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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the "Extended Stay?"
A. More and more MusicFesters are arriving earlier, staying later or both, to enjoy more world-class skiing, get settled in or relax before/after the big fest. Get a little more fireside or hot tub time or take advantage of potential discounted flights or ideal flight schedules.
Q. How do I sign up?
A. Call us during "reservation launch." It goes fast and worth the time to get on board for this premier festival. Once Dickson Productions receives your deposit, we will confirm your reservation (based on availability) and email you your receipt. A $100 deposit is required to make a reservation. Remember, first come, first serve!
Q. Does the $100.00 apply to my trip?
A. Yes!
Q. When is the balance for my trip due?
A. Approximately 70 days prior to the trip. See the sign-up page for the actual due date.
Q. How do I pay my balance?
A. Easy. You'll receive an invoice from us soon after you make your reservation. To pay the balance you can mail a check, pay online (24 hours a day) at this site (see "pay your balance here" link on the Home page) or call us with your credit card information. (Credit card information is not kept)
Q. Can a group of friends stay in the same lodging location?
A. If you have a large group of friends, or soon-to-be friends, we may arrange for rooms close to each other or a whole floor dedicated to your group.
Q. What if I don't ski or snowboard?
A. We provide you with a "non-skier" discount book; Not only are there a bunch of non-skier activities available in the resort (see listed) but, the overwhelming amount of unique music and activities in this beautiful setting will keep your schedule as full as you desire. As one of the (non-skier) musicians noted "the skiing and snowboarding is only a perk to all you could possibly want with the concerts, outdoor shows, acoustic shows, songwriter tributes..."
Q. Will I get my $25.00 *Incidental/Assistance Deposit?
A.  Yes, the deposit is mainly a precautionary measure requested by lodging. It will be mailed to you after the trip. *The "Refundable Incidental/Assistance Deposit" is a refundable deposit. Rarely used, but if D.P. assistance must be utilized for incidental issues or other, like lodging issues with property, the property and/or D.P. reserve the right to apply this deposit. See Terms and Conditions.
Q. Can I purchase a festival pass or individual concert ticket for MusicFest performances?
A. A VERY limited amount of festival passes are made available for the Steamboat area locals. Details of how and when to purchase these credentials are provided via the MusicFest online newsletter. See MusicFest newsletter link on this site to sign on. There are no individual concert tickets available, but feel free to enjoy the daily free MusicFest outdoor concerts.
Q. When will the music and event schedule be available?
A.  All participants will receive the MusicFest Schedule & Information Guide at check-in. The M.S.I. Guide, a full color multi page publication, †will provide all MusicFest details including an easy to follow day-to-day schedule, concert map, venue descriptions, MusicFest General Store information, additional area activities plus much much more so you get the most out of your MusicFest.
Q. Why does the festival sell out so fast?
A. It's a large festival, but at the same time uniquely intimate. D.P. is committed to keeping the festival grounded and enjoyable for all those attending this premiere event. The MusicFest will stay the course on the premises of how it began; true to the music and the good times it provides. Just ask any of the many returning MusicFesters. The festival is truly a unique music festival, incomparable to anything out there!††
Q. Is there a way to assure that I can get on the MusicFest?
A.  Yes, if you are a MusicFest participant, you will have the opportunity to have first rights to make a reservation for the following year. Look for the details in the MusicFest participants welcome bags at check-in. Don't miss out on this pre-reservation offer at the beginning of your trip.
Q. How can I assure my reservations are made before the festival is sold out?
A. Each year the festival sells out in record time. Stay tuned to the online newsletter for reservation launch dates. Have an idea beforehand of the style, price range and the size condo(s) you will need. If you have a mid to large size group, do your best to know the exact number in the group and type of accommodation that will best accommodate everyone. Donít wait to make your reservation. †If you miss this year, be sure to sign up on the online waitlist. ††
Q. Can you tell me about the MusicFest DVD "No Sleep till Texas"?
A. It's three years filming of this premiere festival by five MusicFest musicians. Professionally produced and edited, it captures the behind the "behind the scene" scenes! Plus footage of live performances, fans, artists interviews and much more as seen by the unique and sometimes hilarious perspective that only some MusicFest artists could catch on film. Plus, additional footage provided by ME TV (Austin, TX). A great collection for the seasoned MusicFester, first timer or anyone that enjoys genuine music. Get your DVD when making your reservation or click here to purchase online. (Some convenience fees apply.) Proceeds benefit The Center for Texas Music History and the five musicians.
Q. Do I have to be a good skier or snowboarder?
A. No, the skill level in Steamboat ranges from beginners to extreme experts. We encourage beginners by offering full day lessons at a third of the cost of most other resorts. No matter how you ski, everybody has a blast!
Q. Are there Dickson Productions staff members on-site?
A. An experienced staff of approximately 50 Dickson Production representatives will be in Steamboat to oversee all operations and to answer any questions. Dickson Productions has an office in Steamboat with set hours. At check-in we provide you all the information to contact us and come by and see us, plus we will see you at the many events.
Q. How does Dickson Productions offer these trips so inexpensively?
A. Simply, buying power. Dickson Productions is the largest ski group of its kind in the nation. We supply the highest quality accommodations and services. Plus, the music, extra events and activities are largely supported by sponsors and Steamboat Ski Resort, you get it for free at no added charge to your trip price.
Q. What is "Champagne Powder"?
A. (Sorry, it’s not a new drink) It’s light, dry, fluffy, powdery snow that is easy to ski on. It’s unique only to Steamboat, a result of Steamboat’s location in the Rockies. Another reason Steamboat is so famous!
Q. What’s the difference in lodging?
A. The majority of our accommodations are ski-in/ski-out (not just ski-out) or situated just steps from the slopes. Also Steamboat's "design" provides the nightlife, concerts, and restaurants within walking distance from most lodges. Plus, there’s an elaborate free shuttle system that takes you just about everywhere including the grocery store. Lodging is inspected by DP associates for quality, amenities and service. Check the web or call us for more information.
Q. How do I get there?
A. Air, motorcoach or drive, it’s up to you. Because Steamboat is an easy, beautiful drive, many choose to drive from all over the country. Others choose to fly; Steamboat has the closest major airport of any resort in the Rockies, about 20 minutes from the slopes, or fly into Denver and take the shuttle. Some groups charter buses for a fun road trip.
Q. When do I get my lift tickets?
A. Lift tickets and pre-purchased highly discounted ski and snowboard rentals will be provided at check-in, along with event credentials and activity guide, sponsors "care packages," discount book, trail maps and other free stuff.
Q. Are the highly discounted ski and snowboard rentals high quality equipment?
A. Absolutely, we offer the upgraded sports package (not the standard recreation equipment). Our skis, boots and poles offered are the newest equipment available. You may request high performance equipment; you’ll be charged approximately an additional $7.00 per day.
Q. Are the rental shops easy to get to?
A. Yes, and the shops offer on-site storage so you don't have to carry your equipment. These shops are located on or very near the mountain base or next to your lodging. For your convenience D.P. offers more rental shop locations than any group trip.
Q. Is it easy to get my pre-reserved discounted equipment?
A. When you pre-purchase highly discounted rental through DP, you are treated with the highest priority. This includes additional quality equipment, increased staff for quick service, extended hours of service, and DP has many rental companies participating to assure better and faster customer service that you desire.
Q. How much do I save on rental equipment by pre-ordering through Dickson Productions?
A. About half the cost of retail. That's right, 50% savings!


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