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Ski Lottery October 20th, 2015

Our 2015-16 Chester Bowl Ski Program Information Night and Lottery  is Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, from 6:00- approximately 7:30pm at the Ordean-East Middle School Cafeteria, 2900 E. 4th St. Please park in the lower lot right next to the cafeteria.  We recognize that parking is limited, and we can’t control what other activities are happening at the school, so please plan to arrive early to secure parking.

This event is designed to explain how our winter program works and then assign nights for families to come to Chester Bowl to be fitted for rental skis.  We do not currently have snowboard equipment for rent.  No passes will be made or skis fitted on this night, so you are only required to attend if you intend to rent skis for the year.  Full details on our entire winter program are found here. 

At the event, the alpine program will briefly be explained, including information on free ski lessons, holiday ski camp, teen ski cadets, freestyle cadets & scholarships. We will go over how the Chester Bowl Improvement Club (CBIC) functions, including required volunteer hours. A lottery will then assign each family a date in November (Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11/3-11/19) to go to Chester Bowl & be fitted for rental skis, boots, poles & helmets. Parents will also be able to sign up for volunteer opportunities, including the Saturday, October 24, clean the ski hill morning.

Please bring your calendar. No payments will be made until families come to Chester Bowl in November to be fitted for skis.

Most people are able to get their rental equipment reservations and leave in about an hour. However, the last names that get drawn have had to wait sometimes as long as 90 minutes (from the very beginning time of the program) In the interest of being “fair,” once the drawing starts, there will be no late names added.  Parents can enter the lottery for their own family, and not for friends, neighbors or relatives.  ONLY ONE ADULT NEEDS TO COME TO THE LOTTERY; the entire family does NOT need to attend. The event can get quite long for children.

If you miss the ski lottery, there is still a chance your family can get ski equipment for the upcoming season. The CBIC will continue to rent out skis on a limited basis.  However, it is in your best interest to attend the lottery.

Please contact Sam at 724-9832 or sam@chesterbowl.org  if you would like to sign up to volunteer at the ski lottery.  These volunteer hours will count toward the 2015-16 season requirements.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Sam & Dave

Fall Adventure Program

For the first time ever, we are offering a Fall Adventure Program over MEA break!

This two day camp will run Thursday and Friday, October 15th and 16th, from 9:00 (8:30 earliest dropoff) to 5:00 each day.

Each day at camp we will spend nearly the entire day outside, taking advantage of the beautiful park and trails. Daily activities may include nature exploration and hikes, group games like gaga, dodgeball, and capture the flag, arts and crafts, fort building, and playground time.  We emphasize our philosophy of “Peace in the Parks” in our everyday interactions and activities.  Our goal is to return your camper each day tired, dirty, and happy.  Campers can be from Kindergarteners through 13 years old.

The cost is $50 per child for both days, and registration is open until filled.  Scholarships may be available upon request.

Full information and registrations forms can be found here. 



Fall Fest September 19th

We hope you will join us for our 31st Annual Fall Fest on Saturday, September 19th.  For full event details, please visit our event page at http://www.chesterbowl.org/fall-fest/.

Chester Creek Concert Series Announced

We are proud to announce the 2015 Chester Creek Concert Series summer lineup.  This will be the most diverse group of musical acts we have hosted, and will prove to be a highlight of your summer!  Where else can you enjoy a weekly taste of Duluth’s spectacular music scene in a family friendly environment without having to stay up past your bedtime?

Concerts are always free, and are located at the Chester Bowl Park stage, adjacent to the playground, at 1801 East Skyline Parkway.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Concessions are on site.  Thank you to Midwest Communications for being our media sponsor!  Our promotional poster can be found here.

Please call the Chester Creek Concert Hotline after 6:00 PM to check for cancellations: 218-730-4326.  We hope to see you at the shows!

June 2: North Shore Big Band (Big Band)
June 9: Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank (Americana)
June 16: Pot Bellied Stallions (70s – 90s) .  This show starts with special program from 7-7:15, commemorating Thom Storm’s 40 years of commitment and leadership to Chester Park and the surrounding community.
June 23: Woodblind (Acoustic Ska/Reggae)
June 30: Brothers Burn Mountain (Original Blues Duo)
July 7: Borderstone (Traditional Gospel/Folk)
July 14: Fishheads (Lively Bluegrass)
July 21: Gentleman’s Anti-Temperance League (Gypsy Jazz/Swing)
July 28: Sound, Inc. (60s -70s)
August 4: Charlie Parr (Folk)

The rain dates are August 11 and 18  at 6:30, and August 25 at 6:00, as needed.

