The hill cleanup scheduled for today, Saturday 10/24, is on! We are scheduled from 9-12. The rain has passed, and it should be a good day to work outside. Please bring work gloves and any tools you have for clearing and removing brush, weeds, and branches.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Sam & Dave
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.
Buy advance tickets now!
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/.
Thanks to Jeremy Kershaw who documented Thom’s rockin’ Retirement party. Here’s what you missed if you didn’t make it.
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.
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!
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.
Thom, Dave, and Sam
Pictures from 2014:
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
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