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John Proos: ‘Cold is Cool’ program offers free skiing for state’s fourth-graders

Published 9:49am Thursday, January 3, 2013

By State Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph

Southwest Michigan fourth-graders have the opportunity to get three free lift tickets to 20 participating Michigan ski areas under a program created by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA).

Michigan winters too often result in kids staying indoors, watching television.

The initiative is about helping keep our children healthy by getting them off the couch and having fun in Michigan’s great outdoors. It is a great chance to introduce young kids to new experiences and activities or help foster a lifetime enjoyment of Michigan winters.

I encourage Southwest Michigan families to take advantage of this generous offer – even if it is just a time to bond with family and friends.

The “Cold is Cool” Fourth Grade Ski & Ride Passport is one of the elements of MSIA’s “Cold is Cool” program, which is dedicated to improving the health of the children in the state by offering winter outdoor activities for all Michigan kids and their families.

In order for fourth- graders to use the free lift or trail pass coupons, a paying adult must accompany them. Up to two fourth-graders can ski free with each paying adult.

Although the skiing is free, MSIA charges a $15 printing and shipping fee for each passport ordered.

Applications for the Fourth Grade Passport have been sent to all Michigan elementary schools.

Parents and kids can also pick up the applications at participating MSIA ski shops or by visiting the group’s website at

Families will also find valuable links on the website to information on other money saving programs, ski equipment and Michigan lodging. One especially useful link offers updated information for residents on ski and snow conditions to Michigan resorts, as well as details on amenities.

This is a Michigan program that can help keep our kids healthy, save money for parents and highlight our state’s wonderful ski resorts. Even if you are unable to participate in the program, I encourage you to consider getting out and enjoying Michigan skiing. And the MSIA website is an excellent resourse to help you plan your trip.

Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, represents the 21st District, which includes Berrien and Cass counties and most of Van Buren County.

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