Cold is Cool Passport

Cold is Cool – 4th and 5th Graders Ski Free with our NEW App!

Homestead Resort MicihiganMSIA 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 28 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.)

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 Cold is Cool Passport I.D. card to show at the lift ticket window.

We have turned the Passport booklet into an app to download on your phone, making it contactless at the lift ticket window and it is available to download from the Google and Apple stores. Once the application is complete, you will receive an email with download instructions.

Your child will also need a Cold is Cool I.D. Card, with their photo affixed in the designated area.  You will bring your child, the I.D. card and your phone or other device that you have loaded the app on to the ski area or shop when you want to redeem an offer. 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! 

Please Note! Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ski areas may need to change or delete their Passport offer.  We will do our best to post the most updated information below but PLEASE check your Passport App 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 “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.