Mankato never goes into winter hibernation. Outdoor winter sports in Mankato get you exploring great hills and trails on skis, snowshoes, sleds, snowmobiles and snow bikes.
Cross Country Skiing
Groomed pathways in an extensive trail system surrounding Mankato bring cross country skiers through Indian Lake Park, Williams Nature Center, Bray Park, Wildwood Conservation Area and Daly Park. Each location presents an exciting journey for a beginner or experienced cross country skier. Call 507-304-4025 or visit Blue Earth County’s website. Go>
Down-hill skiers find that Mount Kato remains a hub for fast action and short lines. With 19 groomed trails and four terrain parks for skiing and snowboarding, you won’t get bored. The cozy ski lodge is great for recuperation and dining.
Each winter fans swarm indoors to cheer on their Minnesota State University, Mankato Men’s and Women’s Division I Hockey at the Verizon Wireless Center. During period intermissions partake in the games and sing-alongs with the crowd. Go>
Grab a sled or tube and head to the legendary Sibley Park or Spring Lake Park hill for downhill sledding. Don’t have a tube? No problem. Downhill tubing action at Mount Kato provide large tubes for a smoother ride with just as much thrill.
Snowbikes or “fat bikes” are best experienced along packed trails. Try it yourself at Seven Mile Creek Park, Kiwanis Recreation Area, which is consistently groomed throughout winter, MAMB Ft. LeHillier Trail or Indian Lake Conservation Area.
There are 160 miles of trails for snowmobilers in Blue Earth County. Snowmobilers should visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website to get detailed maps of available snowmobile routes. Go>
Snowshoeing reveals a whole new experience in our parks or our trails during the winter. This activity allows you to experience winter in all its wonder. Go it alone or book a tour with the local experts, Bent River Outfitter. Rent snowshoes from Bent River Outfitter or Minnesota State University, Mankato Campus Recreation. Looking for a snowshoe and winery combo? Join Bent River Outfitters for a winter tour around the scenic landscapes home to either of our unique wineries, Morgan Creek Vineyards or Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery. After exploring the snow-covered vineyards, enjoy the warmth of a cozy atmosphere and taste of select cheeses and local vino. Go>