Cold is Cool Passport

Cold is Cool – 4th and 5th Graders Ski Free!

Homestead Resort MicihiganMSIA Cold is Cool allows Fourth and Fifth Graders to 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 Cold is Cool, 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. MSIA charges $20 for the passport (to cover printing and shipping.)

School Days Ski Trips MichiganIn 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. Note:  A photo of your child must be affixed to the inside cover of the Passport or it is not valid.

Order Cold is Cool Passport:

You can order your passport online or by submitting an order form. It usually takes one to two weeks to get your Passport.

You can purchase a passport at a participating ski shop but you will need a completed application (see link above.)

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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.

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.