Each year, Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) is offering free skiing via a “Cold is Cool” Passport to all 4th and 5th graders in Michigan.
Free Skiing Offer
Kids will be allowed up to 3 lift tickets or trail passes at each of 30 participating ski areas with their Cold is Cool passport.
Is It Really Free to Ski?
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It is not quite free. There is a $20 administrative fee for each passport. The child using the passport also needs to be accompanied by a paying adult (season pass does not qualify).
The passport also does not include the cost of renting or purchasing equipment. It does include coupons for both 20% off on a helmet and $20 off a $100 purchase of ski equipment at participating locations including Sun and Snow in Ann Arbor.
Where to Ski Free Near Ann Arbor
Participating locations near Ann Arbor include:
- Mt Brighton – 4141 Bauer Rd, Brighton
- Alpine Valley Ski Area – 6775 Highland Rd, White Lake
- Mt Holly – 13536 Dixie Hwy, Holly
- Pine Knob – 7778 Sashawbaw Rd, Clarkston
All of the locations in southeast Michigan offer only Downhill skiing. Note, Mt Brighton offers coupons for 3 trips, the others offer 2.
If you want to try cross country skiing, check out Rolling Hills County Park they offer inexpensive rental of cross country ski equipment when there is sufficient snow.
When to Ski Free Near Ann Arbor
The passport is good through April 30, or the end of the 2019/2020 ski season.
Mt Holly and Pine Knob accept the passport all season long with no blackout dates.
Mt Brighton and Alpine Valley Ski Area have blackouts over winter break (Dec 20-January 5), MLK Weekend (Jan 18-20), and President’s Day Weekend (Feb 15-17).