*** PLEASE NOTE THIS PAGE HAS INFORMATION FROM THE 2016/2017 SEASON AND IS NOT YET UPDATED FOR 2017/2018. YOU CAN EXPECT UPDATES CLOSER TO THE WINTER SEASON. PASSES AND RENTALS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE UNTIL NOVEMBER, WITH OUR SKI LOTTERY LIKELY IN LATE OCTOBER***
Chester Bowl provides a family friendly, positive environment with affordable prices, and is a hill right in town with surprising variations and challenges. We are projected to open the Chester Bowl Alpine Ski and Snowboard program on December 10th, 2016, snow conditions permitting.
We offer season passes, season ski rentals, and day passes at Chester Bowl, and are generally open Thursdays through Mondays (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).
Click here to download a PDF with information about our winter ski and snowboard program, including rates for the year and important upcoming dates.
Our equipment rental model is to rent gear out for the entire season. For the very first time, thanks to the Essentia Health Community Contributions, we will have a limited number of snowboards available to rent! 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. Chester Bowl does not have daily equipment rentals.
We have completed our ski and snowboard fitting nights for the year. If you missed the fittings and would still like to rent gear for the season, please call Sam at 218-724-9832 to check on availability. As of 11/28, we do have ski availability and very limited snowboard availability (size 140 boards and smaller- picture elementary aged youth).
If you are looking to get only a season pass, and are not renting gear, you can come to Chester Bowl during any time the ski hill is open, or call us to arrange a time to come in outside of those hours. If you arrive when the hill is open, 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.
Paperwork is available at the chalet. If you would save yourself some time when you come in, you can print it out and fill it out in advance. The paperwork is available by clicking here.
All of our lessons are free for pass holders; see the previously mentioned program link for details on our Holiday Break Ski and Snowboard Camp, followed by Saturday Lessons. We also have six ski and snowboard races, Freestyle Friday competitions, and other special events.
Our program simply could not happen without the volunteer efforts of our families. Depending on your number of passholders and if you rent gear, each family will be responsible for volunteering for 6 or 12 hours during the season. Volunteer opportunities including helping with snowmaking, at our ski fitting nights, at Skis, Suds, & Slices (Oct 28th silent auction), or volunteering with the board or a committee. One of our biggest needs is for volunteers to help with our concessions stand. We need three individuals working each day while we are open. Signups are online through the signupgenius web portal (with a link at our volunteer tab above).
Our partner agencies also offer generous benefits to our season pass holders, as in the graphic below, or found in larger font at this link.
Please contact us if you have any questions, and we hope to see you at Chester Bowl!