Winter Ski and Snowboard Program

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 scheduled for Saturday, December 12th (weather permitting), and our projected closing date is Sunday, March 13th.

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 have developed a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that has been approved by the City detailing all the changes happening at Chester Bowl this winter. The full plan is available at this link.   You can also read a quick summary at this page.

Click here to download a PDF with information about our winter ski and snowboard program.  This is a great starting point for a summary of everything Chester Bowl related.

Season pass rates are $151.21 (individual), $227.43 (family of 2), and $260.09 (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- see this link for a full pricing chart. Family memberships with rentals have a $100 volunteer deposit.

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.

If you are planning on getting a season pass, but do NOT need rentals, simply come during any scheduled equipment fitting session. Please fill out your paperwork in advance (find it here). If you have all needed signatures in advance, only one person needs to come in to make the passes. Please bring a picture for each person getting a pass. Fitting sessions are: 10/28, 12-3 and 5:30-8:30; 10/29, 5:30-8:30; 11/2, 12-3 and 5:30-8:30; 11/3, 5:30-8:30; 11/4, 12-3 and 5:30-8:30; 11/5, 12-3 and 5:30-8:30; 11/6, 12-3; 11/9, 12-3 and 5:30-8:30; 11/10, 12-3 and 5:30-8:30; 11/11, 12-3 and 5:30-8:30, 11/12, 5:30-8:30, 11/16, 12-3 and 5:30-8:30; and 11/17, 5:30-8:30. Please note that you do not need an appointment for just a pass, but you do need an appointment for equipment fittings.

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). 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.

If your family has signed up for equipment fittings and are getting ready for them please download and complete the 2020/2021 Winter Program Registration Packet.

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 three years, including financial support for the upcoming 2020/2021 winter season! Thank you to Rotary Club 25 for their donation to the scholarship fund, enabling any family to participate regardless of their ability to pay.

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