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.
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 2015/16 White Gold Cards have arrived! However, the allotment that we had to sell online are SOLD OUT. There are some still available at your local ski shop. Check the list below for one near you. We advise calling ahead to reserve your cards...they go fast!
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 $249. 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, 2015 through January 3, 2016. 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 SOLD OUTBoyne 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) 626-9503Lee’s Adventure Sports - Kalamazoo (269) 381-7701 SOLD OUTNichol’s Ski & Snowboard - Dearborn (313) 565-0044, Waterford (248) 674-5200 Outdoor Action Co. - Sylvan Lake (248) 454-1188Schummer’s Ski Shop - Grosse Ponte Woods (313) 881-4363 Shumaker’s Ski & Board - Flint (810) 239-6931 SOLD OUTSkier's Peak - Bloomfield Hills (248) 594-6200The Stable of Saginaw - Saginaw (989) 799-0601 SOLD OUTSun & Snow Sports - Ann Arbor (734) 663-95515, Plymouth (734) 927-0007 Swiss Valley Ski Shop - Jones (269) 244-5635Treetops 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.