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Free ski passes available to Michigan children
Free ski passes available to Michigan children

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Dozens of Michigan ski areas are offering a freebie to get fourth grade students off the couch and on the slopes this winter season.

 Michigan children in fourth grade can get three free lift tickets to 20 participating ski areas under the “Cold is Cool” program created by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.

 “This generous offer is about helping keep our children healthy and fostering a new outdoor interest,” said Sen. John 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 program, which is dedicated to improving the health of Michigan children by offering winter outdoor activities for them and their families.  The Cannonsburg Ski Area and Mulligan’s Hollow in Grand Haven are both participating in the program.  For a list of restricted dates, click here.

Fourth grade students must have a paying adult with them in order to get the free lift or trail pass coupons.  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.

 For an application for the skiing passports, visit participating MSIA ski shops or the group’s website.