Looking for information on the Chester Bowl Ski Program?
This flyer has some of the basics and the calendar of events.
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CHESTER BOWL SKI PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
GENERAL SKI PROGRAM QUESTIONS
How does the ski program at Chester Bowl work?
- We have over 700 pairs of skis/boots/poles/helmets available to rent each year.
A ski lottery is used to determine the date and time when you can come to Chester Bowl to be fitted for boots and ski packages (please see detailed questions regarding the ski lottery below) that you can rent for the ski season.
- If you need to rent skis, there is a $55 rental fee per season per package that includes boots, skis, poles and a helmet for the season.
- An individual season pass is $106.62 (with tax), and, if you put in 3 volunteer hours during the season, you are refunded $50 of that for a total cost of $56.62 for the season. A family season pass is $165.59 (with tax), and, if you put in 6 volunteer hours during the season, you are refunded $75 of that for a total cost of $90.59 for the season.
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Who runs the Chester Bowl ski program?
The Chester Bowl Improvement Club (CBIC), a non-profit program that depends on the generosity of volunteers to make the programs successful, runs the Chester Bowl ski program and other programs offered during the year. CBIC’s goal is to make programs available to families at affordable prices, but that can only be accomplished with the assistance of the many volunteers that help with our programs throughout the year.
What types of volunteer opportunities are available for me to complete my volunteer hours?
There are many opportunities available for getting volunteer hours before, during and after the ski season. Sign-ups for volunteer opportunities are available during the ski lottery and ski fittings as well as on sign-up sheets in the Chalet during the ski season. Some opportunities are as follows:
Chester Bowl Fall Festival (held in mid-September)
- Set-up and clean-up
- Donation collections at the gate
- Ski Lottery (held in early October)
- Set-up and clean-up
- Ski hill clean-up to prepare hill for ski season (usually held the Saturday following the Ski Lottery)
- Ski Fittings (held in November)
- Assist as needed during ski fittings
- Snow making
Based on weather conditions in November/December.
When started, snow making continues 24-hour per day until ample snow has been made. Volunteers are needed throughout the night/early morning shifts.
- Ski Camp (during Christmas break)
- Volunteers needed to assist with new skiers learning to ski.
- Ski season
- Concession volunteers needed whenever ski hill is open.
- Ski Races (6 races during ski season)
- Ski races registrations the day prior to ski races and the day of the races, before they begin.
- Race announcers
- Race food – you can sign up to bring treats to count as some of your hours.
- Gate keepers
- Bib takers
- Ski returns (end of March)
Volunteers are needed to help with ski returns at the end of the season
If I have my own skis, can I still get a ski pass for Chester Bowl?
Yes. If you have your own skis, you can purchase a season pass for the ski season. An individual season pass is $106.62 (with tax), and, if you put in 3 volunteer hours during the season, you are refunded $50 of that for a total cost of $56.62 for the season. A family season pass is $165.59 (with tax), and, if you put in 6 volunteer hours during the season, you are refunded $75 of that for a total cost of $90.59 for the season.
Does Chester Bowl offer daily ski passes?
Yes. You can get a daily ski pass in the Concession area upstairs in the Chalet for $5.25 per day.
Does Chester Bowl offer daily ski rental?
No. Chester Bowl only does ski rentals for the entire season. No daily rentals are available.
When does the ski hill open/close for the season?
The opening and closing dates for the ski season are weather-dependent. We project opening each season in mid-December and closing in mid-March.
What if my family or I don’t know how to ski?
Chester Bowl offers FREE ski lessons. A FREE ski camp is available Monday through Friday the week of Christmas break, Dec 26-30 as follows:
Non-skiers 11:30 – 12:30
And 1:30 – 2:30
Beginners & Intermediates 3:00 – 4:00
Skiers do not need to sign up prior to ski camp, just come at the appropriate time for their skills. Non-skiers must learn to turn and be able to stop safely before being allowed to go up on the chairlift. Many skiers are able to do this after a day or two. You can come to the Ski Camp on any or all of the days it is offered. You do not have to be there the first day in order to come on any of the other days.
FREE ski lessons are also offered throughout the ski season as follows:
Thursday nights – January through March – Kids only 6:30-7:30
Saturday mornings – January through March – Adults only 11:30-12:30
What if I, as a parent, cannot ski? Who can help my child get safely on the chairlift and learn to ski down the hill?
