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All Fourth, Fifth Graders In Michigan Offered Free Skiing; 'Cold Is Cool'

Michigan free skiing for kidsThe Michigan Ski Industries Association (MSIA) is offering all fourth and fifth graders in the Wolverine State the chance to ski and snowboard for free all winter and spring. 

Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport program offers the students three free lift tickets or trail passes at 26 participating ski areas scattered throughout the state and additional discounts on the slopes and participating ski shops. There is a $15 printing and shipping fee for each passport ordered, which is nominal compared to the cost of three lift tickets. It also helps sponsor additional school field trips. MSIA helps underprivileged kids get out on the slopes and trails through grants to schools.

Cold is Cool packets with application forms for the Passport were mailed to all Michigan schools in the fall. Go online for an application or pick up one at participating ski shops. To use the free lift tickets a paying adult must accompany fourth and fifth graders on the slopes. One adult can accompany two students. The Passport is valid through April 30, 2015.  

“We feel that the students should be supervised by an adult while skiing or riding. It keeps it an affordable, fun, safe activity the family can enjoy together,” explained Mickey McWilliams, MSIA executive director. 

In addition to the lift tickets donated by participating Michigan 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 also included coupons for equipment rental and free or discounted lessons.  

A sampling of the ski areas include in northern Lower Michigan, Boyne ResortsCrystal MountainShanty CreekNubs Nob, and in southern Michigan Swiss ValleyTimber RidgeAlpine Valley and Mt. Brighton. In the UP IndianheadBig PowderhornMarquette Mountainand Norway Mountain are just a few included.  

The Deal:

What: Michigan's fourth and fifth graders can ski free with Cold Is Cool Ski & Ride Passport at 26 ski areas.

How: Get application packets from schools, ski shops or online.

Cost: Tickets are free, but there is a $15 printing and card shipping fee. Students must be accompanied by an adult, who can accompany two kids.

Extras: Coupons for discounts on helmets, equipment purchases and rentals and lessons.

Photo: Michigan fourth, fifth graders can ski for free (MSIA)

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