Ski Shops selling the Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport
Want to get your child's passport today? They are available at the ski shops listed below. We suggest calling in advance of your arrival, to check on their available supply.
Boyne Country SportsBloomfield Hills, (248) 338-0803Novi, (248) 347-3323Petoskey, (231) 439 4906Traverse City, (231) 941-1999Bill & Paul's Sporthaus1200 E Paris Rd. SEGrand Rapids, MI 49546(616) 458-1684
The Stable of Saginaw300 S HamiltonSaginaw, MI 48602(989) 799-0601
Please note: You must provide proof of 4th or 5th grade status. One page of a report card or progress report is sufficient. If the child is home schooled, the parent or guardian can include a note stating the child's grade equivalent. Please bring this with you to the store, along with a completed Cold is Cool Application and payment ($20 per student to cover printing and other fees.)
Here is a list of ski areas with their offers:
You can download and print a 2015/16 Cold is Cool Ski & Ride 4th and 5th Grade Passport Application with this link. Note: The Application is interactive so you can fill it out on your computer!
Want to see it before you apply? Here is a link to the what the passport looks like.
The Small Print! These are the rules and regulatons that are printed inside of each Cold is Cool Passport:
1.MSIA is providing only forth and fifth graders with a Cold is Cool Passport. The Passport is a non-transferable document which entitles the forth or fifth grader to whom it is issued (Holder) up to three complimentary children’s one-day lift tickets and/or trail passes at each of the participating Michigan Alpine and Nordic ski areas during the 2015-2016 ski season (subject to the terms and conditions set forth below). 2.All participating ski areas reserve the right to withdraw from the program at any time, and all Passport offers are subject to availability. 3.The Passport may be used to obtain no more than one complimentary lift ticket per day. 4.The Passport or lift tickets obtained by the Passport may not be transferred or sold to any other person, including family members. MSIA will immediately revoke the Passport if holder transfers use of the Passport or any lift ticket or trail pass obtained with the Passport to another person. 5.The Passport may be used by the Holder only when accompanied by a paying adult. A maximum of two Passport Holders per each paying adult may obtain a complimentary one-day lift ticket. 6.MSIA will revoke and cancel a passport without notice for any misuse. Holders and their parents or legal guardians are responsible for proper use of that Passport at all times. In the event of passport misuse and cancellation, MSIA may recover damages to itself and/or participating resorts arising from Passport misuse, including reasonable attorney fees. All Passport Holders agree to comply with all rules and regulations of participating ski areas and with all other applicable laws and regulations. 7.MSIA reserves the right to modify or cancel the Program and all valid Passports at any time without notice. MSIA is not responsible for expenses incurred or opportunities forgone by cancellation or modification of the program. 8.If a Passport is lost or stolen, notify MSIA immediately. Participating resorts will not replace or assist with lost or stolen Passports. MSIA reserves the right to make case-by-case determinations concerning replacement of Passports. 9.All information in the application is subject to verification by and becomes the property of MSIA. Information provided by Passport applicants may be used by MSIA and others. 10.Passport is not valid without a photo placed on the inside front cover. 11.Passport is not valid on dates noted on each individual Lift Visa, Trail Visa and other coupons in this Passport. 12.Passport is not valid with any other discount, including school programs, White Gold Card, Shell voucher or on the purchase of multi-day packages and is not redeemable in cash or trade. The passport is valid when the paying adult is a season pass holder at that particular ski area, except where noted on individual Lift Visas and Trail Visas in this booklet. Each ski area reserves the right to accept or deny passport use with a season pass. 13.MSIA and its partners, their subsidiaries, franchisees, employees, members, officers and agencies are not liable for any claims, demands, actions or causes of action on account of any injury to participants which may occur from any cause in participating in this promotional activity. 14.If you have any questions, call (248) 620-4448.
Fourth 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. MSIA charges $20 for the passport (to cover printing and shipping.)
In addition to the lift tickets donated by the participating ski areas, the Cold is Cool Passport also includes a coupon for 20% off a helmet purchase and $15 off the purchase of $100 at over 50 participating ski shops. Some ski areas have also included coupons for equipment rental and free or discounted lessons.
Read more: Cold is Cool - 4th and 5th Graders Ski Free!
