Free skiing for 4th- and 5th-graders!

Michigan fourth- and fifth-graders have the opportunity to get three free lift tickets to 30 participating Michigan ski areas under a cool program.

The “Cold is Cool” Fourth & Fifth Grade Ski & Ride Passport initiative is about improving the health of the Michigan children and getting them excited about being active in Michigan’s winter wonderland.

It is a great chance to introduce young kids to new experiences and activities or help foster a new interest in the enjoyment of Michigan winters to last a lifetime.

For fourth- and fifth-graders to use the free lift or trail passes, a paying adult must accompany them. Up to two kids can ski free with each paying adult. Although the skiing is free, MSIA charges a $20 printing and shipping fee for each passport ordered.

The passport also includes additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops.

Residents can download an interactive application form at www.goskimichigan.com. Click on “Cold is Cool – 4th and 5th Graders Ski Free!”

The site also includes details on other money-saving programs, ski equipment and Michigan lodging. One link offers updated information on ski and snow conditions and amenities at Michigan resorts.

Get out and enjoy some Pure Michigan skiing!