LESTER AMITY CHALET

A project of the Duluth XC Ski Club, the historic Lester-Amity Chalet is a year-round trail hub and endurance community center in eastern Duluth. Lester-Amity Chalet brings our community together and inspires healthy outdoor recreation, environmental responsibility and active, lifelong learning.

Location

2940 Seven Bridges Rd.
Duluth, MN 55804 – click here for map

 

[Trail map at bottom of page]

Winter Open Hours

The Chalet is OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK during the ski season!!  Come enjoy a warm place to take your boots on and off, and some tea or hot cocoa. Open hours are tentatively as follows once we have skiable snow:    Monday-Friday, 3-8pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 9am-4pm

Restoring the Chalet

Built in 1960, the Lester-Amity Chalet has a rich history of outdoor recreation. Over the years, it has served as a home to cross country skiers, ski jumpers, hockey players and sliding enthusiasts. A group of volunteers is currently restoring the chalet as a community gathering place for a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

 

 

 

 

 

Many restoration projects have already been completed, such as furnaces, electrical system upgrades, windows, bathrooms, and fireplace. Future plans include upgrading the kitchen space as well as improving the building’s energy efficiency. From installing a deck and painting the chalet to transforming the garage into a wax room, we plan to develop a community asset that can be enjoyed for years to come. We also have a solar panel grid immediately outside the Chalet, which generates enough electricity to cover 75% of the electrical energy/costs for lighting the ski trails at Lester-Amity!

Rent the Chalet

Did you know you can rent the Lester-Amity Chalet for events,meetings and other gatherings?  It's true!  Rental rates starting April 1, 2020 are $100 for half a day, $200 for a full day, or $25/hr for meetings of 3 hours or less.  Permit required (click here to download application). Please email us at lesteramitychalet@gmail.com to inquire about date availability or for more info.

Dogs Not Allowed In Chalet

DXC LOVES dogs, however, in accordance with city policy, dogs are not allowed in the Chalet and are required to be on leash in all Duluth City Parks. We appreciate your effort in complying with this leash law. 

Team Home Base

The Duluth Composite High School Mountain Biking Team (DCT) practices regularly at the Lester-Amity Chalet during their July-October season. In lieu of rent, they complete service projects and keep the stadium mowed – we love partnering with this awesome group. Give them a wave if you see them gathered for practice out front!

2014-2019 Progress at Lester-Amity Chalet

  • Signed a 10 year (renewable) lease with the City of Duluth to restore the Chalet and open it to the community

  • Upgraded outlets, exits, and wiring to code

  • Installed a new submersible well pump and exterior plumbing

  • Fixed plumbing in Chalet restrooms

  • Restored septic approval with St. Louis County

  • Worked with the City to get a new roof installed on the East side of the building

  • Installed furnace units in the chalet

  • Improved trail access to and from the stadium area

  • Installed 16 new windows on the sunny side of the chalet

  • Assembled 15 tables donated by Loll, which now provide comfortable seating for 80-100

  • Acquired digitized architectural plans of the building

  • New gas fireplace installed 5/22/2017

  • New landscaping by Saline Landscape fall 2018

  • Expanded Open Hours winter 2019:  3-8pm weekdays, 9am-4pm weekends!

Upcoming Projects

  • High efficiency furnace and water heater

  • Wider ADA-accessible glass front door and new back door

  • New composite stairs and patio on South side of Chalet

  • Accessible restrooms, new fixtures and vanities

  • Improved drainage on side and rear of building

  • New kitchen counters

  • Upgraded kitchen sufficient for basic food service

Trail Map