Chester Bowl utilizes Ski Instructors and Ski Cadets to help those who need assistance. Ski Cadets are available during lessons and during all hours that Chester Bowl is open. They can assist your child, on a one-on-one basis, to learn to safely use the chairlift and to learn to ski down the hill.
How do the ski races work at Chester Bowl?
Anyone can sign up for the ski races. Registration for ski races is available the day before the ski races and the day of the ski races, prior to the beginning of the races. No registrations are allowed after a half hour before the races begin. There is a $10 ski race fee per child with a maximum fee of $20 per family. This covers all 6-ski races during the season and includes a hot dog and treats (available in the ski garage area during the races) at each race. Many kids sign up for their first ski race after learning how to ski during Ski Camp. The races are timed with a timing system so kids can see how they have done. Awards are given to the top 3 racers by gender in each age group but many kids like to race to see how well they do against their own personal best times. Each child is given something for participating in races…sometimes this is a ribbon, a trophy, a poster, etc. Ski helmets are REQUIRED in order to participate in the ski races.
Can I use my ski pass anywhere else?
Through the generosity of area ski hills, you are able to get one free day of skiing (at each) Spirit Mountain, Mont Du Lac Ski Area and Mt. Ashwabay (Bayfield, WI). Your ski pass is required when you go there and a hole will be punched in it to indicate the free pass opportunity has been used for the season.
Is food available at Chester Bowl?
Yes. We have a concession area on the second level of the Ski Chalet with limited food options available for a nominal fee.
SKI LOTTERY QUESTIONS
What is the ski lottery?
The ski lottery is simply a process we use to schedule the ski fittings for the many pairs of skis we rent each year. We have several ski fitting dates available during November. The ski lottery is an equitable way of determining when each person/family is able to come to Chester Bowl to get fitted for their ski rentals for the season.
Does the whole family need to come to the ski lottery?
No, only one person from a family needs to attend the ski lottery.
Can I sign up for ski fitting times for another family?
No. Each family must send a family member to the Ski Lottery. If you miss the Ski Lottery, there is still a chance your family can get ski equipment for the upcoming season. The CBIC will continue to rent skis on a limited basis. HOWEVER, IT IS IN YOUR BEST INTEREST TO ATTEND THE LOTTERY.
Will we get our skis during the lottery?
No, the lottery is only to determine the ski fitting timeslot(s) for each person/family.
When are the ski fittings held?
There are 8-10 ski fitting dates scheduled during the month of November. Ski fittings are scheduled in 2-minute increments from 5:30-8:30 during each of the ski fitting dates. You will need a ski fitting timeslot for each person who will need a ski rental package.
What do I need to bring to the lottery?
You should bring your calendar to the ski lottery so you can determine which ski fitting dates will work for you and/or your family.
Do I need to pay for ski rentals and season passes at the lottery?
No. You do not need to pay for ski rentals and season passes at the lottery. Ski package rental and season pass fees are due at the ski fittings.
What do I need to bring to the ski fittings?
Each member of the family getting skis must come to the ski fittings to be properly fitted for boots, skis, poles and helmets.
Fees for ski package rentals and season passes are due at the ski fittings.
A headshot picture, approximately 1¼“ x 1 ½“ is needed for each person getting a ski pass. Wallet-sized school photos work well for these if you have them.
Sign-ups for volunteer opportunities are available during ski fittings so a calendar of your available dates and times might be handy. This will also allow you to record the dates and times you have chosen to volunteer as well.
Each child needs to sign a Behavior Contract during the Ski Fittings. There is a no tolerance policy for bullying and other bad behavior at Chester Bowl. These contracts indicate that each child is aware of this policy prior to the start of the ski season.
How long will ski fittings take?
Ski fittings will take approximately 15-30 minutes (or more if you have a number of people getting ski packages), depending upon the number of people in your family who need to be fitted for ski packages.
Where do I go for ski fittings?
You will need to start with some paperwork on the second floor of the Chalet first, then you will take that to the Ski Garage across the street for the actual ski fittings. After receiving ski packages, you will return to the Chalet to complete paperwork and pick up ski passes for the season.