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

4th and 5th Graders Ski ALL WINTER LONG with our App!

MSIA Cold is Cool Passport allows Fourth and Fifth Graders to Ski All Winter Long 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 29 participating ski areas, plus additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops. MSIA charges $30 for the passport; $25 covers operating expenses and $5 goes to MIsnow, a new charitable organization that helps get underprivileged kids out on our slopes & trails in the winter.  MIsnow also works to preserve the strong cultural past of Michigan skiing and protect its future with sustainability education.

In 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.

The Passport is an app to download on your phone, making it contactless at the lift ticket window.

Once the application is complete, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download the app.

To get a lift ticket, you will bring your child and your phone (or other device that you have loaded the app on) to the ski area. 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!

CHECK YOUR PASSPORT APP FOR EXCLUSION DATES AND THE SKI AREA’S WEBSITE 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!

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Crystal Mountain ~ Mardi Gras on the Mountain ~ March 2, 2024

Crystal Mountain - Mardi Gras on the Mountain

Let the good times roll at Crystal Mountain with activities galore during Mardi Gras at the Mountain!

Please Note: All activities are weather permitting and subject to cancellation.

Noon – 4pm

  • DJ CDX will be playing your favorites at the Crystal Center Patio!
  • Find the Crystal Mountain Court Jester skiing on the mountain.
  • On-Slope Scavenger Hunt – Find the Fleur de Lis scattered around the slopes. Bring one back to the Park at Water’s Edge for a prize!

1 – 3pm: Mardi Gras Mask Making – Held at Lodge Pavilion Tent. $10 per mask.
Let your creativity roll with masks you can decorate! Select your mask shape and adorn it with jewels, feathers and more. No reservations required but we encourage you to arrive at least 30 minutes before the end of the program to ensure enough time to complete your project.

2pm – 5pm: Live Music in the Vista Lounge
Ages 21+ only.

3pm – 5pm: Live Music in the Slopeside Tent

8pm – 11pm: Live Music in the Vista Lounge
Ages 21+ only.

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Crystal Mountain ~ Spring Carnival ~ March 9, 2024

Crystal Mountain - Spring Carnival

Celebrate spring the “up-north” way, with all kinds of snow-filled fun! Fun-in-the-sun costumes are highly encouraged. Get ready for events and activities for the whole family can enjoy during Spring Carnival.

Please Note: All activities are weather permitting and subject to cancellation.

9:30 – 10:30am: Cardboard Classic Registration
Please review the rules prior to creating your sled. Held slopeside on the Lodge Patio. Only two racers are allowed per sled. Helmets are required. Day-of-registration required 30-minutes before event start time (10:30am). All participants must be present at registration for a wristband. All participants are required to complete a waiver prior to the event, adults must sign for participants under 18 years old.

10:45am: Creative Sled Contest
Build a sled using only cardboard and duct tape. Sleds must be pre-registered to participate in the Cardboard Classic

11am: Cardboard Classic Race
Held on the Cheers to Lou slope! View the rules prior to building your sled.

11am – 1:30pm: Slush Cup Registration 
Held on the Lodge Patio. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Helmets are required. Rental gear is prohibited. All participants are required to complete a waiver prior to the event, adults must sign for participants under 18 years old.

Noon – 4pm

  • Executive Sounds will be playing your favorites at the Lodge Patio!
  • On-Slope Scavenger Hunt – Find the surfboards scattered around the mountain and bring one back to the Park at Water’s Edge for a prize!

2pm: Slush Cup
Ski or ride through a giant pit of icy slush! Day of registration required at the Lodge Patio at least 30-minutes prior to the start time. Helmets are required. Rental gear is prohibited. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Held at the base of Thor.

2pm – 5pm: Live Music in the Vista Lounge
Ages 21+ only.

8pm – 11pm: Live Music in the Vista Lounge
Ages 21+ only.

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Crystal Mountain ~ Celts & Kayaks ~ March 16, 2024

Crystal Mountain - Celts & Kilts

Cheers to a fun-filled St. Patrick’s weekend, with plenty of activities for everyone.

9:30 – 10:30AM: Kayaks on the Snow Registration
Be the fastest one down our race course. Equipment provided, personal equipment is prohibited. All participants must have their own helmet and be at least 8 years old. Day-of registration is required 30-minutes prior to the event starting (11am). All participants must be present at registration for a wristband. Registration located slopeside on the Lodge Patio. All participants are required to complete a waiver prior to the event, adults must sign for participants under 18 years old.

11AM: Kayaks on the Snow Race
Held on the Cheers to Lou slope.

Noon – 4pm

  • Executive Sounds playing your favorite hits at the Lodge Patio!
  • Look for our Leprechauns out skiing on the slopes!
  • On-Slope Scavenger Hunt – Find the shamrocks scattered around the mountain and bring one to the Park at Water’s Edge to win a prize.

2pm: Slush Cup 
Ski or ride through a giant pit of icy slush. Day-of registration required at the Lodge Patio at least 30-minutes prior to the start time. Helmets are required. Rental gear is prohibited. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Held at the base of Thor. All participants are required to complete a waiver prior to the event, adults must sign for participants under 18 years old.

 

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