MSIA Cold is CoolSki 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.

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.) 

Bill & Paul's Sporthaus
1200 E Paris RD SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 458-1684

Boyne Country Sports
Bloomfield Hills, (248) 338-0803
Novi, (248) 347-3323
Traverse City, (231) 941-1999

Don Orr Ski Haus
890 Munson Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 946-8810

Don Thomas Sporthaus
690 S Old Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 626-9503

Nichol's Ski & Snowboard
Dearborn, (313) 565-0044
Waterford, (248) 674-5200

Shumaker's Ski & Snowboard
2342 S. Ballenger Hwy.
Flint, MI  48503
(810) 239-6931

Summit Sports
Brighton, (810) 227-6877
East Lansing, (517) 332-4000
Bloomfield Hills, (248) 738-4444

The Stable of Saginaw
300 S Hamilton
Saginaw, 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.) 

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.  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 $20 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!

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

MSIA Discover Michigan Learn to SkiMichigan 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

Central Michigan

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.

Michigan Snowsports Industries Association makes it possible to ski at 35 areas for just $269.  

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 2016/2017 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 $1,600!

The cards are now available at participating retail stores throughout the state and we have a limited number to sell from 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.

You may order them online here, or purchase them at participating retailers (listed below)  

Participating ski areas:

Alpine Valley
Apple Mountain
Big Powderhorn
Blackjack Resort
Boyne Highlands
Boyne Mountain
Caberfae Peaks
Crystal Mountain
Cross-Country Ski Hdqts.
Bay Mtn. at The Homestead
Hanson Hillls
Porcupine Mountain
Indianhead Mountain
Marquette Mountain
Mont Ripley
Mt. Bohemia
Mt. Bohemia
Mt. Brighton

Mt. Holiday
Mt. Holly
Mt. Zion
Mulligan’s Hollow
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
Norway Mountain
Nubs Nob
Pine Knob
Pine Mountain
Shanty Creek
Ski Brule
Snow Snake
Swiss Valley
Timber Ridge
Treetops Resort

These retailers are selling White Gold Cards:  (Note - Some ski shops will accept only cash or check)

Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus - Grand Rapids - (616) 458-1684
Boyne Country Sports - Bloomfield Hills (248) 338-0803, Novi (248) 549-6006, Traverse City (231) 941-1999
Don Orr Ski Haus - Traverse City (231) 946-8810
Don 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 
Schummer’s Ski Shop - Grosse Ponte Woods (313) 881-4363
Shumaker’s Ski & Board - Flint (810) 239-6931
Skier's Peak - Bloomfield Hills (248) 594-6200
The Stable of Saginaw - Saginaw (989) 799-0601
Sun & Snow Sports - Ann Arbor (734) 663-9515, Plymouth (734) 927-0007
Summit Sports - Brighton (810) 227-6877, East Lansing (517) 332-4000, Bloomfield Hills (248) 738-4444 
Swiss Valley Ski Shop - Jones (269) 244-5635 

 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.

Bintz coupleJoe Kosik photo BWOn 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 & 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.

Lids on Kids

Lids on Kids Ski Helmets

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

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