Skiing and snowboarding on film and video
Skiing is a recreational activity using skis as equipment for traveling over snow. Skis are used in conjunction with boots that connect to the ski with use of a binding....

 has been recorded on film since at least the 1910s, but did not work its way into Hollywood features until the 1930s, when it began to be popular as a leisure activity in the United States. Snowboarding
Snowboarding is a sport that involves descending a slope that is covered with snow on a snowboard attached to a rider's feet using a special boot set onto mounted binding. The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfing and skiing. It was developed in the U.S.A...

's entry onto the screen paralleled its rise to popularity in the late 1980s and early '90s.

Beginning with Warren Miller
Warren Miller (director)
Warren Miller is an American ski and snowboarding filmmaker. He is the founder of Warren Miller Entertainment and produced, directed and narrated his films until 1988. His credits include over 750 sports films, several books and hundreds of published non-fiction stories...

's self-financed film Deep and Light in the 1949, there emerged a tradition of documentary films about skiing, skiers, and the ski lifestyle, shot in various locations around the world and featuring the best skiers of the day. Though not distributed through normal film channels, these movies have long been screened in ski town theaters and bars and, more recently, distributed on video and DVD.

Skiing and snowboarding in mainstream films

The following is an attempt at a comprehensive list of films about skiing and snowboarding, or featuring skiing or snowboarding scenes.


  • Dusty Ermine (1936)
  • Ski Patrol (1940)
  • Ski Troop Attack (1960)
  • The Heroes of Telemark
    The Heroes of Telemark
    The Heroes of Telemark is a 1965 war film directed by Anthony Mann based on the true story of the Norwegian heavy water sabotage during World War II...

  • Footsteps in the Snow (1966)
  • The Double Man
    The Double Man
    The Double Man is a book of poems by W. H. Auden, published in 1941. The title of the UK edition, published later the same year was New Year Letter....

  • The Devil's Brigade
    The Devil's Brigade (film)
    The Devil's Brigade is a 1968 American war film based on the 1966 book of the same name co-written by American novelist and historian Robert H. Adleman and Col...

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service (film)
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. Following the decision of Sean Connery to retire from the role after You Only Live Twice, Eon Productions selected an unknown actor and model, George Lazenby...

  • Snow Job
    Snow Job
    Snow Job was a Canadian television sitcom airing on the CTV network. The series, which ran from 1983 to 1985, was set in a ski lodge in the Laurentian mountains in Quebec...

  • Runaway!
    Runaway! (1973 film)
    Runaway! is a 1973 film made for ABC television directed by David Lowell Rich. It is an action thriller involving skiers trapped on a runaway train speeding down a mountain.- Cast :* Ben Johnson - Holly Gibson* Ben Murphy - Les Reever...

  • The Ultimate Thrill
    The Ultimate Thrill
    The Ultimate Thrill is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Robert Butler and starring Barry Brown, Britt Ekland and Eric Braeden. It was also released under the title Ultimate Chase.-Cast:* Barry Brown - Joe* Britt Ekland - Michele...

  • The Spy Who Loved Me
    The Spy Who Loved Me (film)
    The Spy Who Loved Me is a spy film, the tenth film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and the screenplay was written by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum...

  • For Your Eyes Only
    For Your Eyes Only (film)
    For Your Eyes Only is the twelfth spy film in the James Bond series and the fifth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It marked the directorial debut of John Glen, who had worked as editor and second unit director in three other Bond films. The screenplay by Richard Maibaum...

  • The Soldier (1982)
  • A View to a Kill
    A View to a Kill
    A View to a Kill is the fourteenth spy film of the James Bond series, and the seventh and last to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Although the title is adapted from Ian Fleming's short story "From a View to a Kill", the film is the fourth Bond film after The Spy Who Loved...

  • Jing cha gu shi IV: Jian dan ren wu (aka Police Story 4: First Strike
    Police Story 4: First Strike
    Police Story 4: First Strike , , is a 1996 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film made in the typical humorous style of Jackie Chan....

    or Jackie Chan's First Strike) (1995)
  • Hamilton
    Hamilton (film)
    Hamilton is a 1998 Swedish action film directed by Harald Zwart, starring Peter Stormare, Mark Hamill and Lena Olin. The film was edited with additional scenes into a 6 hour long TV-series in 2001...

