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.
Families are required to volunteer for 6 or 12 hours, depending on family size and gear rented.
Equipment Fitting Volunteers: It takes a small army of volunteers to help us run each of our 11 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. You can sign up for Equipment Fitting nights at this link.
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. 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 6, January 13, January 20, February 1, February 10, and February 17.
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.
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.
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.
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 8-January 13): (952) 215-1050
Diane Schubert (January 14- February 12): (218) 343-4068
Joyce Cagle (February 13- March 17): (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!
When looking for volunteer substitutes, people on this list would welcome a call. Please email email@example.com if you want to be added to this list.
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