Students Ski Free in Michigan with Cold is Cool Passport

Ski resorts in Michigan are enticing students and their families to the slopes with free skiing for their young ones. If you’re headed to Michigan and your family includes a student in 4th or 5th grader, then you have hit the jackpot with Michigan’s Cold is Cool Passport program for kids.


The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association’s state-wide program provides 4th and 5th grade students up to three free lift tickets at 30 participating ski resorts, plus ski shop, equipment rental, lesson and other discounts on the slope.

The program allows up to two kids to ski free with each paying adult, who must accompany the children for safety. A report card or progress report is all the proof of 4th or 5th grade status that is required. Registration costs just $20 per child, and the small fee is well worth it because a few resorts impose no restrictions or blackout dates on the passports.

Passports are valid through April 30, or the end of the 2015/16 ski season. Visit the MSIA website to register for a passport, and read the fine print for complete details and all restrictions. Below are some notes that will help you make the most of your child’s passport before your trip.

Alpine Valley – Valid M-Fri only. Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Blackout dates apply.

Big Powderhorn – Season pass does not count as a paid adult ticket. Blackout dates apply.

Blackjack Mountain – Valid for BIG TICKET which includes skiing at both Blackjack and Indianhead Mountain Resorts! Blackout dates apply.

Boyne Mountain Resort – Valid all season with no blackout dates!

Crystal Mountain – Valid with purchase of adult open-close ticket. Cannot be used with Shell voucher. Blackout dates apply.

Mt. Brighton – Season pass does not count as paid adult ticket. Blackout dates apply.