WeatherPort® start gates are designed for year-round or seasonal use, and they redefine racing with unmatched strength and a setup that’s as fast as the racers they serve.

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Start gates are essential for many racing disciplines, from downhill and freestyle skiing to BMX and motocross racing. Their design plays a crucial role, ensuring each race begins fairly and consistently while protecting competitors against harsh environmental conditions. WeatherPort® start gates are the ultimate solution. Constructed with robust fabric membranes coupled with lightweight aluminum or heavy-duty steel frames, our start gates surpass typical pop-up canopies in strength and long-lasting durability. Such quality has made them the choice for prestigious events like the Olympic Winter Games and X Games, as well as countless ski lodges and resorts worldwide.

WeatherPort® start gates are known for their adaptability. Their resilience in challenging weather allows for year-round use. Alternatively, our start gates are designed to be easily disassembled for off-season storage. When a new race season beckons, setting them up is fast and easy, far more efficient than conventional structures. Beyond their portability, our start gates are available in various models and sizes. They feature many configurable options (doors, windows, insulation, heaters, colors, and logos) to accommodate race or competition needs. WeatherPort® start gates are proudly made in the USA with the highest-quality materials, ensuring they meet every functional and environmental challenge.

Elevate your race’s starting line with a WeatherPort® start gate, blending impeccable aesthetics with robust durability. Superior in performance, our start gates consistently outperform other portable options season after season.

For more information or to request a quote for a WeatherPort® start gate, please complete an online request or call us at +1-907-344-1565.


With 50-plus years of proven design and engineering under our belts, we have created a plethora of tensioned fabric structures for just about every application out there. Our building models can be configured to make the perfect start gate for your next race or competition. Whether you require an open-air canopy with logos to promote your brand, a multi-bay start cover for several competitors at a time, or a fully enclosed and heated gable-style start gate building, we will work with you to design the perfect starting gate to meet your event’s needs.

Below are our most popular fabric buildings used for start gates.

Canopies are a popular structure to use for start gates. They are lightweight, quick to assemble, and can be made with custom graphics. Unfortunately, most canopies aren’t engineered to withstand strong winds or heavy snow loads, exposing competitors to Mother Nature’s full wrath at the beginning of their race. A WeatherPort® Canopy has a standard 7’ tall arched opening on each side. Additional height or clearance can be easily added with the use of extensions. Side curtains help protect competitors from chilly winds and come in a wide selection of styles with windows and doors. Choose from galvanized steel or lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum frame systems. We offer anchoring systems that allow you to set up your canopy start gate on almost any surface. WeatherPort® Canopies combine lightweight portability, easy setup and fast take down capability, the ability to include printed logos, and are engineered to withstand strong winds and heavy snow loads. WeatherPort® canopy start gates come in the following sizes:

  • 10’ x 10’ Canopy Start Gate
  • 10’ x 15’ Canopy Start Gate
  • 10’ x 20’ Canopy Start Gate
  • 12’ x 12’ Canopy Start Gate
  • 16’ x 16’ Canopy Start Gate
  • 20’ x 20’ Canopy Start Gate
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The round design of our SQ Series™ is a modern take on the Quonset-hut style buildings. The SQ Series™ lends itself very well to the requirements for starting gates, be it at the top of a mountain trail for BMX downhill racing and mountain bike races during the hot summer months or at the start of the runs for snowmobile freestyle competitions in the wintry months. Our SQ Series™ start gates are highly portable, can be set up in as little as 15 minutes, and can be customized to meet the needs of your racing event or competition. Choose from various sizes, configurations, colors, and custom logo printing options. Learn more about the WeatherPort® SQ Series™ fabric structures by clicking the button below!

  • 8’ x 10’ Start Gate (SQ Series™)
  • 10’ x 12’ Start Gate (SQ Series™)
  • 12’ x 14’ Start Gate (SQ Series™)
  • 14’ x 20’ Start Gate (SQ Series™)
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For racing events and competitions requiring larger starting gates, the Jubilee Series™ is the perfect outdoor event structure. The WeatherPort® Jubilee Series™ features 7’ high arched openings on the sides. We offer a large selection of end panel options to partially enclose or fully enclose the ends. Optional side curtains can also be added to enclose the building and are easily rolled up or down, weather permitting. Jubilee Series™ start gates are available in many widths and can be configured with as many 10’ side bays as needed for your racing event or competition. Popular Jubilee Series™ start gate sizes include the following:

  • 15’ wide Start Gate (Jubilee Series™)
  • 16’ wide Start Gate (Jubilee Series™)
  • 20’ wide Start Gate (Jubilee Series™)
  • 26’ wide Start Gate (Jubilee Series™)
  • 30’ wide Start Gate (Jubilee Series™)
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The straight-wall, gable-style design of the WeatherPort® GB Series™ start gates is an incredibly strong, long-lasting, and very popular fabric-building system. GB Series™ start gates are available from 8′ wide to 20′ wide and are configurable to any height and length. Choose from a wide selection of pre-designed start gate structures or work with an Alaska Structures’ building specialist to configure a start gate that meets your exact requirements. To learn more about the GB Series™ start gates, click the button below.

  • 8’ x 8’ Start Gate (GB Series™)
  • 10’ x 12’ Start Gate (GB Series™)
  • 12’ x 20’ Start Gate (GB Series™)
  • 20’ x 20’ Start Gate (GB Series™)
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The HGB Series™ is not your typical “party tent” but a reliably fierce fabric structure engineered to endure areas that frequently battle intense winds and heavy snow. WeatherPort® start gates made using the HGB Series™ fabric building provide an unmatched defense against nature’s extremes. They range from 15′ to 30′ wide and are available to any length, ensuring generous space for equipment, racers, and event personnel. And for those events requiring multi-functional spaces? Optional partition systems can easily transform HGB Series™ start gates into multi-room hubs, accommodating many groups at a time. Beyond just racing, their adaptability makes them a preferred choice for various events all year round. Popular HGB Series™ start gate sizes include the following:

  • 15’ x 30’ Start Gate (HGB Series™)
  • 22’ x 40’ Start Gate (HGB Series™)
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For additional information or to request a quote for a different size WeatherPort® start gate, contact us by using the form below.


For half a century, the WeatherPort® brand from Alaska Structures® has stood as a symbol of premium and American-crafted fabric buildings, celebrated for their unwavering strength and lasting durability. Interested in our WeatherPort® start gates or seeking a quote? Please contact us using our online form.

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