Winter Cadet Program

*** Update Summer 2024 ***

Information below was from winter 2023/2024, and is here for reference. Look for updates in Fall 2024 for Winter 2024/25, including dates.

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Chester Bowl Cadets are teen/tween volunteers, and are essential to our program. Cadets help during lessons, teach people to ride the chairlift correctly and help smaller kids get on the chairlift, help setup & maintain the terrain park, help during Freestyle Fridays, are available to ski or snowboard with kids who may need a little extra help, and demonstrate Peace in the Park on the hill. They are often the ones to take a new skier or snowboarder up the chairlift for the very first time.

The Cadet program has two purposes: to provide leadership and growth opportunities for teens and tweens, and to provide assistance and role models to our younger and/or newer participants. In exchange for their volunteer service, Cadets receive a jacket with their name on it (in their first year), free food while volunteering, access to leadership trainings, and free snowskate rentals.

Participating in the Cadet Program

Cadets must be in 7th grade through 10th grade. Participants are recruited during the fall, especially around the time of ski/snowboard fittings and the lottery, and have training before the hill opens in December. Cadets are expected to volunteer for a total of 40 hours over the course of the season, prioritizing the December Holiday Break, Saturday lessons, and Freestyle Fridays. In return for their time, cadets receive free food while working, leadership training, free snowskate rentals (outside of when lessons need them) and will be able to attend a private ski & snowboard party on March 9th only for Cadets and siblings!

All Cadets must attend two orientations. The first orientation will be on Thursday, November 30, 4:30-5:30 and will be held via Zoom. This orientation will describe the program goals, expectations for Cadets and provide all the info that Cadets will need to be successful. The second training will be on Saturday, December 23, noon-2pm, and will be an outdoor, on-hill orientation where Cadets will practice the skills they will be using during their volunteer service. 

Registration for the 2023/2024 Winter Cadet Program was open through Tuesday, November 28. It is now closed.

For additional information, please contact Sam Luoma at 218-724-9832 or

Duluth, Minnesota