Mount Kato Ski Resort

Mount Kato Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Minnesota in USA. The resort is in the town of Mankato, MN.

Mount Kato is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Mount Kato Ski Resort.

Mount Kato Lodging:

Mount Kato Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Mount Kato has a total of 19 ski trails, which are serviced by 10 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Mount Kato is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 55 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 22 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
55(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Mount Kato Ski Resort Elevation

Mount Kato Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 540 feet, or 165 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 300 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 240 feet (73 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Mount Kato has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
540'(165 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
240'(73 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
300'(91 m)

Mount Kato Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
37.2out of 100
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Mount Kato can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 79% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Mount Kato has 55 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Mount Kato is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 21% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 79%.
21%(12 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
42%(23 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
37%(20 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Mount Kato Ski Resort good for beginners?

Mount Kato can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 79% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Mount Kato Ski Resort Location

Mount Kato Ski Resort is located in the state of Minnesota, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Mankato, MN.

Mankato, MN 56001 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.15000, -94.04000

Getting to Mount Kato Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Mount Kato Ski Resort), its coordinates of 44.15000, -94.04000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Mankato, MN to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Mount Kato Ski Resort.

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMSPMinneapolis, MN65 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Mount Kato.

Rochester International AirportRSTRochester, MN78 mi
Saint Cloud Regional AirportSTCSaint Cloud, MN96 mi
Fort Dodge Regional AirportFODFort Dodge, IA111 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Mount Kato Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Mount Kato Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Buck HillBurnsville, MN1,225 ft26%54 mi
HylandMinneapolis, MN1,075 ft25%57 mi
Welch VillageWelch, MN1,060 ft29%70 mi
Afton AlpsHastings, MN1,530 ft30%78 mi
Powder Ridge Ski AreaKimball, MN790 ft23%83 mi

Mount Kato Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation540 ft
Base Elevation300 ft
Vertical Drop240 ft
(21% Beginner,  42% Intermediate,  37% Expert)
Skiable Acres55
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Mount Kato Ski Resort Mountain Stats