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
Michigan is open for skiing! With the cold temperatures, Michigan ski areas are making snow and opening early. Check here for a tentative list of those that are open now, and those that plan to open within the next few days. But don’t take our word on this! All Michigan ski areas are working hard to open and others may join the list of OPEN soon. Check ski conditions at all Michigan ski areas here. Upper Peninsula Indianhead Mountain Plans to open Friday, November 29 Marquette Mountain Plans to open Friday, November 29 Pine Mountain Plans to open Friday, November 29 Ski Brule IS OPEN
Northern Lower Peninsula Boyne Highlands Plans to open Thursday, November 28 Boyne Mountain Plans to open Thursday, November 28 Caberfae Peaks Plans to open Friday, November 29 Crystal Mountain Plans to open Thursday, November 28 Cross-Country Ski Headquarters Plans to open Thursday, November 28 Nubs Nob Ski Area Plans to open Thursday, November 28 Shanty Creek Resorts Plans to open Friday, November 29 Treetops Resort Plans to open Friday, November 29
Western Michigan Bittersweet IS OPEN Timber Ridge Plans to open Friday, November 29
Snow Snake Plans to open Friday, November 29
Southeast Michigan Alpine Valley IS OPEN Mt. Brighton IS OPEN Mt. Holly IS OPEN Pine Knob IS OPEN Please check the ski area websites for hours of operation and conditions before heading to the slopes.
The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has produced a card that allows the holder to ski at 35 different Michigan ski areas this winter for just $269. Called the MSIA White Gold Card, it entitles the purchaser to ski one time at each of the participating ski areas during the 2015/2016 ski season. In addition to the 35 lift tickets, White Gold Card purchasers also receive one complimentary ski or snowboard tune-up, 3 hot was sessions and a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $100 at participating retailers. The retail value is over $1,500!
The cards will be available at participating retail stores throughout the state and on this website soon. You save the $8 shipping fee (per order not per card) by purchasing at your local ski shop. We only have 400 to sell and they sold out fast last year! See the list below for a retailer near you.
The card looks like a credit card, divided into squares. Each ski area is assigned to a square and one square is designated for the ski tune-up. The purchaser takes the White Gold Card to the ski area’s lift ticket window, where the square corresponding to that ski area is punched out. White Gold Card skiers are allowed to ski one time at each ski area, midweek or weekend. The card is valid for the entire ski season, except for December 24, 2016 through January 2, 2017. The cards are non-refundable and non-transferable. To get the tune-up and hot wax services, White Gold Card purchasers take their skis or boards to one of the over 47 participating ski shops.
MSIA developed the White Gold Card as a fundraising endeavor and limits its production to 400 cards. “We’ve found from past years’ sales that they go quickly,” says Steve Kershner, MSIA Chairman and Director of Snowsports at Shanty Creek Resorts. He suggests that anyone interested in purchasing a card should do so as soon as possible.
Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus - Grand Rapids - (616) 458-1684 Boyne Country Sports - Bloomfield Hills (248) 338-0803, Novi (248) 549-6006, Traverse City (231) 941-1999Don Orr Ski Haus - Traverse City (231) 946-8810Don Thomas Sporthaus - Birmingham (248) 626-9503 Lee’s Adventure Sports - Kalamazoo (269) 381-7701 Nichol’s Ski & Snowboard - Dearborn (313) 565-0044, Waterford (248) 674-5200 Outdoor Action Co. - Sylvan Lake (248) 454-1188 Schummer’s Ski Shop - Grosse Ponte Woods (313) 881-4363 Shumaker’s Ski & Board - Flint (810) 239-6931Skier's Peak - Bloomfield Hills (248) 594-6200The Stable of Saginaw - Saginaw (989) 799-0601 Sun & Snow Sports - Ann Arbor (734) 663-9515, Plymouth (734) 927-0007 Swiss Valley Ski Shop - Jones (269) 244-5635 Treetops Ski Shop – Gaylord (989) 732-6711
The Michigan Ski Hall of Fame was created to recognize those individuals who have contributed significantly to the growth of skiing and snowsports in the state of Michigan.In 2003, MSIA inducted its first members into the Hall of Fame - Everett Kircher, the creater of the Boyne empire and Bill Pearson, who started Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus. In 2004, Don Thomas, of Don Thomas Sporthaus and George Petritz, the developer of Crystal Mountain were inducted. Then in 2006, MSIA inducted Al Almon, who improved ski instruction by creating uniform teaching standards throughout Michigan and the US. and James Dilworth, who built and patented the world’s first fan snow making gun.On August 6, under bluebird skies at Boyne Highlands, we were pleased to announce the induction of John and Joan Bintz, who literally made Apple Mountain out of a mole hill and Joseph Koski Sr., who brought skiing to millions of people in southern Michigan with Mt. Holly, Pine Knob, Bittersweet and more. Click here to read their biographies.
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.
MSIA's winter programs have been approved for The President's Challenge which is a program encouraging regular activity among children and adults.
Lids on Kids provides information on helmet safety and answers questions about helmet use.