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I am an intermediate skier that just likes to get out for a few hours and have options when runs fill up. Mt Kato provides the opportunity to move around when it is busy and you don't get stuck waiting. ... Full Review
While on the website it says that Mt Kato has 240 feet of vertical, I measured this myself using a GPS and discovered that there is only a little under 140 feet of vertical. Their trails are all intermediate, with a couple of expert chutes , making this a great spot for families. Their parks department is lacking at best. On their trail map four terrain parks are indicated, but it is rare to find more than two open at a time. The chalet is in poor shape. Food service is what you might expect for a midrange ski area, burners and fries and whatnot. Overall, a place to avoid if you’re looking for a ski destination, but a great place for families and beginners to learn.... Full Review
overall, this is a great resort with hills for anyone with any ability.... Full Review
I worked here as a lift op last year after spending most of my life in the west - Tahoe, Colorado, Utah. If you've ever ridden a real mountain, you'll laugh at this place. The hills are so small you could blink and miss them. Still, its super close to town and well groomed. Great for beginners, families with little kids.... Full Review
It's a nice place in the MN River Valley, very scenic. About 19 runs, 8 lifts, 3 terrain parks (easy/small, med & large/more difficult). Reasonable lift rates ($35ish), food prices & pro shop prices. The lone resort for a very large area south & west of Mankato relies heavily on groups (as they should), but that means alot of inexperienced people to look out (be cautious) for. But hey, we all start somewhere.
Sioux Falls, SW MN & NE IA area skiers & boarders that want a day trip (3hrs one way from Sioux Falls) should consider Kato if a trip to the Black Hills seems a bit much in dollars and/or time.
Mt. Kato also has bike trails in the summer. We has a great time when we took our mountainboards there last fall as well. The lifts wern't open, so we had to hike, but cool to see the resort so colorful, quiet & rode some trails you can't in the winter.
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This was the first place that I ever went sking and overall I was impressed. I started off with ski lessons and was extremly dissapointed. I had a lot of trouble learning how to ski and the instructor who was probably only 14 years old was no help at all. I got the hang of it by the end of my first day but, I was on my butt almost all of the first day. After the bad first day I started to explore the Mountian and I found the areas to be very good although there were some icy areas. Overall this was a good place for my to start sking.... Full Review
Mt kato is very sick. There are alot of good riders there and the french fries there are the bestt. Tyler Moylan dillon Bogges and many more riders there are good help and are very good riders. Mt kato is good night life and you should go there and check it out.... Full Review
This is a really good ski hill. It has a variety of hills and levels. I would recomend going there for a trip if you are looking for a ski trip. It is fun for all ages.... Full Review
MOUNT KATO IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! you have got to try it out. if you go try the french fries they are probably the best in minnesota. decent runs, good snow board trail,lessons are good,their fake snow is good on ocasion but can be like ice if it melts than frezes agin.(it will kill you skiies :( over all i give it a 9.5 trails 8 snow board place 10. it is not good enough to come from northern minn but if you are ever near mankato try it out.... Full Review
We have skied Mt. Kato and several hills in MN for the past several years. I have found the lift operators to be helpful especially to younger kids that need help. The snow making equipment produces very good snow.
It has a mix of runs for every level. They have a couple terrain areas, no pipes. Food is standard fare but very good. They also have tubing later in the year which is fun.
The slopes usually aren't too crowded unlike some of the hills closer to the Twin Cities. We always have a good time when we go there.... Full Review
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