Recreation

Ski, Snowboard, or Other Mountain Recreation

Each festival attendee will choose ONE of the three recreational options when they individually register online for the festival:

  1. Each person choosing to SKI will receive a 4-day lift card, 4 days of ski equipment rentals (boots, skis, poles and helmet), and a beginner lesson
  2. Each person choosing to SNOWBOARD will receive a 4-day lift card, 4 days of boarding equipment (boots, board and helmet), and a beginner lesson
  3. Each person choosing the OTHER MOUNTAIN RECREATION will receive 6 vouchers to be redeemed for downhill tubing, gondola rides, guided snowcat tours, guided snowshoe tours, and/or meal vouchers at the Winter Park Resort

The festival has created WPSMF Start Gate, a website for adults and students attending the festival. This site includes information about all aspects of the three recreation choices. Reading about the three recreation choices will be required as a part of all individual online registrations, prior to selecting the type of recreation for the festival. Information will also be provided regarding suggested clothing, mountain safety, altitude sickness and more.

Winter Park Ski Resort for Skiers and Snowboarders

Celebrating their 81st year as Colorado’s Favorite, the Winter Park Ski Resort offers over 3,000 acres of ski terrain within seven different ski territories. Winter Park has 143 ski trails of various levels. Skiers choose between the 21 different ski lifts to the ski trails of anyone’s choice. Some ski trails have almost 5 miles of downhill fun! With an included ski lesson, beginner skiers will quickly become comfortable with their learned skills, and slowly advance to more intermediate trails with their friends. Over 10 million people ski in the US each year because it is safe, enjoyable, and the world’s #1 winter sport. Winter Park receives an average snow fall of 29 feet per year and has some of Colorado’s most consistent snow fall year after year. The months of March and April are typically high- volume snow months with much milder temperatures- offering more enjoyable and comfortable spring snow skiing, with abundant snow, and smaller crowds during the festival.

Included Ski and Snowboard Lessons

“Have you never skied before? Are you worried about your students who have never skied?” About 90% of our festival attendees haven’t either! We figure over 135,000 music students have learned to ski at the Winter Park Ski-Music Festival.

Beginners must be at least 12 years old to receive our included lesson required for their safety and overall enjoyment. After lessons, skiing the mountain with their friends on the first day, students will be addicted to this incredible outdoor experience.

Non-Ski Mountain Recreation

For members choosing not to ski or snowboard, the festival provides 6 vouchers to be redeemed for mountain activities at the Winter Park Ski Resort, in any combination they wish, during their stay.

  • 1 voucher for one hour of tubing at the resort’s curved lane downhill tubing hill  *
  • 1 voucher for scenic Gondola rides to the Winter Park Resort mountaintop summit and back down during any one day
  • 2 vouchers for a panaromic guided downhill snowshoe tour
  • 3 vouchers for a warm and comfortable mountain Snowcat tour along the summit of Winter Park Resort
  • 1 voucher for a $15 ski resort meal voucher to be used at the resort operated eating places at the base or mountaintop

 These non-ski activities are subject to satisfactory weather conditions, adequate snow fall amounts, operating equipment, availability and scheduling as established by the ski resort.  These non-ski activities may require date/time reservations to be made in advance, after arrival in Winter Park.   Festival attendees choosing to ski/snowboard could purchase these same activities from the resort directly- but are not also included with a festival package.  These non-ski activities may not compare to the recreational value and time a skier or snowboarder would typically have available to them.  

 *  For the April 15-18 festival week, the downhill tubing lanes could possibly be closed, and cannot be counted upon as an available activity.  Snow conditions and temperatures may possibly allow the resort to keep the tubing open this last festival week.

Lodging

Now offering seven different lodging options for your group to choose from. We offer cabins, lodge rooms, and condos in order to fit any travel budget and need.

Recreation

Every package includes a choice between one recreation activity: skiing, snowboarding, downhill tubing, gondola rides, snowcat tours, or snowshoe tours.

Performance

Groups compete against same school size, ensemble type and level. Comments and ratings are provided by 3 recognized and experienced adjudicators.

Awards and Street Dance

Each festival week concludes with an exciting outdoors awards ceremony and DJ’d Street Dance at the base of Winter Park Resort.

Packages Include

Overnight lodging

Groups can choose to stay 2,3, or 4 nights with seven different lodging options. Plan to arrive and depart on days your travel schedule allows, providing you with the utmost amount of travel flexibility.

Participation in performance

Groups will compete each week with institutions of similar size and performance skill. A panel of three respected adjudicators will provide constructive feedback and score the competing groups. Each festival week ends with a highly energetic awards ceremony and DJ’d street dance.

Choice of ONE recreation activity

Every registered participant will choose between 4 days of skiing or snowboarding (including lift card, equipment rental & beginner lesson) or the ability to trade in vouchers to participate in one of our non-ski activities: downhill tubing, gondola rides, snowcat tours, and snowshoe tours.

Travel protection plan

WPSMF will purchase on behalf of every registered participant, a limited benefit, “Post Departure Travel Protection Plan.” Additional trip cancelation/protection insurance can be secured through a third-party supplier.

Resources for Registered Groups

Ski Locker

Is a website dedicated specifically for the directors of our registered groups. This online resource contains all the festival information regarding their trip. For example, you can view trip information reports, adjust attendance counts and build group rooming lists. Ski Locker also allows Directors to monitor the progress of their student’s individual online registration in Start Gate.

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Start Gate

Is the online portal for all students and adults registered to attend the festival. Participants can learn more about their recreation options, suggested clothing/items to pack and helpful information to prevent altitude sickness. All attending students and adults will be required to read WPSMF Start Gate topics and individually registering through this portal.

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WPSMF App

We have teamed up with guidebook to create an app accessible by all registered directors during their time with us at festival. The WPSMF App will allow directors to access all the pertinent information provided on Ski Locker via their smart phone while on the mountain and stay in the know. Important updates and notification to groups will be sent via the app during the festival.

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