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Video Archive: Water Skipping at Chester Bowl in 2007

One decade ago the springtime water-skipping action at Chester Bowl in Duluth was excellent. This video depicting the skiing, snowboarding, saucering, couching and so on that took place has gathered more than 32,000 views in the ten years since it first appeared on PDD in 2007.

The Boomchucks – “Birkie Fever”

BirkieA silly little ditty by Duluth band the Boomchucks, all about the North American Birkebeiner. The 44th annual cross-country ski race from Cable to Hayward happens Feb. 25.

Tuesday at Lutsen

The days of fresh, fluffy powder seem rarer and rarer. Ben Olson and Barry Buhr took advantage at Lutsen Mountains last week, before the heat wave set in.

2015-2016 Duluth Shred

A somewhat lengthy montage of face-planting, ball-busting, spine-scratching ski and snowboard stunts from the past winter, compiled by Will Smyth.

Chester Bowl scheduled to open Saturday

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The weather has finally been cooperating and the two snow guns have been running since last Thursday, so Chester Bowl is planning to open this Saturday, Dec. 26. That will also be the first day of Ski Camp. Chester will also be open New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but closed New Year’s Day. The first race is Jan. 3.

Chester Bowl Park Downhill Ski “Fun Slope”

Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Division is preparing Chester Bowl Park for a new “fun slope,” according to a news release issued today.

Crews will be out clearing out a section of the hill within the ski area in preparation for the upcoming winter season. The new “fun slope” with gentle waves of snowy berms for skiing was identified as a desired addition to the park in the Chester Park Mini-Master Plan, approved in November 2014.

Crews will be working this week into next during daytime hours, but the public should not experience any interruption in their use of the park spaces or trails. The area will be covered with wood chips to reduce erosion and smooth out the area winter operations.

Break Shots

Video by James Holak.

Electric Snail: Fake Duluth Tour

Lucas, Andrew, Jack, Barrett and Non-lake-effect Jesse ski Spirit Mountain, Chester Bowl and Mont du Lac.

Coach Cork: Lesson #3

The third installment of valuable cross-country skiing tips from Coach Cork, brought to you by Ski Hut.

See also:

Coach Cork: Lesson #1

Coach Cork: Lesson #2

 

Coach Cork: Lesson #2

Coach Cork dispenses more tips and advice for cross-country skiers in lesson #2.

Thanks to Ski Hut for sponsoring Coach Cork. See also, Coach Cork: Lesson #1

Coach Cork: Lesson #1

The snow is falling, the temperatures are dropping, and it’s time to learn to love the outdoors in Winter in Duluth, lest you go insane. Cross-country skiing is a favorite past time of many in the snowy climates, with a deep connection to Minnesota heritage. PDD has teamed up with U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Coach Jason Cork to bring you a three-part instructional series, introducing you to the magic and thrill of cross-country skiing, one short lesson at a time.

Please enjoy lesson #1, sponsored by Ski Hut.

See also:
Coach Cork: Lesson #2

What snowboarding looks like for non-Olympian adults

Old Seven Bridges Road sled hill

I remember fondly tubing down a hill on Seven Bridges Road. You used to be able to rent tubes from the chalet. They have a nice lighted trail system for cross-country skiing at Lester Park. What would be needed to get the sled hill going again?

Duluth Snowboarding Crashes Video

While filming for our last snowboarding video we gathered some great crash footage! Enjoy! Video by Higher Base Media.

Duluth Snowboarding Video

This is a video of Mitch Larson snowboarding all over Duluth and at Mont du Lac. It was created by Higher Base Media.

Can you figure out where all of the spots are?

Check out the video and please let me know what you think of it! We have poured so much time and effort into this video over the past few months and we would love to hear what you have to say.

Higher Base Media is a Duluth-based group that is focused on creating unique video and photo content.