Ski and Snowboard Season Rental Program

Are you interested in renting skis or snowboards through Chester Bowl this winter? If yes, read on, even if you are past participants.

For Families Getting Season Passes Only– If you and your family have their own ski or snowboard equipment and just need season passes you do not need to register for the rental program. To learn more about day passes, season passes, and our hours of operation follow this link:

ABOUT THE RENTAL PROGRAM- Our equipment rental model is to rent gear out for the entire season; you will get the gear in October or November and keep it with you until mid-April. This gear is yours to use at Chester Bowl, as well as at any other hills that you attend.

Each person who is renting Chester Bowl equipment must also purchase a Chester Bowl season pass. There will not be any exceptions made to this policy. But hey, there are a lot of great benefits that come with a Chester Bowl season pass! To view all the partner discounts that come with your pass follow this link:

Each family will pay a volunteer deposit. During the course of the season, each family will be responsible to complete 6 or 12 volunteer hours depending on how much gear is rented and your family size. If you complete your volunteer hours and return your gear on time in April, you will be eligible to get your volunteer deposit back and you will be among the first to get signed up for equipment fittings before the 2023/2024 season.

We rent out approximately 120 snowboards and 1200 sets of skis each year and the logistics are a bit complicated. The rental registration process allows us to space out all of our families during the fittings, so we can be as fair and efficient as possible!

Costs & Scholarships

Here is a link to this year’s pricing info for renting as well as season pass purchases:

Scholarships are available and a scholarship form is included in every registration packet. If you think that money is going to be an issue please take advantage of our scholarship program! We offer partial or full scholarships to those receiving season passes and season rentals. If a scholarship would help your family be able to afford our program, simply fill out the one page form included in the registration packet. Every request is approved. Our goal is to never let a family’s financial situation interfere with their ability to ski or snowboard.

How To Rent Ski & Snowboard Gear

The process for getting season long rental at Chester can be a little challenging to navigate but we do our best to accommodate as many renters as possible and provide a fair opportunity for everyone to get equipment. The steps below outline the process for getting signed up for equipment.

Step 1: Register For The Rental Program

Follow this link to register for this year’s rental program: Registration is now open to new and returning families and will stay open until 9am on Monday, October 10. Once registration is closed, we will go through the list and separate new families & returning families that completed their volunteer commitment from last season from returning families that didn’t complete their volunteer commitment. We will then randomize registrants in a sort of a “lottery” to determine who will receive the program information, and get to sign up for equipment fittings first. 

  • New families and returning families that completed their volunteer commitment will get an email on Monday, October 10. 
  • Returning families that didn’t complete their volunteer commitment will get their email on Thursday, October 13.
  • The program presentation will be posted on our website for those who missed registration on Monday, October 17.

Step 2: Watch The Program Presentation (included in the email)

Starting Monday, October 10 we will be sending waves of emails. These emails will include program info and a link to a presentation summarizing the entire program so that you do not miss out on any opportunities this winter. It is crucial that parents view the whole presentation. The last slide of the presentation will include a link to our Signup Genius page for snowboard & ski fittings. 

Step 3: Sign Up For Equipment Fittings

At the end of the presentation there will be two links. The first will be a link for snowboard fittings, the second a link for ski fittings. It is important to sign up for a snowboard fitting if you want a snowboard or a ski fitting if you want skis. We cannot swap once the sign ups fill. So, pay attention and click the right link. You can have both skis and snowboards rentals within your family.

You will sign up for an individual fitting time slot for each person who is getting equipment. We suggest signing up your whole family on the same night and in back-to-back fitting slots so that you aren’t having to come to Chester multiple times. You will want to sign up for the earliest date/time as you can as there is a chance that we run out of equipment in later equipment fittings. 

Be sure to sign up for a date and time that you can commit to. Once sign ups fill, we cannot shift you from one to another. 

Please note that we run out of equipment almost every year during fittings. We are not guaranteeing that we will have the right sized equipment and will not rent you gear that doesn’t fit.  In general, the families that register for the program and get signed up for a fitting date/time before we open it to the general public will get gear. Those who miss registration for the rental program or come in to get fit for equipment once we are open for the season have a hard time finding the right sized equipment. If your family finds itself in this situation talk to Sam Luoma, Sam Gravelle, or Dave Schaeffer to learn about possible options to rent gear.

Step 4: Come To A Fitting Appointment

All fittings happen at Chester Bowl, 1801 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth MN, 55812. We need each person who is getting fit for equipment to be present at their scheduled fitting time.

You will need to bring your completed registration packet. This paperwork will be available at the chalet, but we prefer that you complete it in advance of your fitting. Here is the link to the registration packet: A link will be posted once here once we have it ready! 

You can print it out and fill it out in advance. Blank pages are intentional to have pages line up correctly when printing double-sided. If printing single-sided, there is no need to print those blank pages. You can also stop by the Chalet in advance of your fitting to pick up a paper packet, but please call first; our schedules can be unpredictable.

  • You will need a 1″x 1.5″ photo of each person who is renting gear or getting a season pass. This photo should be about the size of the picture on your driver’s license. 
  • Each person who is renting gear needs to attend a fitting. We can’t fit people who are not present.
  • You will need to bring cash, check, or have a completed scholarship form to pay for your equipment and season passes.

During Fittings You Will:

  • Arrive on time for your appointment with each person who is getting fit for gear.
  • Check-in with our volunteer greeter who will:
    • Check your paperwork to make sure it’s complete
    • Check that you have arrived for the correct appointment date/time
  • Once you are checked in you will be let into the equipment fitting garage and you will be fit for equipment. Your rental equipment info will be filled in by volunteers on your paperwork. 
  • You will then put your rental gear in your car and send one parent into the Thom Storm Chalet to complete your paperwork, get your season passes made, sign up for volunteer opportunities (also available online), and pay for your equipment/ complete the scholarship request. 
  • You can then head home and wait for the season to start! 

Step 5: Participating in the Winter Program

Each family is responsible for completing volunteer hours during the course of the season and will be paying a volunteer deposit as part of their rentals. These hours can be completed by helping with several different things throughout the season like volunteering: at Fall Fest, during the hill cleanup, during ski/board fittings, in the concession stand, during snowmaking, and several others. 

We have free lessons that start the week after Christmas and on weekends in January and February. 

There are fun programming options like Freestyle Fridays and our Alpine Race Series. 

We send out reminders about upcoming programming through our email newsletter. To get programming info you need to opt into this newsletter. To do so, head to the main page of our website and complete the form located on the right hand side of our main page. You will then get an email asking to confirm that you would like to get our newsletter. You have to follow the instructions in that email to get program updates. 

Step 6:  Equipment Returns April 17-19! 

This year equipment returns will be April 17-19. There will be a signup listed here, as well as emailed out through our newsletter, where families can sign up for a specific time to bring their gear back, complete their volunteer cards, and get your volunteer deposit back, if you completed your volunteer commitment. 

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