Free skiing for 4th graders

Published 6:58 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013

LANSING— Sen. John Proos on Wednesday reminded residents that fourth graders in Michigan 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).

“This generous offer is about helping keep our children healthy and fostering a new outdoor interest,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage Southwest Michigan families to take advantage of this proactive program. Let’s get children excited about Michigan’s great outdoors.”

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

“The website can be a great resource, even if you are not participating in the fourth grade skiing program,” Proos said. “It features links to valuable information on other money-saving programs, ski equipment and Michigan lodging. One key link offers updated information for residents on ski and snow conditions to Michigan resorts, as well as details on amenities.”

For more information on the passport program, visit the MSIA website or call the organization at 1-248-620-4448.