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Support Growing Up Chester by doing yoga!

Duluth Yoga is hosting a fundraiser class for Chester Bowl and the Growing Up Chester campaign to expand and renovate the Chalet! Your $25 donation to participate in the class will go directly to Growing Up Chester.

This class is on Sunday, March 10th at 3pm, at the Duluth Yoga studio 14 E St. Marie St.

This all-levels class will teach yoga poses and flow through sequences, as well as hold poses to build strength, flexibility, and to encourage release. Your experience in the studio will help you tackle or recover from the slopes. Class will be 1 hour in length and the room will be gently heated.

You can sign up by clicking right here.

Support Chester Bowl through The Spice and Tea Exchange

Did you enjoy the food and beverages from the Spice and Tea Exchange at Skis, Suds, & Slices? Now you can enjoy more while supporting Chester Bowl! 10% of their sales through this order sheet will be donated to Chester Bowl and the scholarship fund. There are so many teas and spices to choose from.

Check it out at the link below!

Winter registration update

Registration is now open for all families!

If you want to rent skis for the season, find out all of the details and register for your equipment fitting time here:

Our snowboard fittings are filled, and our wait list is long enough that new registrants are very unlikely to have equipment available for them.

Are you looking to just get a season pass? You can come in on any of our equipment fitting nights OR come in once the season starts. Please note that we will NOT be able to make season passes between our last day of fittings (11/28) and our start of the season (tentatively 12/16). If you are planning on using any of our partner discounts before Chester opens for the year, you would need to get your season passes at an equipment fitting night. Full season passes are here:

Chester Bowl has awarded the full allotment of $25,000 in scholarships for the winter season. Unfortunately, we will not be able to award any additional scholarships.

October Scholarship update

We closed registration on October 9th. Our scholarship requests received during registration were over double the amount of the available scholarship funding. If you submitted the registration form and requested a scholarship, you should have received an email from with your scholarship award amount. If you did not, please check your junk mail, and then reach out to Dave.

We did award all available funding, so unfortunately, we will not be able to award any future scholarship requests for this winter.

While making the scholarship determinations, we followed the priorities listed at, with a focus on awarding scholarships to new families and returning families who completed their volunteer hours last year, as well as the lowest income families.

Winter 2023/2024 registration is now open!

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2023/2024 Chester Winter Program! While this may seem early to begin to think about skiing and snowboarding, winter will upon us soon enough and we have a lot of amazing programming planned. Please take a second to read through this email and be sure to pay attention to the info about registration and scholarships as those aspects of the program have changed this year.


You need to complete a Google form if you plan on renting ski or snowboard equipment, and/or if you are requesting a scholarship (even if the scholarship is for just a season pass). Families only need to complete this form once, so please communicate with your partners to avoid submitting multiple entries. If you are getting a season pass only, and are NOT requesting a scholarship, then you do not need to register. When you register, you will identify how many season passes, how many sets of equipment, and what equipment you will be renting. If you are requesting a scholarship, you will also do that as part of this registration and will identify your family size and income range. There is more info about scholarships below. Once you click “Submit” you are registered.

Registration is open starting Tuesday, 9/12/23 and will close Monday, October 9 at 9am. You can register any time in that window. After that point, if you miss the deadline to sign up, you will have to sign up for any available ski fitting appointments once we post it to our website starting on October 16, and your family will likely not have access to scholarship funding, as we expect that it will have all been awarded.

You can register now at this link:

Costs & Payments

The costs of this year’s program can be found by following this link:

You will notice that there are more categories this year for season passes and rentals. To determine your family’s costs, you must first find the number of season passes you are purchasing, then find the number of equipment rentals, and then you can follow the row over to find your initial cost.

There are several different payment options you may choose:

  • Credit Card/ Debit Card- this is a new option, and please note that there will be a surcharge to cover the processing fees
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Payment Plan: You must provide Chester Bowl with three pre-written checks when you check out. Your total cost will be divided into three payments. The first check is due and dated at the time of your equipment fitting. The second check will be dated and deposited on January 15, and the third payment will be dated and deposited on February 15.


The scholarship support is designed for families with lower income that are unable to afford to participate in our programs without financial support. This season, the scholarship funding is limited to $25,000. If your family is requesting a scholarship, please complete the winter program registration form before the 9 am October 9th deadline. Families will be notified of the scholarship amount they can expect before equipment fittings. Scholarships will be awarded based on need and will be awarded first to families that completed their volunteer hours last season and new families.  Families may be responsible for a portion of their rental fees even if they are requesting a full scholarship. You can see a full explanation of the changes to our scholarship program and the reasons for it here:

Equipment Fittings

We have a limited amount of gear that is rented out for the season on a first come, first served basis. Families will sign up for individual ski or snowboard fitting appointments.  On October 10 a link will be emailed out to families that completed their hours from last season or are new to the program. The link will be mailed out on October 13 to families that did not complete their volunteer hours last year. This link will let everyone watch a winter slideshow summarizing all the different programming we have planned for the winter. At the end of the presentation, there will be a link to a Signup Genius page where families can sign up for ski or snowboard fittings.

Once signed up, families will come to Chester on their scheduled fitting night in late October or November, get fit for their gear, put it in their cars, and then pay for that equipment. They then take that gear home with them, wait (patiently?) for snow, and then ski at Chester and our partner organizations all winter long!

Equipment returns are April 22-24. Please put these dates in your calendar now, because if you miss these return nights you will be in the last group to sign up for equipment fitting nights during the 2024/2025 season.

Season Pass Benefits

Our season passes come with free lift tickets and deals at our partner resorts including: Mount Ashwabay, Giants Ridge, Mont du Lac, Lutsen, Mount Ski Gull, Whitecap, and Spirit Mountain. Details on the benefits are still being confirmed for 2023/2024.

There’s a lot of info in this email and can be a lot to absorb especially if you are a new family. Please email if you have any questions. If you know of any families that would benefit from learning to ski or snowboard, please share this email with them or encourage them to visit our website. We are looking forward to having a great winter with all of you.