year-round recreation area for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and mountain biking is located in the scenic Minnesota River valley.
Mankato, Minnesota, United States
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52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Weekend getway ski hill”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great skiing for Southern MN”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

In CO this place would get 2/5 but for southern MN it gets 5/5. Employees are friendly, trails are well kept, there's a nice variety of options and the chair lifts are well placed. It's relatively small but it's the best around and better than most ski areas in the twin cities.

I've never been there for biking in the summer but I've heard many locals like it.

Visited December 2012
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Hastings, Minnesota
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The runs were well groomed and the Snow was great. The people were really friendly and the food was good but service was extremely slow in the bar

Visited February 2013
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Windom, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice place to learn!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

It's obviously not the mountains (this is Minnesota, afterall), but it's where I learned a few years back and I enjoy going for a few hours. I'm not much of an avid skiier, though. My husband (who loves to ski) enjoys it, although he'd certainly prefer the mountains.

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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Good for beginners”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Good place for beginners and really no other options inthe area anyway. Expensive compared to out west. Often not all the ski lifts are going so even if all the runs have snow, you wont be able to go on all of them

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