Chester Bowl Ski and Snowboard races help kids develop a love for skiing fast and honing their turning skills, while competing in a low-pressure environment. Our races start in the top race house (the brown building to the right of the lift), and racers roar down the hill through approximately a dozen gates before crossing the laser-timed finish line. Racers do two runs, one on the blue course, and one on the red course, and the times are added to determine final placement. The only exception is the Friday night race, where racers only do one run. An awards ceremony follows each race upon completion. Age/Division winners receive trophies, and every child receives some sort of prize at each race. We also have season-ending awards, given out at our End of Season Potluck (Sunday, 3/25, 5pm, Vineyard Church).
If your child can go up the chairlift, they are ready to race! We strongly encourage families to start with the first race of the season. As extra incentive, every child will receive a trophy, regardless of how they place. Our Saturday lessons often include practice at going through race gates. Conditions permitting, we also have the race course set up and open when we open the hill for the day, allowing for racers to practice the course before the race begins.
These races truly are run at a low-competitiveness level, and are focused on getting kids out there and having fun.
Ski and snowboard divisions are divided by gender and into age brackets. For skiing, age divisions are 5 and under, 6 & 7, 8 & 9, 10 & 11, 12 & 13, 14-16. Snowboard age divisions are 7 & under and 8 & over. We have had children as young as 3 race with us.
The race registration fee covers the entire season, and is only $15 for one child or $25 per family (regardless of number of racers, 2 or more), This cost includes a free lunch in the ski garage. Lunch starts at 12:30, and does not last the entire race period, so please eat BEFORE racing.
Racers can double up in the ski and snowboard divisions, at no additional cost.
Parent volunteers are needed for each race. Signups are on paper forms only. We keep the volunteer forms for the next week’s race on a doorway in the chalet hallway.
Our 2018 Schedule:
January 7, registration 11-12:30, race start 1:15, sponsored by Republic Bank. Every child receives a trophy!
January 14, registration 11-12:30, race start 1:15, sponsored by Pine-Apple Orchard
January 21, registration 11-12:30, race start 1:15. This is the Ray E Wick Memorial race sponsored by the Lions Club
FRIDAY, February 2, registration 4:30-5:30, race start 6:15, sponsored by the Ski Hut
February 11, registration 11-12:30, race start 1:15, sponsored by Grand Avenue Veterinary Clinic
February 18, registration 11-12:30, race start 1:15, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. This is the 50th consecutive year of sponsoring our events, going back to the ski jumping era! Every child receives a trophy.
All racers MUST be registered by the end of the registration time. We can not add kids late because we need time for data management in our racing computer program. For all of our races we offer pre-registration. For Sunday races, pre-registration is the Saturday prior, 2:30-3:30. For the Friday race, pre-registration is Thursday, 6:30-7:30.