Winter Ski and Snowboard Program

***UPDATED 8/30/21

Chester Bowl provides a family friendly, positive environment with affordable prices, and is a hill right in town with surprising variations and challenges.  Our Opening Day is projected to be Saturday, December 11th, 2021, and our projected closing date is Sunday, March 13th, 2022.

We are so excited that we will be able to be open this winter, providing a safe place to be active, outside, and social. We developed a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for 2020/2021 that was approved by the City and that guided our operations. We have not yet finalized our 2021/2022 plan; last year’s plan is provided for your reference.  Last year’s plan is available at this link.   You can also read a quick summary at this page.

Season pass rates, including tax, are $156.66 (individual), $238.31 (family of 2), and $270.98 (family of 3 or more). For each of those, $75 of the pass rate is a volunteer deposit and can be returned at the end of the season if the family has completed its 6 hours of required volunteering. Anyone renting gear must also have a season pass; rentals are $80 plus tax for each set added on to the season pass. A pricing chart will be added closer to the season. Family memberships with rentals have a $100 volunteer deposit. To view the full pricing structure follow this link:

In general, we are open Saturdays and Sundays, 11-4:30; Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 4:30-8:30pm, and are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Weekdays that are Holidays or are days that Duluth Public Schools are not in session often use our 11-4:30 schedule.

Chester Bowl day passes are $10 for those 18 and under, and $15 for those 19+; this is the cheapest in the country! Chester Bowl does NOT have daily equipment rentals.

SEASON PASSES: Season passes cannot be purchased online, and require people to come in to Chester Bowl to get them. Please fill out your paperwork in advance (available here closer to registration time) to save time and minimize mutual exposure times. If you have all needed signatures in advance, only one person needs to come in to make the passes. Please bring a photograph for each person to be laminated into the passes (drivers license or smallest school photo size) and payment by check or cash. The best option is to come in to Chester Bowl during one of the equipment fitting nights or during our open hours once the season has started.

Most families utilize our season gear rentals and season passes.  Rentals stay with the family and can be used at other ski areas. The program is described at this link.  Equipment fittings happen in late October (snowboards) and in November (skis). Although fitting nights have passed, we have a limited quantity of ski gear available. If you would like to rent gear from us for the year, please read the info at the prior link, and follow the instructions there.

For more information about the different aspects of our program, click the sub-links under winter ski and snowboard program or on the following:  peace in the parks, free ski and snowboard lessons, ski and snowboard races, Freestyle Fridays, our Cadet program, partner discounts, and more!

Our program simply could not happen without the volunteer efforts of our families.  Thank you for giving your time to support our program.  Find out more and sign up for your volunteer hours here.

Please contact us at 218-724-9832 or email if you have any questions not answered here, and we hope to see you at Chester Bowl!

We are grateful for the financial support of partners businesses and organizations.  The U.S. Bank Foundation has supported our winter program for the past three years.  Thank you to Ski Hut, LHB, the Eltink family, the Provost family, Rotary Club 25, and the Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth for their donations to the scholarship fund for 2020/2021, enabling any family to participate regardless of their ability to pay.

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