Cold is Cool Program Details

Cold is Cool – 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. Please note! Put your child’s name and address in the “Ship To” column if you are pre-ordering online.
  • MSIA charges $25 for the Cold is Cool Passport App, which covers app development 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. “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.

Check this link to get step-by-step instructions on how to redeem a passport offer!

Still having problems?  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions here.

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.  Check this page for a retailer near you.

Cold is Cool Ski Areas & Offers

Upper Peninsula
Big Powderhorn
Bessemer, (906) 932-4838
Blackout 12/24/23 – 1/1/24, 1/13 - 1/15/24 and 2/17 - 2/19/24. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times
Marquette Mountain Resort, Marquette, (906) 225-1155Blackout 12/24/23 – 1/2/24, and 2/17 - 2/19/24. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times
Mont Ripley
Hancock, (906) 487-2340
Blackout 12/24/23 – 1/5/24. 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
Snowriver Mountain Resort, Wakefield 1-800-346-3426Valid all season, no blackout dates! Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 3 times
Northwestern Lower Peninsula
Boyne Mountain Resort
Boyne Falls, 1-866-931-3191
Boyne Mountain uses RFID cards to access lifts and trails. In the Passport there is ONE offer, for three days downhill and ONE offer for three days cross country with the following blackout dates: 12/24/23-1/2/24, 1/13-1/15/24, 2/17-2/19/24. Parents are encouraged to purchase their lift tickets in advance. Then, on their first visit only, take your child to the lift ticket window and redeem the offer in front of the attendant. Boyne will check credentials and then print an RFID card for the student with three days loaded on the card, with restricted days blacked out. The student then may go direct to lift each visit! Upon their first scan at the chairlift each visit, a single day is automatically deducted from their RFID card. Valid 3 times downhill and 3 times cross-country.
Caberfae Peaks
Cadillac, (231) 862-3000
Valid with the purchase of an Adult Open to Close Lift Ticket. Season Passes, Punch Passes, Indy Passes, Freedom Passes & White Gold Cards do not count as a paid lift ticket. Blackout 12/26/23 – 1/1/24, 1/13/24 – 1/14/24, and 2/17/24 - 2/18/24. Valid for 3 redemptions.
Cross Country Ski Hqts.
Roscommon, 1-800-832-2663
Blackout 12/24/23 – 1/1/24, 1/13 - 1/15/24 and 2/17 - 2/19/24. (Cross-country skiing only.) Valid 2 times
Crystal Mountain Resort
Thompsonville, 1-888-968-7686
Valid w/purchase of adult open-close ticket. Blackout 12/24/23 – 1/2/24, 1/13 - 1/15/24 and 2/17 - 2/19/24. Parents should purchase their ticket in advance. Valid 3 times.
Forbush Corners
Gaylord (989) 889-2843
Valid all season, no blackout dates! This offer includes cross-country rental equipment! Valid 3 times cross country skiing or snow shoeing.
Hickory Hills
Traverse City 231-947-8566
Valid all season, no blackout dates. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times downhill and 2 times cross country.
The Homestead
Glen Arbor, (231) 334-5000
Valid with purchase of adult all-day ticket. Valid all season, no blackout dates! Valid for downhill 3 times. Visit www.thehomesteadresort.com for hours of operation.
Mt. Holiday
Traverse City, (231) 938-2500
Blackout 12/24/23 – 1/2/24, 1/13 - 1/15/24 and 2/17 - 2/19/24. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times
Nub's Nob
Harbor Springs, 1-800-SKI-NUBS
Blackout 12/24/23-1/1/24, 2/17 - 2/19/24 Valid 2 times downhill and 2 times cross country
Shanty Creek Resorts
Bellaire, (231) 533-3000 x 3383
Valid all season, no blackout dates! You will need an adult lift ticket or a season pass in order to redeem a passport lift ticket. Valid 3 times downhill & 3 times cross country
The Highlands
Harbor Springs, 1-855-448-8582
The Highlands uses RFID cards to access lifts and trails. In the Passport there is ONE offer, for three days downhill and ONE offer for three days cross country with the following blackout dates: 12/24/23-1/2/24, 1/13-1/15/24, 2/17-2/19/24. Parents are encouraged to purchase their lift tickets in advance. Then, on their first visit only, take your child to the lift ticket window and redeem the offer in front of the attendant. The Highlands will check credentials and then print an RFID card for the student with three days loaded on the card, with restricted days blacked out. The student then may go direct to lift each visit! Upon their first scan at the chairlift each visit, a single day is automatically deducted from their RFID card.
Valid 3 times downhill or cross-country.
North Central Lower Peninsula
Hanson Hills
Grayling, (989) 348-9266
No blackouts, valid all season long! Valid 3 times downhill and 3 times cross country.
Otsego Resort Gaylord, 1-800-752-5510Blackout 12/24/23 – 1/1/24, 1/13 - 1/15/24 and 2/17 - 2/19/24. 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 12/24/23 – 1/2/24, 1/13 - 1/15/24 and 2/17 - 2/19/24. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Due to high demand, rental equipment may be limited. Valid 2 times downhill & 2 times cross country
West Central and Southwestern Lower Peninsula
Bittersweet Resort
Otsego, (269) 694-2820
Valid all season, no blackout dates! Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Valid 2 times. Due to high demand, rental equipment may be limited.
Cannonsburg Ski Area
Belmont, (616) 874-6711
Valid Monday - Friday only. Blackout 12/24/23 – 1/1/24, 1/13 - 1/15/24 and 2/17 - 2/19/24. 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 1/13 - 1/15/24 and 2/17 - 2/19/24. (Cross-country skiing only.) Valid 2 times
Swiss Valley Ski Area
Jones, (269) 244-5635
Blackout 12/24/23 – 1/7/24, 1/13 - 1/15/24 and 2/17 - 2/19/24.
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
Not valid on weekends (Sat - Sun.) Blackout 12/22/23 – 1/2/24, 1/13 - 1/15/24 and 2/17 - 2/19/24. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. A paying adult (full-price lift ticket) must accompany the child. Valid 2 times
Mt. Brighton
Brighton, (810) 229-9581
Blackout 12/23/23 – 1/1/24. 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

The Small Print – Rules and Regulations

  1. MSIA is providing only forth and fifth graders with a Cold is Cool Passport. The Passport is a non-transferable application which entitles the parent or guardian of 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 2021-2022 ski season (subject to the terms and conditions set forth below).
  2. All participating ski areas reserve the right to withdraw from the program or change their offer 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. A photo of the child must be uploaded into the app in order for it to be valid and the child must accompany the adult to the lift window.
  4. The Cold is Cool Passport is nonrefundable.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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 on dates noted by each ski area on the Cold is Cool app and those dates are subject to change.
  11. Passport is not valid with any other discount, including school programs, White Gold Card, 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 ski area pages in the Cold is Cool app.  Each ski area reserves the right to accept or deny passport use with a season pass.
  12. 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.

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