Our equipment rental model is to rent gear out for the entire season. For a visual model of how the process of our ski/snowboard lottery and fittings work see below, or for a higher resolution (more easily read version), click here or see the chart below. Gear is kept with the family for the entire season, and can be used at other ski areas as well as at Chester Bowl. Chester Bowl DOES NOT have daily equipment rentals.
All gear is then returned on April 10th, 11th, or 12th.
The process begins in with our Ski and Snowboard Lottery, held this year on October 24, 2017. A date for 2018 has not yet been set. Families that went through our lottery then attended one of our 11 ski and snowboard fitting nights in November to be fitted for their equipment.
All families renting gear must also have a season pass. Prices depend on the number of rentals desired. Please see the pricing grid on page two of this link. Also, please note that families pay the amount in the “initial cost” column. This amount includes a volunteering deposit. After successfully completing volunteer hours, families are eligible for their volunteer deposit to be refunded at the end of the season.
If you are still hoping for gear for the 2017/2018 season please call Sam at 218-724-9832. We have extremely limited supplies of equipment available in only a few sizes.
We were able to add snowboard rentals to our program. thanks to a grant from Essentia Health Community Contributions, for the 2016/2017 season. Because of the success of that program, we doubled our snowboard inventory this year to 100 boards. We have rented out all of our snowboards again this year.
If you are looking to get only a season pass, and are not renting gear, you can come to Chester Bowl any time when the hill is open, or schedule an appointment. On busier days, you may need to be patient until staff are available to help you. You do NOT need to bring your entire family along to get only a season pass IF they have all signed the appropriate paperwork (including peace in the parks and waivers) in advance. Please be sure to bring a photo of each person (approx. 1 inch by 1 inch) getting a pass.
Paperwork is available at the chalet. If you would like to save yourself some time when you come in, you can print it out and fill it out in advance. The paperwork is available at this link. Please note that there are blank pages to allow everything to line up when printing double-sided. If printing single-sided, there is no need to print those blank pages.
We offer partial or full scholarships to those receiving season passes and season rentals. If a scholarship would help your family be able to afford our program, simply fill out the one page form included in the registration packet. Every request is approved. Our goal is to never let a family’s financial situation interfere with their ability to ski or snowboard.
Our ski and snowboard area partners offer fantastic discounts to our season pass holders at their hills. See all the details here!