Fun Slope Open

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Our Fun Slope is open, and our skiers and boarders are loving the new addition to the hill!  We held our grand opening on Friday, January 22nd.

Working with private contractors and city staff, the Chester Bowl Improvement Club was able to facilitate the addition of a new run- our “Fun Slope”. This newly skiable area is peppered with berms and waves of snow, creating a unique ski and snowboard experience that skiers and boarders of all ages are sure to love. We had another problem- this area was not adequately lit! Without new- and expensive- lighting, we would need to close this area off each day after darkness fell. This wasn’t a good option for us, so we sought out partners to make a lighting project happen.

I can’t overemphasize how much we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses to help us accomplish projects like our FunSlope. As a very small non-profit with only 2 year-round staff, we could not make this happen otherwise.

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations who contributed to this project with a donation of time and/or materials:

For our lighting project: Scott Haedtke, Gausman and Moore, initial lighting plan; Brandon Smith, Holophane, donation of lighting materials; Jordan Oja, Corey Eye-lee, and Dale Tikka, Simco electrical work and materials; The Minnesota Power Foundation for a grant for the light pole and installation.

City Crews were also heavily involved in all aspects of this project: Joe Miller, overall planning and oversight; The entire Parks and Rec trails and trees crew, including Ben Sosnieki, Bob Bugbee, Bob Dunsmore, Billy Davis, Darrin Frankoviak (also our lead groomer who constructed the snow elements); Doug Rosas, Larry Abrahamson, Todd Halbakken.
The project also included a new lower lift building: Bryan Thoreson, Mark Kettelhut, Tony Livingston, Rick Hanson

As a volunteer driven organization, we also are indebted to our volunteer Board of Directors and Development Committee.  The idea began with recently retired Executive Director Thom Storm- Thank you for your vision, Thom

We appreciate all of the local media coverage we received.  You can see what everyone is saying about the Fun Slope at the links below.

http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Fun-Slope-at-Chester-Bowl-opens-366317901.html

 http://www.wdio.com/article/stories/S4026103.shtml?cat=10335

 http://www.fox21online.com/news/local-news/a-beloved-duluth-park-gets-a-new-attraction/37590728

 http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/video/1yjstIXT 

 

Race!

Chalet Renovation- public meetings!

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We have exciting news!  The Chester Bowl Improvement Club Board of Directors and staff are in the early stages of planning an expansion and renovation of the Thom Storm Chalet, and we want you to participate in the process!

 

If you have spent time in the chalet during ski and snowboard season- or during summer camp- you have seen that our building is not large enough to fully accommodate everyone who wants to be part of our programs.  In fact, we had to limit summer camp registration based on the available indoor space for rainy days, and some days filled four hours after registration opened!  We also recognize that the building is deteriorating and is very energy in-efficient.

 

The Board of Directors has been working with LHB Corporation to develop an initial design plan to present for public comment.  We have three meetings planned to gather public input on the proposed renovation and expansion to the Thom Storm Chalet and share our work on this project to date. The public meetings will take place on:

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, 6:00 pm

All public meetings will take place at: Central Hillside Center, 12 E 4th Street

 

In November, 2014, the City of Duluth approved the Chester Park Mini-Master Plan to guide future use and development in Chester Bowl Park. One specific concept included was a chalet renovation and expansion. Click here for more information. At these meetings, the CBIC will present the process to date of the Mini-Master Plan and the needs and factors leading to the chalet redesign. LHB Corporation will then present the current design concept and solicit comments and feedback on the design. Each meeting will build on the last as comments and changes may be worked into the design concept. After the public process, the final plan will proceed to the Parks Commission, the Planning Commission, and the City Council for approval before fundraising and construction will begin. This project is a partnership between the CBIC and the City of Duluth.

 

If you are unable to attend the meetings, you may email comments to Dave Schaeffer with the CBIC at dave@chesterbowl.org or mail comments to the Chester Bowl Improvement Club, 1801 E Skyline Pkwy, Duluth, MN 55812.

 

You can see the press release from the City of Duluth at this link.

 

Please join us at the public meetings and invite your friends!  We need your ideas and participation to ensure that we build the best chalet possible!