Thom’s Retirement Party May 1st!

Please join us in celebrating Thom’s well-deserved retirement from Chester Bowl!

We are celebrating on Friday, May 1st from 6-8pm at Somers Lounge at the College of St. Scholastica. This is a casual, family friendly event, and we hope everyone who knows Thom can come!  Join us for cake, beverages, and conversation with friends.  No RSVP’s necessary.

You can view the invitation HERE.

End of Winter Survey

Thank you for another fantastic winter season at Chester Bowl!

We are always looking for ways to improve our program- and you can help!

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey.  It will help us be even better in the future!


Summer Adventure Program Registration Forms Available

Summer Adventure Program registration forms are now available! Completed registrations are accepted beginning 9 am, March 23rd.

See our full informational post with forms at http://www.chesterbowl.org/2015-adventure-program/.


Year End Banquet and final race results

What a fantastic winter and racing season!  Thank you to everyone who came out to compete or volunteer as part of our races.

Now, we want to celebrate!  Our year end Ski Banquet is Friday, April 17th, 6pm, at the Denfeld High School Cafeteria.

All skiers, snowboarders & their families are invited to attend our annual ski banquet, featuring spaghetti, bread sticks, tossed salad & desserts. Awards will be given to all racers, regardless of how they placed this season. Cost is $7/each, with children 5 & under free. The family rate is $25 if paid by Friday, April 10, at 5:00 PM. After that, it will be $8/each & $30/family until the Tuesday, April 15, 5:00 PM deadline.  Reservations must be paid for in advance, as we will be charged for the number of people we tell the food service staff are attending.

The registration form to fill out is here.  You can print it out to mail in or drop off in person (at ski returns!) along with a check.

At the banquet, we will recognize every child who raced this year (even if they only raced once), and every child will go home with something!  We also will have trophies for the top three children in each category.  These results were based on the top 4 times from the 6 races, and children must have raced in at least four of the six races to be eligible.

You can find the year end race results for skiers here.  Results for snowboarders are here.  Any racer with a listing of “DSQ” did not meet the four race minimum to be considered for year end awards.  Qualifying racers are then listed in order of finish.  For each race, the winner gets a score of 10, second place 9, etc.  If there are 10 or more racers everyone at 10th place and below gets a 1.  We add  up the top four races for each racer to get a score for the end of the season, with the highest score being the winner.

We hope to see everyone at the year end banquet- with an anti-climactic early end to the season, it will be wonderful to bring our community back together to celebrate.

Thank you,

Thom, Dave, and Sam


Pictures from 2014:

2014 banquet 2 2014 banquet 3

Ski Returns 3/30, 3/31, and 4/1

Now that the ski season is over, we have the task of collecting over 850 sets of skis, boots, poles & helmets that were rented.

Here is our collection schedule.


Monday, March 30, 5:30-7:30

Last names beginning with A-J


Tuesday, March 31, 5:30-7:30

Last name beginning with K-Q


Wednesday, April 1, 5:30-7:30

Last names beginning with R-Z


Please do the following-

1.  Wipe off all equipment

2.  Buckle ski boots

3.  Put a rubber band around ski poles


If you can not come on your assigned night, come on any night.

PLEASE make every effort to bring back your skis during the ski return nights.     It makes a tremendous amount of extra work for the staff to call all the families that do not return their skis on time & set up individual appointments for them.


We still need 5 volunteers to help collect skis on Wednesday April 1, from 5:15-7:45.  If you can help us out, please email your name & phone # to:



Thanks for supporting your park!


Thom, Dave & Sam

Kiwanis Trophy Race


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Hours & Events

October 15 & 16, Fall Adventure Program (over MEA break)

October 20th, 6pm, Ski Lottery, Ordean East Middle School

October 24th, 9am, clear the ski hill volunteer day (brush removal, etc.)

November 3rd-19th, Ski Rental Fittings

November 13th, "Skis, Suds, & Slices"- Fundraiser featuring pizza, beer, and wine tastings and a silent auction

December 12th, Opening Day! (Weather permitting)


Chester Bowl Improvement Club
1801 East Skyline
Duluth, MN 55812
phone: (218) 724-9832

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Inclusiveness Policy

Chester Bowl Improvement Club (CBIC) is deeply committed to providing a diverse, inclusive and respectful environment in the park and in our programs. CBIC is committed to preventing bullying and harassment in our community and expect all program participants to sign our Peace in the Parks pledge. For both employment and access to programs and activities, the CBIC will not engage in discrimination against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation including gender identity.