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. We are still finalizing exactly what volunteer opportunities will be for this season- we will modify some, remove some, and add others, all based on our COVID-19 plan. All signups will be online, and accessible from this page when ready for signups.

Fill-In Volunteer Signup– Do you have a schedule that prohibits you from signing up for a volunteer shift? Do you often find yourself with unplanned free time and think “I should have volunteered!” If you answer yes to either of these statements, consider signing up for our Fill-In Volunteer Signup. If we need extra help because a volunteer is sick or unable to fulfill their shift, we will contact folks on this list to see who may be able to fill in.

Ski Lottery Session Volunteers: This year the lottery is done as an online-only orientation, so no volunteers are needed.

Hill Cleanup: Saturday, October 24, 9am-noon. We need up to 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. Volunteering and attending is limited to those who are 12 or older this year. If you have tools like weed whackers, loppers, and trimmers. please bring them along. If you do bring your tools put your name on it and do not hand your tools out to other people. Here is the link to get signed up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daaae2ca4fa7-202013

Equipment Fitting Volunteers: It takes a small army of volunteers to help us run each of our 20+ 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. Although we need less volunteers per session, we have more sessions overall. Here is the link to get signed up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daaae2ca4fa7-20202021

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, follow this link: https://forms.gle/THrkAKYUYTpVoEwn7

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: Unfortunately, COVID-19 precautions keep us from being able to have the race series this year, so no volunteers are needed.

Concession stand:  If you need  volunteer hours, concessions are a good place to start.  We will be selling concessions outside in a shack purchase from Glensheen’s Winter Village. Although it will be heated, it will still likely be cold, so dress for the weather. To sign-up follow this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D4DAAAE2CA4FA7-202014

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. Look for a link here soon.

2020 Ski & Snowboard Equipment Returns

Every year we have our gear come back in three days. We have not yet scheduled returns, but they will be in mid-April or later. Look here for signups once the dates are finalized.

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.

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Duluth, Minnesota