Any time of the year is a good time to catch a movie about skiing. You can find a ski video to suit your taste, whether you prefer to slalom, slalom, or just lay it on, depending on your personal preferences. When it comes to top-to-bottom races, there have been some over time. To celebrate the legacy of Ullr and Chione, we need to burn some skis, thank them, and give them a kiss.
1. Aspen Extreme (1993)
When it comes to a career in the mountains, two young men from Detroit have found their calling as ski instructors. To prepare for the elite ski instructor trials, Dexter Rutecki and T.J. Burke abandon their jobs and drive to Aspen. T.J. gets the job because he has a more Playboy-like image, while Dexter is left to supervise the young ones on the bunny hill. Snowboarders Dexter and TJ find themselves in the center of a cougar’s seduction and the realisation that they have feelings for one another. There are few ski resort dramas as well-known as Aspen Extreme, with its combination of world-class skiing, mortality and drugs.
2. Blizzard of Aahhh’s (1988)
One of the finest ski movies of all time was created by Greg Stump in 1988. To put Chamonix and Squaw on the map for extreme skiing, Mike Hattrup, Glen Plake, and Scot Schmidt helped Blizzard of Aahhhs. Even today, it’s all about the ahhs because the terrain Plake and Schmidt were skiing on late-’80s technology is so ridiculous that it’s hard to believe. Rock ‘n’ roll, vivid colors, amazing skiing (then and now), and a gigantic mohawk are just some of the things you’ll find in this 1980s film. For more of this sort of thing, check out our picks for the best sports documentaries.
3. Ski School (1991)
Having a VHS with sex, drink, parties, and skiing all in one? This is the Ski School. Ski School’s spring fling pits a group of hooligans against a group of affluent ski instructors in a battle of good versus evil. There’s no shortage of beer and sexy women to go around when you have an 18-year-old at the helm of production. It’s not one of the best comedies, but if you’re a fan of skiing, it’s worth a look.
4. The Art of Flight (2011)
Combining the world’s finest snowboarder and his pals with Planet Earth-style cinematography may result in The Art of Flight. If you’re looking to have a good time and wreck Alaskan spines with your homies, this is the ride for you. The Art of Flight is unquestionably one of the best snowboard movies ever made in terms of technique and visual stimulation, even if you don’t plan on re-creating any of the boarding featured in the film. If you’re still undecided about which winter sport to pursue, consult our comparison of skiing vs. snowboarding.
5. Out Cold (2001)
Once again, we see a conflict between the villagers and the moneyed interests that are trying to take over. Zach Galifianakis and his cohorts come together to fight off the new owners of the local mountain as his closest friend gets swindled into joining management in what might be considered his breakout role. Victoria Silvstedt, possibly the best speech in the history of cinema, as well as occasional snowboarding, are all featured in a hot tub scene. You don’t have to pay attention to the movie to appreciate it, but your ears will perk up at a few of the jokes. After a few too many, Out Cold might come up with a brilliant plan for you and your companions.
6. McConkey (2013)
McConkey tells the story of a skiing icon as both a tribute and a documentary. Skiing lines that others thought were impossible, possibly getting credit for inventing the powder ski, and a good friend named Saucer Boy who was never far behind with a handle of Jack Daniels made Shane McConkey a revolutionary known. He was exiled from Vail Mountain for taking the final run of a college bump competition naked, for skiing lines that others considered impossible. This film honors the sport of skiing as well as the life and legacy of a man who was tragically taken from us far too soon, as told by those who knew and loved him best.
7. Hot Dog … The Movie (1984)
When you watch Hot Dog, you can expect to see ski ballet, broomball, bumps course, ski bunnies, and one hell of a Chinese downhill. There’s nothing quite like a hot dog to get the adrenaline pumping in the ski world, and this film contains plenty of those, along with the antics of ski towns and a showdown between the common man and the European WASPs. Hot Dog depicts the kind of lifestyle you’d want to lead if you were to relocate to a ski town.
8. All.I.Can (2011)
One thing that differentiates All.I.Can from the competition is the film’s use of large airs, steep lines, and a lot of the characteristically Canadian “uh.” When J.P Auclair has his own street course in the movie, flipping automobiles, skimming the pavement, and airstepping steps as if it were a Sunday stroll, your adrenaline will be pumping. You can only get better at skiing and taking photos when you’re pumped about saving the world and being aware of what’s happening around you. I think you should give All.I.Can some credit for being a standout in the band’s catalog.