School Ski Days Field Trip Program

According to the Let’s Move campaign, kids need at least 60 minutes of active and vigorous play each day to stay healthy. Michigan Snowsports Industries Association invites all schools to take a field trip to their nearby ski area for a special experiential learning program and lots of fun outside this winter. A field trip is best suited for kids seven years of age and older.

The School Ski Days field trip program includes:

  • A tour of the ski facility.
  • An explanation, prior to skiing, of the Skier’s Responsibility Code and safe skiing techniques.
  • The use of rental equipment (if needed).
  • A ski or snowboard lesson. Children will be divided by ability.
  • Information on the science of making snow.
  • Free time on the slopes to practice skiing and have fun!

Cost of the Program

The participating ski areas have agreed to provide the School Ski Days program as inexpensively as possible. The objective is to introduce children to skiing and snowboarding and to get them outside, enjoying Michigan’s winter in a fun, safe environment. The cost varies from ski area to ski area but will not exceed $45 per child. Many ski areas charge less. Transportation is not included. If you have children with special needs, please discuss this with the ski area, as we will do our best to accommodate all children.


Please call the representative at the ski area you wish to visit to plan your School Ski Days field trip.

Participating Ski Areas

Bittersweet Ski Area
600 River Rd.
Otsego, MI 49078
Jayne Peet
(269) 694-2820 ext. 71

The Highlands at Harbor Springs
600 Highlands
Harbor Springs, MI  49740
Richard Wren
(231) 526-3499

Boyne Mountain
1 Boyne Mountain Road
Boyne Falls, MI  49713
Wolfgang Russold
(231) 549-6203

Caberfae Peaks Ski Resort
1 Caberfae Lane
Cadillac, MI  49601
Missy Smithwick
(231) 862-3000 ext. 164

Cannonsburg Ski Area
6800 Cannonsburg Rd.
Cannonsburg, MI  49317
Wendy Anderson
(616) 874-6711

Cross Country Ski Headquarters
(cross-country skiing only)
9435 North Cut Rd.
Roscommon, MI  48653
Mariah Frye
(989) 821-6661

Crystal Mountain Resort
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr.
Thompsonville, MI 49683
Kyle Peterson
231-378-2000 ext. 2003

Forbush Corner Nordic
4971 W Co. Rd. 612
Frederic, MI 49733
Ann Wagar

Mont Ripley
49051 N. Ski Hill Lane
Hancock, MI 49930
(906) 487-2340
Kristin Delpierre

Mt. Brighton Ski Area
4141 Bauer Rd.
Brighton, MI  48116
Bill Snyder
(810) 229-9581 ext. 312

Mt. Holiday
3100 Holiday Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 938-2500
Emily Skydowske

Mt. Holly
13536 Dixie Hwy.
Holly, MI  48442
Kurt Payne
(248) 634-3249

Pine Knob Ski Resort
7778 Sashabaw Rd
Clarkston, MI 48348
Mary Dawson
(248) 625-0800 ext. 3

Shanty Creek
5870 Shanty Creek Road
Bellaire, MI  49615
Steve Kershner
(231) 533-3000 ext. 7158

Ski Brule
397 Brule Mountain Rd.
Iron River, MI 49935

Snow Snake Ski & Golf
3407 E. Mannsiding Rd.
Harrison, MI 48625

Swiss Valley
13421 Mann Street
Jones, MI 49061
Sarah Lambert

The Homestead
1 Woodridge Rd
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Kristie Hayes

Timber Ridge
07500 23 1/2 Street
Gobles, MI 49055

Treetops Resort
3962 Wilkinson Rd.
Gaylord, MI 49735
Alex Hughes