Start Gate

Welcome to the Winter Park Ski-Music Festival’s START GATE, our landing page for all students and adults attending festival with us.


Start Gate is the website you will use to individually register online with the Winter Park Ski-Music Festival.

Before you get started on your required individual online registration, We have listed several important festival topics below that everyone attending festival should know about.

All of these topics have a web link to open so the information can be viewed, or even printed for future reference. Anyone can return to this START GATE page anytime to view these festival topics again.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 there are new policy and procedures in place regarding group travel and activities in Colorado. To accommodate these changes we have had to modify several aspects of the festival. In a effort to be as transparent as possibly we have notated these changes by STRIKING THROUGH any text that refers to an aspect which will be different for the 2021 festival year.

Some of the resort changes we would like to make you aware of: 

– Everyone wears a mask or face covering properly when outside and inside.

– There will be volume restrictions inside any resort building.  We suppose these volumes will be posted and/or enforced in some manner for all indoor premises, including the resort eating places, the private restaurants, retail shops, ticketing spaces, and within overnight lodging common spaces or lobbies.  Luckily, our festival dates are during low volume ski season, which may not near person volume maximums.  If your group will be at the resort during a Saturday or Sunday, it could be more of issue than during a weekday. 

– Ski lifts will only allow smaller amounts of riders per seat or gondola.  This could create a longer wait time to load a lift.  But will probably not be noticeable unless on a weekend day.  Gondolas must have open windows, being locked open or the windows removed.

One of the most important festival topics to learn about is what 3 recreation activities are available for you to choose from. When you register online, you will be asked to select only ONE of the available activities. Due to restrictions with COVID-19, you will not be able to change your registered activity, so please take your time to review all the information provided before making a decision.


The Winter Park Ski-Music Festival includes ONE recreation activity for every registered student or adult.  These activities, or recreation choices are:

  1.  Downhill skiing at Winter Park Resort
  2.  Downhill snowboarding at Winter Park Resort
  3.  Non-ski mountain activities at Winter Park Resort

Every registered festival attendee will choose (when they register), and receive all the components (ticketing, equipment and/or lessons) for 1 of the 3 activities being offered. Some music directors or trip organizers may prohibit a particular activity for their group members to choose.  There are no combination of choices, special substitutions, or switching between choices once you have selected, unless a person wants to arrange and pay for all components of another recreation activity.  If a student or adult chooses a particular activity, begins that activity, and decides or cannot continue with it for any  reason, they can choose to not recreate, or at their expense, recreate another way for the remainder of their trip.  Since this is such an important, and financially sensitive decision to be made, we want every adult and student (and student’s parent) to know all the details about each of these activities.

Click Here for a detailed description of the three different recreation activities offered for you to choose between.  This should be a mandatory read for all trip attendees!


If you have chosen to ski or snowboard in Winter Park,

Click Here to view several important rules and tips for while you are on the mountain.

Now that you know which recreation activity you want to do we need to look at specific clothes and accessories you should pack for your trip to Winter Park.  

Click Here for the festival’s suggested list of clothing and accessories to bring with you to Winter Park.

The next important festival topic concerns altitude sickness.

Click Here for the festival’s inside tips on understanding, detecting and avoiding Altitude Sickness while in Winter Park.

If you have reviewed and understand all of the above important festival topics above, and now ready to begin your online registration, Click Here