Michigan's Cold is Cool 4th Grade Ski & Snowboard Passport


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 a state-wide program which provides every fourth grader in Michigan the opportunity to ski for free. Fourth graders can obtain a "Cold is Cool" Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 20 participating ski areas. Click here for "Cold is Cool" application.

The "Cold is Cool" Fourth 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.

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 grade is the perfect age to learn to ski. Nine- and ten-year-old kids have the coordination to pick up the sport quickly," he adds.

In order for fourth graders to use the free lift or trail pass coupons, a paying adult must accompany them. "We feel that fourth graders should be supervised by an adult while on the slopes and trails. Our intention is to make this a fun, affordable activity for the entire family," says Mickey MacWilliams, MSIA executive director. With the Passport, up to two fourth graders can ski free with each paying adult.

In the fall, Michigan elementary and middle school principals receive a "Cold is Cool" packet with information on a variety of MSIA programs including application forms for the Fourth Grade Passport. Kids can also pick up the applications at participating MSIA ski shops and by clicking here. Although the skiing is free, MSIA charges a $15 printing and shipping fee for each passport ordered.

Participating ski areas include:
Alpine Valley of White Lake
Blackjack Resor of Bessemer
Boyne Highlands of Harbor Springs
Boyne Mountain of Boyne Falls
Caberfae Peaks of Cadillac
Cannonsburg Ski Area of Cannonsburg
Cross Country Ski Headquarters of Roscommon
Crystal Mountain of Thompsonville
Hanson Hills of Grayling
Mt. Brighton of Brighton
Norway Mountain of Norway
Nubs Nob of Harbor Springs
Otsego Club & Resort
Pine Mountain of Iron Mountain
Shanty Creek of Bellaire
Snow Snake Ski & Golf of Harrison
Swiss Valley Ski Area of Jones
The Homestead of Glen Arbor
Timber Ridge Ski Area of Gobles
Treetops Resort of Gaylord

The Cold is Cool Fourth Grade Ski & Ride Passport has blackout dates at some of the participating ski areas. Dates are listed on the application and the passport itself.

How to Obtain a 4th Grade Ski & Ride Cold is Cool Passport

Passport applications are sent to all Michigan elementary schools in November, so be sure to ask your teacher for your application. They are also available at MSIA Ski Shops in November, or you can also click here to obtain one.

Once you receive your application, have your parents fill out all of the required information and return to the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association. Please be sure to include:

A $15 processing fee - please call 248.620.4448. Please make check payable to MSIA.

Completed application

Proof of 4th grade status - a copy of most recent report card, student I.D. or progress report.

Mail your payment and information to:

Cold Is Cool Passport
7164 Deer Lake Court
Clarkston, MI 48346

*Some restrictions apply. See 4th grade Cold is Cool application for more details.

To learn more about these programs please visit GoSkiMichigan.com