Fall Fest Vendor Applications for 2016 are now available. You can download the document and find out more by clicking here.
Did you miss ski returns?
Please bring your gear to Chester Bowl on Thursday, May 12th, between 4 and 6 pm. Then stick around for our park cleanup from 6-8pm!
We are very excited to announce our lineup for 2016’s Chester Creek Concert Series! Please join us on Tuesdays this summer to experience free outdoor live music! Thank you to the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department and Kat Country 98.9 and Midwest Communications for sponsoring this series.
To check for weather cancellations on concert days, please call our hotline at 218-730-4326 after 6pm.
The Chester Bowl Improvement Club is moving forward with our renovation and expansion plans for the Thom Storm Chalet. After three public meetings and numerous other opportunities for feedback, we have developed the preliminary design for the chalet. We worked with LHB Architects, who provided these initial services free of charge!
We are presenting the plans to the Duluth Parks Commission on April 20th. Once the plans are approved, we will then seek approval from the Planning Commission and City Council. The next step is fundraising- this is about a $1 million project!- followed by construction ready design, and finally the construction itself. This is a big project, so we anticipate that construction will take place several years from now.
The Chalet renovation includes several significant changes to the structure of the building, while retaining the “feel” of the traditional Swiss Chalet Style. The residents’ apartment will be moved to a new third level, allowing the second level to nearly double the open available space for the ski program, summer camp, and chalet rentals. The cramped concessions stand will be moved and expanded. The bottom level will be reconfigured for larger hallway access, better office space utilization, and expanded storage. We will become accessible by ADA standards through the renovation of existing restrooms, the addition of one single stall “family” restroom, and the addition of an elevator. The site immediately around the chalet will benefit from changes to the parking structure and the addition of a permanent bridge near the chalet. The building is currently very inefficient from an energy conservation standpoint, and improvements during redesign are expected to result in a net decrease in energy use despite a larger building.
We are very excited about these plans, and hope you are too! You can view them by clicking here. Please note that the first page is the EXISTING layout for comparison. Any feedback can then go to Dave Schaeffer at 724-9832 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for our Summer Adventure Program is open!
Full information and registration forms are found at this link.
All applications will be processed using a lottery system this year. Registration opens on the morning of Monday, March 21st. You can download the forms, or we will have paper copies of the forms available at the chalet. This year we are NOT doing a first-come-first-served registration. All forms received between Monday, March 21st and Friday, March 25th will be processed in a RANDOM order beginning Monday, March 28th. Staff will be available Mon-Fri the week of the 21st between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. Forms can also be mailed in or dropped off in our mailbox. We do expect every single day to fill to capacity again, so please get your registration in the week of March 21-25th to give your family the best opportunity at registering. If camp is not filled after the first week of registration, additional applications will be processed in the order received.
Due to deteriorating and unsafe snow conditions, Chester Bowl is now closed for the season. Our last day of operations was Monday, March 7th.
Do you miss us already? We miss you too! Please join us at the Thom Storm Chalet on Sunday, March 13th from 12:00-1:30 for a picnic/potluck! We will provide hot dogs, buns, plates, napkins, utensils, and some leftover items from concessions. You can bring a dish to share. If the weather is nice, we’ll be outside; if not, we will be in the chalet. Please join us for this free event!
We also hope you will come to our end-of- season celebration at our Ski and Snowboard banquet March 30th. Registration is required; see more at this link.
Finally, don’t forget about ski returns April 12, 13, & 14.
If you were scheduled in concessions after March 7th or to volunteer at March 13th’s parent race, you WILL still get credit for your hours. Be sure to add those hours on your volunteer card.
Thanks for a great season!
Scroll through the 90 plus photos below, taken Sunday, March 6 between 1:15 and 3 pm. Maybe your kiddo is there. Thanks for making it a great day of skiing!
Our season will officially end on March 20th, or sooner if the weather forces us to close the hill early.
Those of you with Chester Bowl rental gear will need to return it to us at the end of the season. We have scheduled the ski returns for April 12, 13, and 14th between 5:30 and 8:00 pm each night. We have moved returns back this year to allow families to use their gear at the partner hills that stay open later than us (don’t forget to take advantage of all those free passes!), as well as for use on Spring Break if you are travelling to ski!
Please be sure that you have all of you gear for the entire family with you. We prefer that equipment is wiped off, boots are fully buckled, and poles are rubber-banded together. As a general guideline to space out the rush, we ask that families with last names A-J come on April 12, last names K-Q come on April 13, and last names R-Z come on April 14. If your selected night does not work for you, you MAY come on any night. Our goal is for all skis to be returned in this three night period!
Join us to celebrate the end of the season! Wednesday, March 30th is Chester Bowl’s Annual Ski & Snowboard Banquet! The event is at 6:00pm at the Denfeld High School Cafeteria. Come celebrate another successful ski and snowboard season with great food, people and awards for skiers, snowboarders, volunteers and the many others who make Chester Bowl possible.
This banquet isn’t just for skiers and ski racers! We would like everyone to come regardless if you participated in the races or Freestyle Fridays, the Ski Cadet or Freestyle Cadet program; all are welcome!
Cost is $7/each, with children 5 & under free, or a family rate of $25 if paid by Friday, March 25, at 5:00 PM. After that, it will be $8/each & $30/family until the Tuesday, March 29th, 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. Forms can be dropped off at Chester Bowl or mailed in (1801 East Skyline Parkway, Duluth, MN 55812). The banquet reservation form can be found here!