Winter Park Ski-Music Festival

A music festival for school bands, choirs and orchestras, combining a music performance/competition along with really fun and adventurous mountain recreation during the warmer months of March and/or April.  Music students can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, downhill tubing, scenic chairlift rides, snow cat tours, and/or downhill scenic snowshoe tours.

Typical ensembles to perform are: concert bands, concert choirs (mixed, women and men’s), full & string orchestras, show choirs, pop/jazz choirs, jazz bands & orchestras, percussion ensembles, color guards, dance & drill teams, piano ensembles, guitar ensembles, and mariachi ensembles. Your students will experience a renowned music competition with other music groups from across the nation. And to conclude your music festival travel, we offer a music and special effects filled Awards Ceremony and Street Dance to reward your students’ hard work and musical achievements. Directors share with us, the WPSMF awards ceremony is often their students’ most memorable high school experience.

Just imagine your band, choir or orchestra traveling into the majestic Rocky Mountains west of Denver, crossing this nation’s visually breathtaking Continental Divide, descending into Winter Park, nestled in a valley surrounded by beautiful snow-covered mountain peaks towering over 13,000 feet in elevation. Outside of the classroom setting, directors find it really comfortable traveling with their students to a breathtaking outdoor geographical location, in the safe, less populated, slower paced Winter Park, Colorado.

WPSMF offers many different festival packages for a group to choose from.  The differences are simply which overnight lodging choice to stay within, and the number of nights (2-4) you wish to stay, best fulfilling your travel desires and budget. Each festival package, for each group member, includes their overnight lodging bed space, choice of recreation activity(s), a travel protection plan purchased on their behalf, and participation in all festival activities. For example, any group member choosing to ski or snowboard will receive a 4 day lift card, 4 days of rental equipment, and a beginner lesson.  Or, we offer substitute mountain activities for non-skiers.

Many directors also tell us this trip is their most affordable trip, while also being the most requested destination by students who attended previously. Our “per person” package prices will surprise you, and may offer the most affordable ski trip experience your students may ever receive again.

The Winter Park Ski-Music Festival will celebrate its 31st anniversary in 2020. Over our past 30 consecutive years, we have created lifelong memories for well over 155,000 participants, and near 1,200 different school music programs!  This unique festival provides the ultimate in music student spring trip travel.

Or view our full WPSMF Video showing all festival components

Our 2021 festival dates are:

  • March 25-28
  • March 31-April 4 (Good Friday & Easter Weekend)
  • April 8-11
  • April 15-18

Attend 2-4 nights prior, during or even after the above listed dates for any festival week.  For most festival weeks, instrumental performances are usually Thursday evening, Friday and sometimes Saturday mornings.  Choral performances are Friday night.  Our Awards Ceremony/Street Dance is Saturday evening.  For the Good Friday/Easter festival weeks, performances are Thursday, with the Awards/Dance on Friday evening, to accommodate groups wanting to return home by Easter Sunday. If planning your travel schedule correctly, its possible to recreate 3 full days with a 2-night stay.  Recreate up to 4 full days with a 3 or 4 night stay.

We offer complimentary director and adult packages based on group size. And, a group’s 1st scheduled 1/2 payment is due after the holidays in mid-January, giving your students plenty of time to save or fund raise, before having to commit to their trip attendance.

Our entire festival staff will assist you from start to finish!  Yes, the same person you plan your trip with in the months prior is there with you at performances, the awards, your first arrival at the ski resort, rentals, and ski/snowboard lessons.  Not only is our staff there for you, but the same 30+ years of local Winter Park festival vendors and community that hopes to make your trip experience the very best.


Does this trip interest you?

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