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Vail Resorts to acquire two ski area in the Midwest

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I wonder what happened to Mt. Kato (in Mankato, MN)?   I thought Afton Alps also owned that area.

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It will be interesting to see how this plays out......
 

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I am wondering the same thing.  The Mount Kato website shows joint Mt. Kato/Afton Alps season passes.
 

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Wow. A little bit of Vail in my own backyard.

 

I learned to ski at Mt Trashmore (aka Mt Brighton) and it's only 20 minutes away.  The place could certainly use an infusion of cash and if they spruce it up and make it part of the epic pass I might go make some turns in the evening on occasion.

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Hoigaards will be carrying Bogner now eh?

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Do you think the Vail people saw the number of lifts at Afton and thought the place was big?

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The probably do already...

 

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Hoigaards will be carrying Bogner now eh?

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It's my understanding that Kato and Afton are owned by the same group.  I guess they are lightening their investment.  Kato is marooned out in the middle of nowhere and wouldn't fit Vail's feeder strategy.

 

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I wonder what happened to Mt. Kato (in Mankato, MN)?   I thought Afton Alps also owned that area.

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Afton is big (for the Midwest) and crowded all the time.  It badly needs infrastructure improvements also.  Lots of Twin Cities skiers visit Vail and Beaver Creek each season and Vail Resorts must be hoping to build on that with a local "presence."  One thing for certain, lift ticket prices at Afton will be headed north soon.

 

 

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Do you think the Vail people saw the number of lifts at Afton and thought the place was big?

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From the Mount Kato Facebook page:

 

"Mount Kato is still owned by the Augustine family and will continue to operate as in years past. Our guests will see no difference in operations and Mount Kato staff, management, and ownership looks for forward to serving all of you now and in the future."
 

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Afton is big (for the Midwest) and crowded all the time.  It badly needs infrastructure improvements also.  Lots of Twin Cities skiers visit Vail and Beaver Creek each season and Vail Resorts must be hoping to build on that with a local "presence."  One thing for certain, lift ticket prices at Afton will be headed north soon.

 

 

Afton is saying on their facebook page they will not be raising pricing much in the future, but I doubt that.   I see Season passes going from $400 per adult to $450 per adult or so.    They are going to offer two season passes, the Epic pass (for all vail resorts) and an Afton only pass.   I think the difference is going to be about $200.

 

As long as they put in a tow rope and a few higher speed lifts I'm fine with paying a little more...

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Vail purchased Afton to use as a stepping stone to getting people to their resorts in Colorado. Because Afton is clearly a turd with a giant flatspot on top fo the hills. Lots of jumps, terrain etc for people that like to destroy there gear. For close to home skiing I prefer Wild Mountain..... It will be interesting to see what Vail does with Afton, it needs a ton of work

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