Fourth graders in Michigan have the opportunity to obtain three free lift tickets to 20 participating Michigan ski areas under a program created by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.
“This initiative is about helping keep our children healthy, and I encourage Southwest Michigan families to take advantage of this generous offer.” said Sen. John Proos. “Michigan winters too often result in kids staying indoors, watching television. This initiative is about getting them off the couch and having fun in Michigan’s great outdoors.”
The Fourth Grade Ski and 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.
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, by visiting the group’s website or by calling the organization at (248) 620-4448.
“The website also has links to valuable information on other money-saving programs, ski equipment and Michigan lodging,” Proos said. “One key link offers updated information for residents on ski and snow conditions to Michigan resorts, as well as details on amenities.”