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Enjoy Michigan Winter

Fourth and Fifth Graders ski free with the Cold is Cool Passport
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Governor Snyder Proclaims January as Discover Michigan Snow Sports Month
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Even if the ground is bare, with just a little cold weather, Michigan’s ski slopes can be blanketed in white.
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White Gold Card

The 2015/16 White Gold Card, which allows the purchaser to ski one time at each of our 35 great ski areas for the 2015/16 season, has officially sold out!  Thank you for your support.  Have fun on the slopes and trails! Learn more about the MSIA White Gold Card here. 

MSIA Members!  Your Annual Meeting is Monday, August 22 at Shanty Creek Resorts! 

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MSIA Cold is CoolFourth and Fifth Graders Ski Free in Michigan!

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 that provides every 4th and 5th grader the opportunity to ski for free. Students can obtain a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 30 participating ski areas, plus additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops.  

Read more: Cold is Cool - 4th and 5th Graders Ski Free!

Learn to ski affordably!  

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 Many ski areas across the state are offering Learn-to-ski or snowboard specials during January and beyond.  Learn for as little as $20!

 

Read more: Discover Michigan Skiing

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“Mitts 4 MI Kids” helps provide gloves and mittens to kids on Michigan ski slopes and trails

It has been a longtime problem at Michigan ski areas.  Children come out to learn to ski on a school field trip and are ill prepared for the winter weather. Often they don’t have proper gloves or mittens to protect their hands and keep them warm enough to hold ski poles or use the rope tows or other lifts. 

Read more: Mitts 4 MI Kids

It's easy and affordable to take a school field trip to a ski area close to your home!  Under our Cold is Cool banner, MSIA offers a program called School Ski Days, where participating ski areas provide rental equipment, lessons and lift tickets 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 $35 per child. Some ski areas charge less.  To learn more, click here.

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Designers of ski clothing never cease to amaze; they must come up with styles that look good and keep us comfortable no matter what Mother Nature throws our way. Often, the styles they create are at the forefront of fashion, with traditional clothing lines looking to the ski and snowboard industry for inspiration.  

That is certainly the case this year, with ski and snowboard fashions taking the lead once again. The new designs and trends on the slopes this winter just may end up on the runway next year. So, what will we see in the chairlift line? 

Read more: Innovations in Clothing and Equipment make sliding on the Snow Fun and Fashionable

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MSIA & The President's Challenge

 Presidential Active Lifestyle AwardMSIA's winter programs have been approved for The President's Challenge which is a program encouraging regular activity among children and adults.

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Lids on Kids Ski Helmets

Lids on Kids provides information on helmet safety and answers questions about helmet use.

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Michigan has a long ski history!  Here is a link to a Michigan Tourist Council map of ski areas from (we're guessing) the 1960s.  

Planning a winter trip but need a little help?  
The Pure Michigan website has information that can get you packing!

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