Chester Bowl Ski Area Opens Early This Year

By KBJR News 1

December 11, 2010 Updated Dec 11, 2010 at 7:20 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's Newscenter) ---- With the amount of snowfall that's already hit the Northland this year Chester Bowl was able to open today, a week earlier that usual.

Today the lift was up and running for the opening day of the Chester Bowl Ski area.

Winter sport enthusiasts were out enjoying the snow Duluth does have.

Most went to the hill to ski and snowboard, and say they enjoyed today's weather, others were there to volunteer.

"It's pretty nice, I wish it was snowing more, but it's really good for skiing, so that's good," said staff member, Katherine Kolar.

"Volunteers right now are selling season passes up stairs; they are working in the concession stand," Thom Storm of the Chester Bowl Improvement Club. "We've had volunteers that have come before the season opened to make snow. They've also helped when we've rented skis for the season. They do all kinds of things."

Free ski lessons will be held for five days around Christmas time, and starting January second, Alpine races will be held every two weeks.

Volunteers from the Chester Bowl Improvement Club organize the programs and activities put on at the ski hill.

An individual season lift ticket is around 1–hundred dollars.
Those who volunteer with the Chester Bowl Improvement Club will receive a fifty dollar refund on their season pass.

Discounts are also available for family passes through volunteer work.

Written and posted to the web; Jennifer Walch