NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Arrivederci to Mount Como

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Arrivederci to mighty (small) Mount Como, the venerable alpine hill in the middle of Como Park’s golf course where the downhill ski and snowboard season reigns for two months every winter. The season will finish this week with the final day of the five-week lesson cycle offered by St. Paul Parks and Recreation, http://www.stpaul.gov. The hill will be a riot of color on Saturday, February 5 as the community puts on costumes, blows up balloons and celebrates snow sports, one of the best ways to enjoy winter in the Twin Cities.

Participants in the Como program are also invited to put their ski skills to the test on Family Day at Afton on Sunday February 6. Discounted Afton lift tickets and equipment rental is available to students, family and friends with an advance purchase at the Como Chalet equipment rental shop. For more information, call the chalet at (651) 488-9673.

For over 45 years Como Park has offered the most affordable lift ticket in town. The two tow ropes, powered by an old car engine, are the centerpiece to the operation. Over 1000 skiers and snowboarders rode the ropes this year. Most of them were participants in lessons offered by St. Paul Parks and Rec. The chalet (the converted golf club house located at 1431 North Lexington Parkway) rents out ski and snowboard packages and offers belly-warming snacks during the season.

The final day that the Como Park Ski Center Chalet  and the tow rope will be operating is Sunday, February 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park terrain for cross country skiers will continue to be groomed “until further notice” according to Paul Prior, Program Supervisor for the City of Saint Paul. 

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