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The Best Ski Movies

Updated January 22, 2021 1.6k votes 739 voters 130.8k views36 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

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

    This film is a 1985 American teen romantic comedy film starring John Cusack and written and...  more
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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

    Aspen Extreme is a 1993 film about two ski buddies, TJ Burke and Dexter Rutecki, who move from...  more
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  • Ski School4
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    Ski School

    Damian Lee

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

    Released1991

    Ski School is a 1991 comedy film about a fictional ski school starring Dean Cameron. A sequel,...  more
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  • Ski Patrol5
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    Ski Patrol

    Rich Correll

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

    Released1990

    Ski Patrol is a 1990 comedy film directed by Richard Correll, and starring Roger Rose, Yvette...  more
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  • Hot Tub Time Machine6
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    ActorsChevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan, John Cusack, Diora Baird

    Released2010

    Hot Tub Time Machine is a 2010 American science fiction adventure comedy film directed by...  more
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  • Out Cold7
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    Out Cold

    Emmett Malloy, Brendan Malloy

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

    Released2001

    Out Cold is a 2001 American comedy film about a group of snowboarders in Alaska. It is the...  more
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  • Downhill Racer8
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    Downhill Racer

    Michael Ritchie

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

    Released1969

    Downhill Racer is a 1969 American drama film the directorial debut of Michael Ritchie and...  more
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  • The Spy Who Loved Me9
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    ActorsRoger Moore, Barbara Bach, Caroline Munro, Richard Kiel, Valerie Leon

    Released1977

    The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star...  more
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  • Winter Break10
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    Winter Break

    Marni Banack

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

    Released2003

    Matt (Milo Ventimiglia) has just graduated college. Time to join the work force and be an...  more
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    Chalet Girl

    Phil Traill

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

    Released2011

    Chalet Girl is a 2011 British romantic comedy film directed by Phil Traill. The film stars...  more
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    Ski School 2

    David Mitchell

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

    Released1994

    Dave has been enjoying life until he receives an ex-girlfriends wedding invitation. Even...  more
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  • Force Majeure13
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    Force Majeure

    Ruben Östlund

    ActorsKristofer Hivju, Johannes Kuhnke, Clara Wettergren, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Vincent Wettergren

    Released2014

    Force Majeure is a 2014 Swedish comedy-drama film directed by Ruben Östlund. It follows the...  more
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    Frozen

    Adam Green

    ActorsKevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, Kane Hodder, Emma Bell, Rileah Vanderbilt

    Released2010

    Frozen is a 2010 American thriller written and directed by Adam Green and starring Emma Bell,...  more
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  • Ski Party15
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    Ski Party

    Alan Rafkin

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

    Released1965

    Ski Party is a 1965 American comedy film directed by Alan Rafkin, and released by American...  more
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  • Fire and Ice16
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    Fire and Ice

    Willy Bogner, Jr.

    ActorsJohn Denver, Suzy Chaffee, John Eaves, Wolfgang Junginger, Philippe Bernard

    Released1986

    Fire and Ice is a German feature length sports film directed by Willy Bogner in 1986....  more
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  • Copper Mountain17
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    Copper Mountain

    David Mitchell

    ActorsJim Carrey, Alan Thicke, Jean-Claude Killy, Ziggy Lorenc, Rod Hebron

    Released1983

    Copper Mountain is a 1983 comedy film about two friends who travel to a Colorado ski resort....  more
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  • Extreme Ops18
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    Extreme Ops

    Christian Duguay

    ActorsBridgette Wilson, Devon Sawa, Rupert Graves, Jana Pallaske, Klaus Löwitsch

    Released2002

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  • First Descent19
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    First Descent

    Kemp Curly, Kevin Harrison

    ActorsHenry Rollins, Shaun White, Hannah Teter, Terje Håkonsen, Shawn Farmer

    Released2005

    First Descent is a 2005 documentary film about snowboarding and its beginning in the...  more
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    Frostbite

    Jonathan Schwartz

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

    Released2005

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  • The Man Who Skied Down Everest21
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    The Man Who Skied Down Everest

    Lawrence Schiller, Bruce Nyznik

    Released1975

    The Man Who Skied Down Everest is a documentary about Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese alpinist who...  more
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  • The Other Side of the Mountain22

    ActorsBeau Bridges, Dabney Coleman, Griffin Dunne, Hampton Fancher, Belinda Montgomery

    Released1975

    The Other Side of the Mountain is a 1975 American film based on a true story of ski racing...  more
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  • Downhill23
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    Downhill

    Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

    ActorsWill Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Miranda Otto

    Released2020

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  • Ski Troop Attack24
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    Ski Troop Attack

    Roger Corman

    ActorsRoger Corman, Michael Forest, Frank Wolff

    Released1960

    Ski Troop Attack is a 1960 American war film directed by Roger Corman. Filmgroup released the...  more
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  • The Other Side of the Mountain Part 225

    ActorsBeau Bridges, Dabney Coleman, Timothy Bottoms, Belinda Montgomery, Nan Martin

    Released1978

    The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 is a film directed by Larry Peerce released on Feb 10,...  more
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