Chester Bowl provides a family friendly, positive environment with affordable prices, and is a hill right in town with surprising variations and challenges. Opening Day is Saturday, December 16th!
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 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. Chester Bowl does not have daily equipment rentals.
Our Ski and Snowboard lottery was on Tuesday, 10/24/17. If you were unable to attend the lottery and would like to rent our gear for the season, please contact us at the chalet at 724-9832 to arrange a fitting time (while supplies last).
Last year we were able to add snowboard rentals to our program thanks to a grant from Essentia Health Community Contributions. Because of the success of that program, we have doubled our snowboard inventory to 100 boards. Our snowboard fitting date of November 1st is filled, and we are now accepting names on a wait list- wait list names will be called after the initial fitting as we see what gear will remain.
If you are looking to get only a season pass, and are not renting gear, you can come to Chester Bowl during any of our ski and snowboard fitting nights in November between 5:30 and 8:30 (Nov 1-2, 6-9, 14-16, and 20-21). You can also come once the season starts and the hill is open; 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 and you bring your family pictures.
Paperwork is available at the chalet on fitting nights. 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 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.
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 (Nov 10th 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, which will be active soon).
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. This year we have an added partner- Mount Ski Gull, near Brainerd!
Please contact us if you have any questions, and we hope to see you at Chester Bowl!