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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.


  • Hot Dog…The Movie1

    ActorsShannon Tweed, David Naughton, James Saito, Tracy Smith, John Patrick Reger


    Released: 1984
    Hot Dog…The Movie is a comedy ski film released in January 1984. The film went on to gross... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Better Off Dead2

    Better Off Dead

    Savage Steve Holland

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


    Released: 1985
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  • Aspen Extreme3

    Aspen Extreme

    Patrick Hasburgh

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


    Released: 1993
    Aspen Extreme is a 1993 film about two ski buddies, TJ Burke and Dexter Rutecki, who move from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Ski School4

    Ski School

    Damian Lee

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


    Released: 1991
    Ski School is a 1991 comedy film about a fictional ski school starring Dean Cameron. A sequel,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Hot Tub Time Machine5

    ActorsChevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan, John Cusack, Diora Baird


    Released: 2010
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  • Ski Patrol6

    Ski Patrol

    Rich Correll

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


    Released: 1990
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  • Out Cold7

    Out Cold

    Emmett Malloy, Brendan Malloy

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


    Released: 2001
    Out Cold is a 2001 American comedy film about a group of snowboarders in Alaska. It is the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Downhill Racer8

    Downhill Racer

    Michael Ritchie

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


    Released: 1969
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  • Force Majeure9

    Force Majeure

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  • The Spy Who Loved Me10

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


    Released: 1977
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  • Winter Break11

    Winter Break

    Marni Banack

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


    Released: 2002
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  • Chalet Girl12

    Chalet Girl

    Phil Traill

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


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  • Ski School 213

    Ski School 2

    David Mitchell

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


    Released: 1995
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  • Ski Party14

    Ski Party

    Alan Rafkin

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


    Released: 1965
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  • Frostbite15


    Jonathan Schwartz

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


    Released: 2005
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