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The Best Ski Movies

Updated October 1, 2019 1.5k votes 731 voters 129.4k views15 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • Hot Dog…The Movie1
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    ActorsShannon Tweed, David Naughton, James Saito, Tracy Smith, John Patrick Reger

    Released1984

    Released: 1984
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  • Better Off Dead2
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    Better Off Dead

    Savage Steve Holland

    ActorsJohn Cusack, E.G. Daily, David Ogden Stiers, Curtis Armstrong, Diane Franklin

    Released1985

    Released: 1985
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  • Aspen Extreme3
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    Aspen Extreme

    Patrick Hasburgh

    ActorsTeri Polo, Peter Berg, Finola Hughes, Martin Kemp, Paul Gross

    Released1993

    Released: 1993
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    Ski School

    Damian Lee

    ActorsAva Fabian, Dean Cameron, Patrick Labyorteaux, John Pyper-Ferguson, Charlie Spradling

    Released1991

    Released: 1991
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  • Hot Tub Time Machine5
    109
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    ActorsChevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan, John Cusack, Diora Baird

    Released2010

    Released: 2010
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    Ski Patrol

    Rich Correll

    ActorsGeorge Lopez, Martin Mull, Leslie Jordan, Paul Feig, Ray Walston

    Released1990

    Released: 1990
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    Out Cold

    Emmett Malloy, Brendan Malloy

    ActorsA. J. Cook, Victoria Silvstedt, Zach Galifianakis, Jack Johnson, Lee Majors

    Released2001

    Released: 2001
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    Downhill Racer

    Michael Ritchie

    ActorsRobert Redford, Gene Hackman, Dabney Coleman, Jim McMullan, Karl Michael Vogler

    Released1969

    Released: 1969
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    Force Majeure

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    33
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    ActorsRoger Moore, Barbara Bach, Caroline Munro, Richard Kiel, Valerie Leon

    Released1977

    Released: 1977
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    Marni Banack

    ActorsAnna Faris, Milo Ventimiglia, Maggie Lawson, George Lazenby, Eddie Kaye Thomas

    Released2003

    Released: 2002
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    18
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    Chalet Girl

    Phil Traill

    ActorsBrooke Shields, Sophia Bush, Felicity Jones, Bill Nighy, Ed Westwick

    Released2011

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    9
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    Ski School 2

    David Mitchell

    ActorsWill Sasso, Wendy Hamilton, Dean Cameron, Campbell Lane, Bil Dwyer

    Released1994

    Released: 1995
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    Ski Party

    Alan Rafkin

    ActorsJames Brown, Annette Funicello, Yvonne Craig, Frankie Avalon, Robert Q. Lewis

    Released1965

    Released: 1965
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    Frostbite

    Jonathan Schwartz

    ActorsTraci Lords, Peter Jason, Phil Morris, Rick Overton, Suzanne Stokes

    Released2005

    Released: 2005
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