Co-owners Greg Benson, Dave Benson, and Tony Ciardelli of Loll Designs, a local outdoor furniture company, have pledged $25,000 for the development and expansion of the Chester Bowl Improvement Club. The gift is based on their 1% For the Planet commitment with proceeds specifically from the gross sales of their “Lollygagger Collection” of furniture. The CBIC believes that anyone who wants to ski, or snowboard should have access regardless of income. The club consistently makes this possible, through scholarships, free lessons, and low-priced concessions. This year the CBIC has already awarded more than $23,600 in scholarships for season passes and equipment rentals.

Volunteers worked over the past weeks making snow resulting in a 24-inch base for skiers and snowboarders to use. Due to the pandemic this year the the Thom Storm Chalet will be closed to skiers and boarders and concessions will be sold outside. For the start of the season, only day passes and hand warmers will be sold from the concession stand. Masks and face coverings are required anytime indoors, in lessons, while waiting in the lift line and while riding the chairlift. Gloves or mittens are also required to use the chairlift.

The hill is open to skiers and snowboarders Sunday, Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The hill will be closed Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 22 to Dec. 25 and will reopen again during holiday break Dec 26 to Jan 3 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Nick Wroblewski and his son Whitman, 7, both of Duluth, ride the chairlift during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Nick Wroblewski and his son Whitman, 7, both of Duluth, ride the chairlift during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. (Clint Austin / [email protected])

While waiting in the lift line Trinity Kienbaum, 13, of Duluth wears a kitty facemask during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. Facemasks are required in the chairlift line on the chairlift and in areas near the chalet.  (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

While waiting in the lift line Trinity Kienbaum, 13, of Duluth wears a kitty facemask during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. Facemasks are required in the chairlift line on the chairlift and in areas near the chalet. (Clint Austin / [email protected])

Josephine Hagadorn, 7, of Duluth snowboards during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. This year, co-owners Greg Benson, Dave Benson, and Tony Ciardelli of Loll Designs, a local outdoor furniture company, have pledged $25,000 for the development and expansion of the Chester Bowl Improvement Club.  This gift is based on their 1% For the Planet commitment with proceeds specifically from the gross sales of their “Lollygagger Collection” of furniture. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Josephine Hagadorn, 7, of Duluth snowboards during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. This year, co-owners Greg Benson, Dave Benson, and Tony Ciardelli of Loll Designs, a local outdoor furniture company, have pledged $25,000 for the development and expansion of the Chester Bowl Improvement Club. This gift is based on their 1% For the Planet commitment with proceeds specifically from the gross sales of their “Lollygagger Collection” of furniture. (Clint Austin / [email protected])

A sign on a ski and snowboard rack reminds visitors that facemasks are required at Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. This year the chalet is not open to the public except for access to the bathrooms.  (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

A sign on a ski and snowboard rack reminds visitors that facemasks are required at Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. This year the chalet is not open to the public except for access to the bathrooms. (Clint Austin / [email protected])

Chutes are set up for the lift line during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. Organizers are asking family groups to stay six feet apart while waiting for the lift, reminding skiers to leave at least two feet of space between the tip their skis and the tail of the person in front of them. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Chutes are set up for the lift line during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. Organizers are asking family groups to stay six feet apart while waiting for the lift, reminding skiers to leave at least two feet of space between the tip their skis and the tail of the person in front of them. (Clint Austin / [email protected])

Zane Myer of Duluth takes to the air while riding a snowboard during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth.  (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Zane Myer of Duluth takes to the air while riding a snowboard during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. (Clint Austin / [email protected])

Skiers ride the chairlift during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Skiers ride the chairlift during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. (Clint Austin / [email protected])

Lyyli Morris, 6, of Duluth skis during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Lyyli Morris, 6, of Duluth skis during the opening day of Chester Bowl’s ski and snowboard hill in Duluth. (Clint Austin / [email protected])

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