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 9th, 2017, 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 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.
Our Ski and Snowboard lottery is on Tuesday, 10/24/17, at the Vineyard Church (1533 W. Arrowhead Rd.) Registration begins at 5:30, with the program starting at 6pm. Please arrive by 5:45 pm! Full details on the lottery are found at this link.
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 and hope to meet the full demand!
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. 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 will be closer to the fittings.
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).
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 NOTE THIS IS THE BENEFIT LIST FROM LAST WINTER 2016/2017. PARTNER BENEFITS ARE NOT YET CONFIRMED FOR 2017/2018.
Please contact us if you have any questions, and we hope to see you at Chester Bowl!