Cold is Cool passports gets kids on the slopes

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association wants to give Michigan kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. They are allowing kids to ski free at over 25 hills across the state with the purchase of the Cold is Cool Passport.

Seven U.P. ski resorts are involved, including Marquette Mountain, Pine Mountain and Porcupine Mountain.

“It’s really a great way for fourth and fifth graders to get introduced to skiing and snowboarding with their families,” said Marquette Mountain General Manager Jesie Melchiori.

The passport also includes discounts at ski resorts and pro shops. It gives kids and families a chance to enjoy much of what the Upper Peninsula winter has to offer.

“Get them out from behind the video games and the cell phones and get them out on the slopes,” Melchiori said. “When a parent can use a coupon like this, it also makes it more cost-effective for the whole family to be able to go, so that’s an additional bonus.”

Passport order forms are available at participating ski hills and online. To learn more, or view the online application, Visit the MSIA Website.