Cadet Program

**** UPDATE 8/09/21 The information below is from the Winter 2020/2021 season. We will update this page to reflect Winter 2021/2022 Cadets once our plans are finalized.****

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

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.

The rest of this section is divided into three parts: a COVID-19 update, for parents of skiers and snowboarders needing assistance, and for Cadets and their families.

COVID-19 update:

Our programs is doing everything possible to minimize the risk of virus transmission. By it’s very nature, those participating in lessons and with chairlift support (either younger participants needing help or the Cadets helping them) need to be in close contact at some times, including riding the chairlift together. We are asking families to decide if this program is right for them. All Cadets and youth needing help will be required to wear gloves and masks while in close proximity, and will follow our full pandemic plan.

For parents of skiers and boarders needing assistance:

Cadets in both of our programs (ski and snowboard cadets and freestyle cadets) are available to assist those learning to ski and snowboard at Chester Bowl.  Cadets are always available to be chairlift partners to those who need assistance riding the lift. They can also be skiing/boarding buddies for limited numbers of trips up and down the hill.

If you need assistance for your newer skier or boarder while at Chester Bowl, look for the “Cadet station” near the lift line.  The next cadet to come through the lift line will be able to assist your child.  The sign reads as follows:

Cadets are a supplement to lessons, but should not be used as a replacement for attending our free skiing and snowboarding lessons. Cadets have been through two trainings with our staff, and are supervised by the Program Manager and two parent volunteers.

For Cadets and their families:

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 trainings before the hill opens in December.  Cadets are expected to volunteer for a total of 50 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.

An online registration form will be found at a link at this page closer to the start of the season.

All cadets will need to attend an outdoor training in Fall/Winter 2020; there will be no indoor training this year.  Freestyle cadets will have their outdoor training (and do the initial terrain park setup) on at day and time to be determined.  Ski and Snowboard Cadets will have their outdoor training with instructors on a day and time to be determined. Both trainings are dependent on Chester Bowl having snow and being open for the season, and may be re-scheduled if we are not yet open.

To register as a youth volunteer follow this link: A NEW LINK FOR 2021/2022 WILL BE PROVIDED.

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

Duluth, Minnesota