Cold is Cool Passport

(returning families will be given the option to renew)

Cold is Cool

4th and 5th Graders Ski Free with our NEW App!

MSIA Cold is Cool Passport allows Fourth and Fifth Graders to Ski Free in Michigan! Families can obtain a Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport App for their 4th and/or 5th graders that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 29 participating ski areas, plus additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops. MSIA charges $25 for the passport (to cover app development and maintenance.)

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

The Passport is an app to download on your phone, making it contactless at the lift ticket window.

Once the application is complete, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download the app.

To get a lift ticket, you will bring your child and your phone (or other device that you have loaded the app on) to the ski area. Show the offer you want to redeem to the ticket attendant and press the redeem button to receive your child’s lift ticket or other offer in the Cold is Cool App.  It’s that simple!

CHECK YOUR PASSPORT APP FOR EXCLUSION DATES AND THE SKI AREA’S WEBSITE before heading to the slopes.  Know before you go!

You can also show proof of grade at a participating ski shop and gain instant access to the Cold is Cool App. No need to wait for MSIA’s approval or upload proof of grade!

The demand for rental equipment is high!  If you need equipment we suggest you make arrangements before you head to the slopes.  You may want to rent from a ski shop nearby.

Cold Cool Passport Ski Michigan

Program Details

  • 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.
  • New this year, you will also need to upload a photo of your child, which replaces the ID card.
  • MSIA charges $25 for the Cold is Cool Passport App, which covers program costs and maintenance.
  • The Passport is valid through April 30, or the end of the 2021/22 ski season.
  • In order for fourth and fifth graders to use the free lift or trail passes, a paying adult must accompany them.
  • The Cold is Cool Passport cannot be used when an adult obtains a lift ticket with the White Gold Card, since the ski areas donate the lift tickets for both programs.

See participating ski areas and their offers below

“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.

Cold is Cool Ski Areas & Offers (Note!  This list is tentative and some blackouts may change.)

Upper Peninsula
Big Powderhorn
Bessemer, (906) 932-4838
Blackout 12/24/21 – 1/1/22, 1/15 - 1/17/22 and 2/19 - 2/21/22. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times
Big Snow Resorts:
Blackjack, Bessemer, Indianhead, Wakefield 1-800-346-3426
Blackout 12/24/21 – 1/1/22, 1/15 - 1/17/22 and 2/19 - 2/21/22. Valid for a BIG TICKET, which includes skiing at both Blackjack and Indianhead Mountain Resort! Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 3 times
Marquette Mountain Resort, Marquette, (906) 225-1155Valid all season. No Blackout dates! Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times
Mont Ripley
Hancock, (906) 487-2340
Blackout 12/24/21 – 1/5/22. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times
Pine Mountain
Iron Mountain (906) 774-2747
Valid all season, no blackout dates! Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times
Porcupine Mountain
Ontonagon, (906) 885-5209
Valid all season, no blackout dates! Valid 2 times
Northwestern Lower Peninsula
Boyne Highlands Resort
Harbor Springs, 1-866-934-9350
Blackout 12/26/21-1/2/22, 1/15/22-1/16/22, 2/19-2/20/22. Boyne Highlands is treating the Passport as a "Pass" so parents should purchase their tickets online in advance. Valid 3 times downhill and 3 times cross-country.
Boyne Mountain Resort
Boyne Falls, 1-866-931-3191
Blackout 12/26/21-1/2/22, 1/15/22-1/16/22, 2/19-2/20/22. Boyne is treating the Passport as a "Pass" so parents should purchase their tickets online in advance. Valid 3 times downhill and 3 times cross-country.
Caberfae Peaks
Cadillac, (231) 862-3000
Valid with purchase of an Adult Open-to-Close lift ticket ($79 Saturdays, $59 Sundays and $39 Midweek). Not valid 12/26/21-1/1/22, 1/15-1/16/22 7 2/19-2/20/22. Not valid with season pass tickets. Valid 3 times.
Cross Country Ski Hqts.
Roscommon, 1-800-832-2663
Blackout 12/24/21 – 1/1/22, 1/15 - 1/17/22 and 2/19 - 2/21/22. (Cross-country skiing only.) Valid 2 times
Crystal Mountain Resort
Thompsonville, 1-888-968-7686
Valid w/purchase of adult open-close ticket. Blackout 12/24/21 – 1/2/22, 1/15 - 1/17/22 and 2/19 - 2/21/22. Passport is treated like a season pass, so parents should purchase their ticket in advance. Valid 2 times downhill and 2 times cross-country
Hickory Hills
Traverse City 231-922-4900
Blackout 12/24/2021 - 1/1/2022 Valid 2 times
Bay Mtn. at The Homestead
Glen Arbor, (231) 334-5249
Valid all season, no blackout dates! Check website for hours of operation. Valid 3 times downhill
Mt. Holiday
Traverse City, (231) 938-2500
Blackout 12/24/21 – 1/1/22, 1/15 - 1/17/22 and 2/19 - 2/21/22. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times
Nub's Nob
Harbor Springs, 1-800-SKI-NUBS
Blackout 12/24/21-1/1/22, 2/19 - 2/20/22 Valid 2 times downhill and 2 times cross country
Shanty Creek Resorts
Bellaire, (231) 533-3000 x 3383
Valid all season, no blackout dates! Important! Due to the pandemic, lift ticket sales may be limited. We suggest you pre-purchase adult tickets before heading to the slopes. You will need an adult lift ticket in order to redeem a passport lift ticket. Valid 3 times downhill & 3 times cross country
North Central Lower Peninsula
Hanson Hills
Grayling, (989) 348-9266
Blackout 12/15/2021 - 1/5/22 Valid 3 times
Otsego Resort Gaylord, 1-800-752-5510Blackout 12/24/21 – 1/1/22, 1/15 - 1/17/22 and 2/19 - 2/21/22. Valid 2 times
Snow Snake Ski & Golf
Harrison, (989) 539-6583
Valid all season, no blackout dates! Valid 2 times
Treetops Resort
Gaylord, 1-866-348-5249
Blackout 12/24/21-1/2/22, 1/15/22-1/17/22 and 2/19/22-2/21/22 Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Due to high demand, rental equipment may be limited. Valid 2 times
West Central and Southwestern Lower Peninsula
Bittersweet
Otsego, (269) 694-2820
Valid all season, no blackout dates!. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times
Cannonsburg Ski Area
Belmont, (616) 874-6711
Valid Mon. - Fri. only. Blackout 12/24/21 – 1/1/22, 1/15 - 1/17/22 and 2/19 - 2/21/22. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, school club card or season pass. Valid 2 times
Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park, Muskegon (231) 744-9629Blackout 1/17 - 1/19/22 and 2/18 - 2/21/22. (Cross-country skiing only.) Valid 2 times
Swiss Valley Ski Area
Jones, (269) 244-5635
Valid all season, no blackout dates! Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times
Timber Ridge Ski Area
Gobles, (269) 694-9449
Valid all season, no blackout dates! Valid 2 times
Southeastern Lower Peninsula
Alpine Valley Ski Area
White Lake, (248) 887-2180
Blackout 12/20/21 – 1/5/22, 1/17 - 1/19/22 and 2/19 - 2/21/22. Not valid on weekends (Fri - Sun) Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times
Mt. Brighton
Brighton, (810) 229-9581
Not valid on weekends (Fri.-Sun.) Blackout 12/20/21 – 1/2/22, 1/17/22 and 2/21/22. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times.
Mt. Holly
Holly, (248) 634-8269
Valid all season, no blackout dates! Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times