Start Gate – Awards Ceremony and Street Dance

The highlight of the trip for most students, is the fun, exciting and music filled Winter Park Ski-Music Festival Awards Ceremony/Street Dance! The Awards Ceremony will be held at the conclusion of each festival week’s performances.  The awards ceremony location will be held at the base of the Winter Park Ski Resort, within an outdoor plaza near Starbucks, and the Zephyr Mountain Lodge (Slopeside building).  For your comfort- PLEASE DRESS WARMLY!!!

The awards ceremony/street dance will be held on these dates for each festival week:

  • March 26-29, 2020 festival week: Saturday March 28th 
  • April 2-5, 2020 festival week: Saturday April 4th 
  • April 8-12, 2020 festival week: Friday April 10th
  • April 16-19, 2020 festival week: Saturday 18th 

For groups arriving at the resort via bus or motor coach, prior to the awards ceremony, parking will be at the Vintage Hotel parking lot, above the resort base.  Groups will descend from the Vintage Hotel parking lot, to the resort base via the Cabriolet Lift.  The Cabriolet Lift is normally closed in the evenings, but will reopen each awards evening at 6:45 pm for arriving groups.

CLICK HERE to view a map of  of the Vintage Hotel parking location, awards location at the base, and event times.

6:45 pm: Village Cabriolet Lift from Vintage Hotel  parking lot opens  (for groups arriving/parking with buses and motor coaches) .

6:45 pm: Pre-awards street dance music begins

7:15 pm: Two members from EACH performing ensemble meets with festival staff

7:30 pm: Awards ceremony begins

8:00 pm:  Street dance continues, and directors’ reception begins

9:00 pm:  Street dance concludes

9:15 pm:  Village Cabriolet Lift to Vintage  parking lot closes (and this would be a long walk  back)


Dance music will begin at approximately 6:45 pm each Award Ceremony date with the Awards Ceremony portion beginning promptly at 7:30 pm. After welcoming all attending groups and the singing of our national anthem- all performing groups will be awarded their winning trophies. The street dance will continue after the presentation of awards.  The dance portion will conclude at 9:00 pm.  A group can depart sooner if they desire.

We will ask for two enthusiastic members of each performing ensemble to meet us  at 7:15 pm, prior to awards ceremony.   These 2 ensemble members will receive trophies on an elevated stage (with upward walking ramp) for their ensemble during the awards. Directors should choose these persons ahead of time, for each ensemble.

Awards Ceremony safety is of the utmost importance of the Winter Park Ski-Music Festival.  Any behavior that might put a student and/or other attendees in any harm WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  Slam dancing, mashing, sitting on people’s shoulders, passing people overhead and/or throwing snowballs or any object are definitely prohibited. If these or any other dangerous activities are exhibited- the awards and/or dance will be halted until these activities cease. Attending adults/chaperones should always be present to monitor the presence and behavior of their group’s attendees. Local law enforcement officials are hired during the entire event to further insure such safety. We want the Awards Ceremony and Street Dance to be an enjoyable experience for everyone.


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.


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


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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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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“The Winter Park Ski-Music Festival has  consistently been one of the favorite  destinations for my students. The value is  incredible, the customer service outstanding, and the musical and social experience for the students is truly exceptional.”

Thomas Rinn, Head Director
Colleyville Heritage High School Choir

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