Best Ski Movies

Posted by Kelly on January 8, 2011

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Once it gets cold, thoughts of blue skies and fresh powder are always on my mind. But to really get in the mood for snowsports, there’s nothing my family likes more than a big bowl of popcorn, hot mugs of cocoa, a roaring fire and a classic ski or snowboard flick.

Any of the Warren Miller films would be a good choice, but to be honest, I like others better. Here are some of my favorites  – prefect for getting you (and  the kids) geared up for your next family ski trip. These movies are also ideal after a hard day on the mountain too:

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1. The Art of Skiing, G (1941): “Goofy, staying at the Sugar Bowl resort, demonstrates the basics of downhill skiing, which the announcer insists is pronounced “SHEEing”. The equipment is, of course, of the era. As you can imagine, Goofy has much trouble keeping his skis parallel and pointing downhill. The final ski jump conveniently lands Goofy right back in bed, ” reports Jon Reeves for

2. Aspen Extreme, PG-13 (1993): T.J. and his friend Dexter quit their jobs in Detroit to become ski  instructors in Aspen. While T.J. advances to the most popular instructor of the school during the season, he has to take care for Dexter, who considers supplementing his income as a drug courier. Meanwhile the rich business woman Brice supports T.J. as he tries to write and invites him to live in her house. But in her absence he falls in love with the stunningly beautiful blond radio moderator Robin, explains  Tom Zoerner for

3. Better Off Dead, PG (1985): Lane Meyer is a depressed teen who looses his girlfriend Beth. She tells him,  “Lane, I think it’d be in my best interest if I dated somebody more popular. Better looking with a nicer car.” Poor Lane starts thinking of ways to kill himself.  He finally meets a French beauty named  Monique and falls for her at the same time he has to prepare for the skiing race of his life, according to  Michael Feller for

4. Downhill Racer, PG (1969): David Chappellet is a mean-spirited skier, who profits from another skier’s injury to gain a spot on the American Olympic team. His roommate sums up his goals when he suggests David really doesn’t care about the team and never will.  Meanwhile, David begins a short-lived relationship with Carole Stahl, a glamorous European woman even more capricious than himself. Chappellet’s troubles are exacerbated by his celebrity. t

5. Dumb and Dumber, PG-13 (1994): Harry and Lloyd are two losers who try to return a suitcase full of money. Ultimately, after a series of misadventures they arrive in snowy Aspen and try to find the suitcase’s pretty owner.

6. Out Cold, PG-13 (2001): Bull Mountain, Alaska, is a no-frills ski resort, staffed by a group of  partying snowboarders,  The late founder, Papa Muntz, was famed for skiing with his backside exposed--memorialized by a statue. But his son, Ted, plans to sell the resort to  ski mogul John Majors, who plans to turn the place into a hip resort. The staff literally would be out in the cold except for Rick, the most serious of the group. Of course there is a complication: Rick met Majors’ stepdaughter Anna on vacation in Mexico, and has never gotten over her, though she’s about to get married.

7. Ski Party, PG (1965): On a college ski weekend, Todd and Craig pretend to be Jane and Nora, a pair of English girls in the hope that this will help them meet girls and  learn to ski. Along the way, Lesley Gore sings “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows,” and James Brown and the Fabulous Flames sing “I Feel Good” at the ski lodge.

8. Ski Patrol, PG (1990): The Snowy Peaks ski patrol is one diverse crew.  Jerry, the senior member loves skiing and  Ellen, a ski school instructor. Iceman sings and does impressions while Eddie is a  demolition and explosives expert. Stanley has failed to make the patrol seven years in a row. Tiana, a foreign exchange patroller, likes Stanley. At the same time they are trying to keep everyone safe on the mountain, they are struggling to keep the lodge out of the hands of a greedy developer.

9. The Spy Who Loved Me, PG (1977): James Bond’s mission is to find out how a Royal Navy Polaris submarine holding sixteen nuclear warheads has disappeared. He joins Major Anya Amasova to take on Karl Stromberg, as well as his henchman Jaw, who has a mouth of  metal teeth. Bond must track down the locations of the missing submarine before the warheads are fired..

And for after the kids are in bed:

Hot Dog, R (1984):  A naive skiing wunderkind picks up  a  beautiful hitchhiker on his way to ski competition. Expect lots of four-letter words,  ethnic stereotypes,  and skinny naked women with dated hairstyles.

Hot Tub Time Machine, R (2010): There“s Adam, whose girlfriend dumped him; Nick, with a dead-end job and a cheating wife; and Lou, a suicidal alcoholic. To help Lou recover from car-exhaust poisoning, Adam, Nick and Adam’s nephew Jacob, return to the winter resort where they once partied but has since become a dump.  Somehow, the hot tub takes the friends  back to a fateful night in 1986. Would they do things differently this time?  

Ski School, R (1990): Rival ski instructors at a prestigious mountain school compete to save their jobs.



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