Volunteering

We are so grateful for all of the volunteers at Chester Bowl that make our program possible. We truly could not have a ski and snowboard program without all of you generously giving your time!

Completing your volunteer hours also ensures that you are eligible for your volunteer refund and that you will be in the “first bucket” for the following year’s equipment lottery.

Volunteer Opportunities: 

Families are required to volunteer for 6 or 12 hours, depending on family size and gear rented.

Ski Lottery Session Volunteers: The lottery sessions are where parents are able to sign up for ski & snowboard fittings. There are a lot of questions, there is a fair amount of confusion, and we need volunteers to help us make sure parents get accurate information. Volunteers will help direct parents upon arrival, hand out information about the winter program, and sign parents up for ski fitting slots. This year’s lottery sessions are Tuesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 24 at Eastridge Church. To sign up to volunteer follow this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daaae2ca4fa7-equipment

Hill Cleanup- Saturday, October 26, 9am-noon. We need up to 250 volunteers to help us trim branches, pick up downed trees, remove brush, move picnic tables, and clean up trash on the hill and around the chalet. Volunteers are encouraged to bring any member of the family that can contribute in a meaningful way and to record their hours. If volunteers have tools like weed whackers, loppers, and trimmers. If you do bring your tools put your name on it and do not hand your tools out to other people. To sign up follow this https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daaae2ca4fa7-chester10

Equipment Fitting Volunteers: It takes a small army of volunteers to help us run each of our 12 ski and snowboard fitting nights. Tasks range from helping people with their paperwork to assisting people choose the correct fitting gear; training is provided for all roles. Sign up for Equipment Fitting nights at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daaae2ca4fa7-chester11

Snowmaking: We run snowmaking machines 24/7 for nearly two weeks when the temperatures turn cold enough, generally late November through mid-December. We need a volunteer on site at all times, especially overnights and on weekends, to periodically check on the machines. No specific expertise is required. When we can start making snow, we reach out through email to fill the shifts on a first-come first-served basis.  To be added to our list of potential volunteers, please follow this link:  https://forms.gle/T2AGxJV1Xty9nDzq8

No hours are guaranteed if the timing doesn’t work out for you, so if snowmaking doesn’t wind up working for you, you will need to find other volunteer opportunities.

Ski and Snowboard races: We need nearly 40 volunteers for each of our six ski and snowboard races. Signups for races are on paper sheets, and are available at the chalet, first during the lottery and fittings, and then posted once the season opens. Races are on January 5, January 12, January 19, January 31, February 9, and February 16, and the parent race on February 23.

Concession stand:  If you need  volunteer hours, concessions are a good place to start.  We need three individuals working each shift while we are open. Click here to go to SignUpGenius to schedule your concessions hours. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daaae2ca4fa7-20192020

If Chester Bowl closes the hill for the day because of weather conditions (cold, etc.), concessions volunteers that were scheduled for the day will still get credit for their hours as if they were present. This is the only volunteer opportunity with this option; if ski races, the fall hill cleanup, or other volunteer shifts are cancelled, volunteers will NOT get credit for those hours and will need to seek other alternative volunteer opportunities.

Freestyle Fridays: 

Volunteers will assist during registration prior to each Freestyle Friday event. We need two volunteers, the first to help participants get signed up for the appropriate class, the second to collect waivers. Registration happens in the ski garage so it is mostly warm.

Click here to sign up for your shift.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daaae2ca4fa7-freestyle

End of Season Potluck

Volunteers to help us setup, serve food, and cleanup for this year’s potluck on March 22nd, 2020.  [Link will be provided closer to the event]

2020 Ski & Snowboard Equipment Returns

Every year we have our gear come back in three days. This year returns are April 14, 15, & 16. We need volunteers 5:15-8:45 on those nights. A link will be provided here closer to the return dates.

Changing your volunteer shift:

If you are scheduled to volunteer, and find you are unable to make a concessions volunteer shift, it is ESSENTIAL that you find a replacement volunteer and/or inform us.  If we do not have enough volunteers, we would be unable to operate our concession stand for that time.  If you need to change your commitment, the procedures are as follows:

1. First, try to find a replacement for yourself.  You can contact families you know or look at the bottom of this post for substitutes to call.

2. Contact the Concessions coordinator for the month to either report who the replacement is, or that you were unable to find one.  Volunteers are unable to make changes to SignUpGenius, but the coordinators can.  This season’s coordinators are:

Chris Morton (December 7-January 13): (952) 215-1050

Diane Schubert (January 14- February 12): (218) 343-4068

Joyce Cagle (February 13- March 15): (218) 348-4222

3. If the shift is that day, and you are unable to find a volunteer replacement AND unable to reach the coordinator, then please call Chester Bowl at 724-9832 to let us know so we can find a replacement.  Please do not cancel without finding a replacement or letting us know!

Substitute List:

When looking for volunteer substitutes, people on this list would welcome a call.  Please email sam@chesterbowl.org if you want to be added to this list.

***Be the first on this list!***

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