4th Grade Passport Program

The Minnesota Ski Areas Association (MSA) wants to give Minnesota kids a chance to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter by hitting the Minnesota Slopes!

MSA has created a statewide program that provides every 4th grader the opportunity to ski for free.   Your passport includes a minimum of two visits to each resort. For Chester Bowl, passholders receive unlimited free day passes with their MSA Passport.  Please note that we do not offer day rentals of skis or snowboards, and anyone purchasing our season-long rentals must have a regular season pass.

MSA charges $19.95 for the passport (to cover printing and shipping).  Please see this website for more information and to purchase your passport.

ski hill cleanup postponed

***  UPDATED SAT 10/28 , 12:30pm***

Our Ski Hill Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, October 28th, 2017 has been postponed.  We will not have the event on Sunday 10/29.  We will watch the hill to wait for the snow to melt, and then re-schedule for a day to be determined. Volunteers who signed up at the ski lottery will get the first opportunity to sign up for the new date. Additional volunteers will be able to sign up as places remain.  2-5pm.

2017 Season Pass paperwork

If you attended our Ski and Snowboard Lottery, you should have your snowboard or ski fitting date for your rental scheduled. If you were not able to make it, please call us at the chalet to schedule a time (while spots last).  If you are only getting a season pass, not renting gear, you can come on any fitting night (Nov 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, and 21, 5:30-8:30 each evening). Full details are at the Winter Ski and Snowboard tab above, but a quick link to the paperwork packet if you would like to fill it out in advance is at this link. We will have paper copies at the fitting, but some families prefer to save time and work on it in advance.

Skis, Suds, & Slices Nov 10, 2017

Our 10th Skis, Suds, & Slices is coming up, and we want you to be there! This annual fundraiser for Chester Bowl’s Scholarship Fund, is Friday, November 10th, 6-9pm, at Clyde Iron (2920 W Michigan Street, Duluth, 55806).

Skis, Suds, & Slices is a pizza, wine, and beer tasting event with a silent auction. You will get to vote on the “Twin Ports’ Best Pizza” to help determine who keeps the travelling trophy !  Spend the night in conversation with friends new and old while perusing the fantastic items in our silent auction and participating in other games.

Full information can be found here.

Chester Bowl Ski & Snowboard Lottery Tuesday 10/24/17

The 2017 Chester Bowl Ski and Snowboard Lottery is Tuesday, October 24th, at the Vineyard Church (1533 W Arrowhead Road).

Registration begins at 5:30, with the program starting at 6pm. Because of the time required to park and register, we strongly recommend arriving no later than 5:45 pm so that we can start promptly at 6.

The Ski and Snowboard Lottery is a required event for anyone looking to rent gear for the season at Chester Bowl. All season rental families must also purchase a Chester Bowl Season Pass. Our rental system is different than most ski areas; we rent out equipment for the entire season, and it is yours to keep with you all winter, even using at other ski areas.  We do NOT offer daily equipment rentals.  Rentals packages are either a ski package (skis, boots, poles, helmet) or a snowboard package (snowboard, boots, helmet).

As you arrive, you will register yourself to have your family added to our lottery.  Once the event starts, Chester Bowl staff and volunteers will give a brief overview of the programs offered at Chester Bowl, as well as upcoming events and the required volunteering commitment.  We will then draw names of the families in attendance. When your name is called, you will go to the signup area and register your family for the earliest remaining fitting time that works for you. You are then able to leave the lottery.  Families that are new to Chester Bowl and those that completed their volunteer hours last winter are in the first pool to be drawn. Those that were prior participants and did NOT complete their volunteer hours will be in the second drawing.

You will also have the opportunity to begin signing up for your volunteer hours, and also to purchase tickets to November 10th’s Skis, Suds, & Slices fundraiser.

Fitting dates will be published soon, but we will have at least nine fitting nights on weeknights starting on the 1st of November.

Only one adult from each family needs to attend the lottery.  Children are welcome, but most families choose to come without them if possible.  No payments are required or accepted at the lottery. Payment is due at the time of purchase/rental at the fitting nights.

Last year we were able to pilot a snowboard rental program with 50 snowboards thanks to a grant from Essentia Health Community Contributions. Because demand last year far exceeded our supply, we did purchase additional equipment this offseason and have nearly doubled our snowboard inventory!  The snowboard fittings will be on the first fitting night. Families can sign up for both a snowboard and skis so that they have a ski fitting night reserved if they were not able to get a snowboard.

If you are not renting gear this year, and are just purchasing a season pass, you DO NOT need to attend the lottery.  If you are hoping to rent gear, but can not get someone to the lottery, please contact us as soon as possible AFTER the lottery, and we will add you to the fittings as space is available.

In many winters we do rent out all of our equipment to those who have come to the lottery, and may not be able to accommodate everyone who contacts us after the lottery,  so we STRONGLY recommend coming to the lottery if you want to rent gear this season.

With any questions about our winter program, please contact Sam at 724-9832 or sam@chesterbowl.org.

Chester Bowl ski and snowboard season 2017 closed

As of the end of the day Sunday, March 19th, 2017, Chester Bowl’s Ski and Snowboard program is closed for the year.  We hope to have you with us to celebrate a successful winter at our End of Season Potluck and Awards Ceremony at 5:45 pm, Sunday, March 26th, at the Vineyard Church, 1533 Arrowhead Road.

Gear rented from Chester Bowl must be returned on April 11, 12, or 13 between 5:30 and 8:30 pm.

Special weekday hours- February break

Our typical weekly schedule is to be open during days (11:00-4:30) on weekends, nights on Monday, Thursday, and Friday (4:30-8:30), and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

However, our hours sometimes shift when Duluth public schools are scheduled to be closed.  We will be open during our day hours only (11:00-4:30) during the Duluth Public Schools February Winter Break Week- February 20-24- and we will be open each day Monday through Friday that week.

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