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!
Want to learn to ski or snowboard? Everyone 7 years and older – even adults – can during January, Discover Michigan Skiing Month!
Note! We are working on the Discover Michigan Skiing program for January, 2024 and will have updates on this page soon!
Ski areas across the state team up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer an affordable introduction to the sports of skiing and snowboarding. This program is for people 7 years and older for skiing and 10 years and older for snowboarding.
Choose to downhill ski, cross-country ski or snowboard
The price is just $60 per beginner session (except where noted below). ONE SESSION PER CUSTOMER PER LESSON TYPE. (You may take one downhill ski session, one snowboard session and one cross-country session.)
The MSIA White Gold Card entitles the purchaser to ski one time at each of the participating ski areas during the 2023/2024 ski season. In addition to the lift tickets, White Gold Card purchasers also receive one complimentary ski or snowboard tune-up, 3 hot wax sessions and a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $100 at participating retailers. Retail value is over $2,200!
The White Gold Cards are for sale at participating ski/board shops now and they are selling very fast! We sold out of our online allotment. There may be a few left at a shop or two, but that is doubtful. Thank you for your interest in the White Gold Card!
We have a challenge for you! Anyone who uses the White Gold Card in the 2023/24 season and skis/rides at ALL 33 ski areas and can send us proof (punched out card, dated lift tickets and/or receipts) will be awarded a FREE White Gold Card for the 2024/25 season! Good luck and have fun out there!
The Cross Country Ski areas that comprise the Great Lakes Winter Trails Council are committed to providing you with the finest and most diversified groomed cross-country skiing trails, plus service at a level that we’re sure will meet your expectations.
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