MSIA Cold is CoolFourth and Fifth Graders Ski Free in Michigan!

The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) wants to give Michigan kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. This is why MSIA has established a state-wide program that provides every 4th and 5th grader the opportunity to ski for free. Students can obtain a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 30 participating ski areas, plus additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops.  

In addition to the lift tickets donated by the participating ski areas, the Cold is Cool Passport also includes a coupon for 20% off a helmet purchase and $15 off the purchase of $100 at over 50 participating ski shops.  Some ski areas have also included coupons for equipment rental and free or discounted lessons.  

Proof of 4th or 5th grade status is required.  One page of a report card or progress report is sufficient.  If the child is home schooled, the parent or guardian can include a note stating the child's grade equivalent.  Please note!  Put your child's name and address in the "Ship To" column if you are ordering online.

MSIA charges $20 for the Cold is Cool Passport, to cover printing, shipping and postage fees.

In order for fourth & fifth graders to use the free lift or trail pass coupons, a paying adult must accompany them. “We feel that fourth and fifth graders should be supervised by an adult while on the slopes and trails. Our intention is to make this a fun, affordable and safe activity for the entire family,” says Mickey MacWilliams, MSIA executive director. With the Passport, up to two kids can ski free with each paying adult.  The Passport is valid through April 30, or the end of the 2015/16 ski season.

You may download an application form.   You may also order the passport online, by clicking on the button below. If you are ordering online and have more than one child in 4th or 5th grade, you must order each passport separately.  

Here is a list of ski areas with their offers:

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You can download and print a 2015/16 Cold is Cool Ski & Ride 4th and 5th Grade Passport Application with this link.  Note:  The Application is interactive so you can fill it out on your computer!

Want to see it before you apply? Here is a link to the what the passport looks like.

The “Cold is Cool” Fourth & Fifth Grade Ski & Ride Passport is one of the elements of MSIA’s “Cold is Cool” program, which is dedicated to improving the health of the children in our state by offering winter outdoor activities for all Michigan kids and their families. Plus, the Cold is Cool activities are endorsed by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and they qualify for First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign.

Steve Kershner, MSIA chairman and director of skiing at Shanty Creek, says the association wants Michigan kids to have the opportunity to ski or snowboard. “Fourth and fifth graders are the perfect age to learn to ski. They have the coordination to pick up the sport quickly,” he adds.

The Small Print!  These are the rules and regulatons that are printed inside of each Cold is Cool Passport:

1.MSIA is providing only forth and fifth graders with a Cold is Cool Passport.  The Passport is a non-transferable document which entitles the forth or fifth grader to whom it is issued (Holder) up to three complimentary children’s one-day lift tickets and/or trail passes at each of the participating Michigan Alpine and Nordic ski areas during the 2015-2016 ski season (subject to the terms and conditions set forth below). 

2.All participating ski areas reserve the right to withdraw from the program at any time, and all Passport offers are subject to availability.

3.The Passport may be used to obtain no more than one complimentary lift ticket per day.

4.The Passport or lift tickets obtained by the Passport may not be transferred or sold to any other person, including family members.  MSIA will immediately revoke the Passport if holder transfers use of the Passport or any lift ticket or trail pass obtained with the Passport to another person.

5.The Passport may be used by the Holder only when accompanied by a paying adult.  A maximum of two Passport Holders per each paying adult may obtain a complimentary one-day lift ticket.

6.MSIA will revoke and cancel a passport without notice for any misuse. Holders and their parents or legal guardians are responsible for proper use of that Passport at all times.  In the event of passport misuse and cancellation, MSIA may recover damages to itself and/or participating resorts arising from Passport misuse, including reasonable attorney fees.  All Passport Holders agree to comply with all rules and regulations of participating ski areas and with all other applicable laws and regulations.

7.MSIA reserves the right to modify or cancel the Program and all valid Passports at any time without notice.  MSIA is not responsible for expenses incurred or opportunities forgone by cancellation or modification of the program.

8.If a Passport is lost or stolen, notify MSIA immediately.  Participating resorts will not replace or assist with lost or stolen Passports.  MSIA reserves the right to make case-by-case determinations concerning replacement of Passports.

9.All information in the application is subject to verification by and becomes the property of MSIA.  Information provided by Passport applicants may be used by MSIA and others.

10.Passport is not valid without a photo placed on the inside front cover.

11.Passport is not valid on dates noted on each individual Lift Visa, Trail Visa and other coupons in this Passport.

12.Passport is not valid with any other discount, including school programs, White Gold Card, Shell voucher or on the purchase of multi-day packages and is not redeemable in cash or trade. The passport is valid when the paying adult is a season pass holder at that particular ski area, except where noted on individual Lift Visas and Trail Visas in this booklet.  Each ski area reserves the right to accept or deny passport use with a season pass.

13.MSIA and its partners, their subsidiaries, franchisees, employees, members, officers and agencies are not liable for any claims, demands, actions or causes of action on account of any injury to participants which may occur from any cause in participating in this promotional activity. 

14.If you have any questions, call (248) 620-4448.

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