 

 

Chester Creek Concert Series- musicians wanted!

Our Chester Creek Concert Series runs 10 Tuesday nights in the summer from mid-June into August.  If you have never been to one of our concerts, you will need to be sure to come out this year!

We have an open application process for bands interested in performing.  Chester Bowl staff and volunteers work with Duluth Parks and Recreation staff and commission members to select the lineup.

If you have a band or know someone who does, please consider applying or pass the information on!  The application process is detailed at http://www.duluthmn.gov/parks/chester-creek-concert-series-2016/.  Applications are due by February 14th.

First Race January 3rd

Our first race is Sunday, January 3rd , and we hope your family will be part of it!

If your child can ride up the chairlift, they are ready to race!  For skiers, we have divisions from under-5 up to 16 years old., split by gender.  For snowboarders, we have a boys and a girls division.  Our races are $15 for the season (6 races) for one child, $25 per family.  Please plan on paying with either cash or check. Lunch is provided for racers.

You can register Saturday between 2:30 and 3:30, or Sunday between 11:00 and 12:30. There is NO late registration.  The race starts at 1:15 with the youngers skiers first.  The races tend to last about 1 1/2 hours, followed by an award ceremony.  Every child does get a medal at this first race, so be sure to stick around!!  Our races tend to be low key and fun, with a focus on everyone doing their best.  The racecourse is set up in advance, so skiers can practice on it earlier in the day.

Finally, as of 1/2, we do need additional volunteer gatekeepers tomorrow from 12:45 until as late as 4pm.  It is an outside job, but it shouldn’t be too bad in tomorrow’s nice weather.  Please reply to Sam at sam@chesterbowl.org or sign up in person tomorrow on our signup sheet in the lower level if you can help.

Ski and Snowboard Hill tentatively opening December 26th

Due to the unseasonably warm weather (and rain!) we have been unable to start making snow at Chester Bowl as early as we would have liked.  We also no longer have any natural snow on the hill.

We are tentatively scheduling our opening for the season for Saturday, 12/26, at 11:00 A.M..  This opening date is tentative based on weather and snowmaking conditions between now and then; we hope to start making snow on Monday, 12/14, but it is a 7-10 day minimum project to cover the hill and prepare for skiing.  It is possible (but unlikely) that we could open earlier.  If weather does not cooperate, it is also possible we will open later than 12/26.

Please continue to monitor our website, Facebook page, and email group for updates.

Thank you for supporting Chester Bowl!

Skis, Suds, & Slices Success!

We would like to extend a huge “Thank You!” and our sincere gratitude to everyone who was a part of making our Skis, Suds, & Slices event extremely successful!

Thanks to the generosity of the Chester Bowl community, we raised $8,211.88 for our scholarship fund, significantly exceeding our goal of $7000!  Together with the funds raised through gate donations at Fall Fest, this should enable us to grant a scholarship to any family that needs one to participate in our Winter Ski and Snowboard ($12,000 awarded last year) and our Summer Adventure Program ($3000 last year) in the coming year.  Thank YOU for your support.

This year we created a travelling trophy for the Twin Ports Best Pizza- as voted on by those at our event and tasting the samples provided by Midi Restaurant, Pizza Luce, Thirsty Pagan, and Vitta Pizza.  Our winner was THIRSTY PAGAN, so keep an eye out for the trophy when you next visit their restaurant!  In addition to our pizza providers, we also want to thank our other event and food and beverage sponsors, including Little Angie’s Cantina, Bent Paddle Brewery, Castle Danger, Michaud, Blacklist, Fitgers, Fitgers Wine Cellars, The Exchange, Wine Merchants, Bernick’s, Midwest Communications including Justin Michaels from Kat Country 98.9, and ShelDon.

For the first time, we had free babysitting at the event- a movie night in the theater next door for kids ages four and up- with almost thirty kids attending!  We expect to offer this benefit again next year.

The event also benefitted from dozens of volunteers, but special thanks go to our planning committee of Andrea Mistelske, Christy Jaros, Stephanie Balmer, Jesse Singer, David Anderson, Kevin Rapanna, and Amy Kranig.

We hope to see everyone at next year’s event!

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