The Best Ski Movies 

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Updated October 1, 2019 1.7k votes 705 voters 126.6k views 15 items

List Rules Only Movies that feature skiing as a plot point.


The 1980s were the heyday of movies set on snowy mountains, with characters in brightly colored windbreakers and goggles usually spending their formative years slacking off while teaching rich families how to shred. This is a list of the greatest ski movies of all time, including the funniest snow movies, the best ski movies, and even new ski and snowboard movies hitting theaters today. These are films with stories that feature skiing as a central theme. If you believe we've left a top ski movie off of this list, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. Skiing has been popular for millennia, but surprisingly ski movies didn't reach their golden age until the '80s. Ski films were so popular during this era, that 30 years later they're now even parodied. The best ski movies were so good that they can never be replicated now.

What are the best ski movies ever? This list includes all genres of ski movies (although virtually all of them are comedies). Also, keep in mind that this list focuses on snow skiing instead of water skiing. If you love hitting the mountains on skis then these are the movies for you. Pick your favorite movies about skiing and vote for them so they rise to the top! Share this skiing movies list with your friends to compare your tastes.


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Savage Steve Holland

Actors: John Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers, Curtis Armstrong, Diane Franklin, + more

Released: 1985

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Peter Markle

Actors: Shannon Tweed, David Naughton, James Saito, Tracy Smith, John Patrick Reger, + more

Released: 1984

Released: 1984 Hot Dog…The Movie is a comedy ski film released in January 1984. The film went on to gross over $17 million and became one of the iconic comedies of the 1980s.

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Actors: Ava Fabian, Dean Cameron, Patrick Labyorteaux, John Pyper-Ferguson, Charlie Spradling, + more

Released: 1991

Released: 1991 Ski School is a 1991 comedy film about a fictional ski school starring Dean Cameron. A sequel, Ski School 2, followed in 1994, also starring Cameron.

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Patrick Hasburgh

Actors: Teri Polo, Peter Berg, Finola Hughes, Martin Kemp, Paul Gross, + more

Released: 1993

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Steve Pink

Actors: Chevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan, John Cusack, Diora Baird, + more

Released: 2010

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Ski Patrol Rich Correll

Actors: George Lopez, Martin Mull, Leslie Jordan, Paul Feig, Ray Walston, + more

Released: 1990

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Emmett Malloy, Brendan Malloy

Actors: A. J. Cook, Victoria Silvstedt, Zach Galifianakis, Jack Johnson, Lee Majors, + more

Released: 2001

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Michael Ritchie

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Released: 1969

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Lewis Gilbert

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Released: 1977

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Released: 2003

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Released: 2011

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Actors: Will Sasso, Wendy Hamilton, Dean Cameron, Campbell Lane, Bil Dwyer, + more

Released: 1994

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Alan Rafkin

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Released: 1965

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Jonathan Schwartz

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Released: 2005

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