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: https://www.chesterbowl.org/ski-and-snowboard/2022-2023-season-pass-purchases/
ABOUT THE RENTAL PROGRAM- Our equipment rental model is to rent gear out for the entire season; you will get the gear at fitting nights in October or November (or once the season starts if gear remains) 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: https://www.chesterbowl.org/partner-ski-area-discounts/
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.
Costs & Scholarships
Here is a link to this year’s pricing info for renting as well as season pass purchases: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ti7EAftMaR0Ntihu-N_msbIBWY7ft4JL/view
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
Step 1: Watch The Program Presentation
The winter presentation is a Google slide show that explains all the awesome programming we’ve got planned this winter. Here is a link to view this year’s winter presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSW2teEMTwG8E0iemwu2an_JGm0WaNUcolv0I0m-Hk51XqVzcdudYc8Y9rdIdRFv75h3OlVk-aSWyKb/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=60000
We strongly recommend that you don’t skip this step and that you watch this presentation- you will learn so much and get more value out of your season pass, even if you are a returning family!
Step 2: Come To Chester Bowl for A Fitting
October and November fittings are completed for the year. Due to our hectic schedules while getting the hill ready for the year, we are unable to fit anyone for gear between November 22nd and when we open for the season, tentatively set for December 10th.
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; we will not send gear for people that are not present, as the gear needs to be fit to them specifically.
You can come in during any of our open hours, although we recommend avoiding the first 30 minutes after opening, as well as during events like races, Freestyle Fridays, and lessons. Please be ready to be patient; we are a small operation and are very good at juggling things, but you may have a short wait until we are available.
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:https://drive.google.com/file/d/13ZJ_2dqc_tGwF9SzJObQF54XWySXRBgq/view?usp=sharing
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 if it is not during open hours; 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 or the small school photos.
- 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. We do not accept credit cards.
When you arrive, please check in at the outdoor concession stand. They will radio for staff to help you, and will send you to the equipment garage.
Please note that we run out of equipment almost every year. We are not guaranteeing that we will have the right sized equipment and will not rent you gear that doesn’t fit.
As of 11/30, we are completely out of snowboard equipment. We are also out of ski boots in Women’s 8 through 10.5 and Men’s 6.5 through 8.5.
In general, the families that register for the program and get signed up for a fitting date/time in October and November 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 3: 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. Watch the presentation above to learn all the details!
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 4: 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.