  • The World Is Not Enough
    The World Is Not Enough
    The World Is Not Enough is the nineteenth spy film in the James Bond film series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film was directed by Michael Apted, with the original story and screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein. It...

  • Extreme Ops
    Extreme Ops
    Extreme Ops is a 2002 action thriller film directed by Christian Duguay, written by Michael Zaidan, Timothy Scott Bogart, and Mark Mullin, and starring Devon Sawa, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Rupert Graves, and Rufus Sewell.-Premise:...

  • xXx
    XXX may refer to:* The number 30 in Roman numerals* The year 30 AD* Games of the XXX Olympiad, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England* Super Bowl XXX, held on January 28, 1996* A mark indicating "extra strong"* Alcoholic beverages...

  • Deep Shock
    Deep Shock
    Deep Shock is an American film which premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel on 2003. Its plot concerns an unknown underwater object that disables an American nuclear-powered submarine and attacks a submerged Arctic research complex. It was directed by Phillip J. Roth...

  • Taxi 3
    Taxi 3
    Taxi 3 is a 2003 French comedy film directed by Gérard Krawczyk. It is the sequel to Taxi 2.-Plot:A group of thieves calling themselves the Santa Claus gang are wreaking havoc, and the Marseille police are, as usual, unable to keep up. Superintendent Gibert is distracted by a Chinese journalist ...

  • Inception
    Inception: The Subconscious Jams 1994-1995 is a compilation of unreleased tracks by the band Download.-Track listing:# "Primitive Tekno Jam" – 3:23# "Bee Sting Sickness" – 8:04# "Weed Acid Techno" – 8:19...



  • Der Große Sprung (aka The Big Jump or The Great Leap) (1927)
  • Schlitz on Mount Washington (1935)
  • Thin Ice
    Thin Ice (1937 film)
    Thin Ice is a United States comedy/romance film directed by Sidney Lanfield starring Tyrone Power and figure skater Sonja Henie.-Plot:...

  • Paradise for Three (1938)
  • Dollar (1938)
  • Sun Valley Serenade
    Sun Valley Serenade
    Sun Valley Serenade is a 1941 musical film starring Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller, Milton Berle, and Lynn Bari. It features The Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as dancing by The Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge, performing "Chattanooga Choo Choo", which was nominated for an Academy...

  • Two-Faced Woman
    Two-Faced Woman
    Two-Faced Woman is a romantic comedy made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film stars Greta Garbo, in her final film role, and Melvyn Douglas, with Constance Bennett, Roland Young and Ruth Gordon...

  • Hit the Ice
    Hit the Ice (film)
    Hit the Ice is a 1943 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello and directed by Charles Lamont, who took over after the original director, Erle C. Kenton, was fired.-Plot:...

  • Les Amours de Blanche Neige (1947)
  • The Pink Panther
    The Pink Panther (1963 film)
    The Pink Panther is a 1963 American comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Capucine, and Claudia Cardinale...

  • Help!
    Help! (film)
    Help! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring The Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John Bluthal, Roy Kinnear and Patrick Cargill. Help! was the second feature film made by the Beatles and is a...

  • Winter A-Go-Go (1965)
  • Ski Fever (1966)
  • Après-ski (aka Snowballin) (1971)
  • Snowball Express (1972)
  • Beim Jodeln juckt die Lederhose (aka There's No Sex Like Snow Sex) (1974)
  • Sunnyboy und Sugarbaby (1979)
  • Les Bronzés font du ski (1979)
  • The Four Seasons
    The Four Seasons (film)
    The Four Seasons is a 1981 romantic comedy film starring Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Len Cariou, Sandy Dennis, Rita Moreno, Jack Weston and Bess Armstrong.-Plot summary:...

  • Copper Mountain
    Copper Mountain (film)
    Copper Mountain is a 1983 comedy film about two friends who travel to a Colorado ski resort. One of them, played by Alan Thicke, looks to hit the slopes and the other, played by Jim Carrey, spends his time trying to pick up women. The film was written by Damian Lee and David Mitchell, who also...

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

  • Snowballing (1984)
  • Better Off Dead (1985)
  • Watashi o ski ni tsurete itte (aka Take Me Out to the Snowland) (1987)
  • Ski Patrol (1990)
  • Ski School (1991)
  • Dumb and Dumber (1994)
  • Ski Hard (aka Downhill Willie) (1995)
  • Ski School 2 (1995)
  • Snowboard Academy
    Snowboard Academy
    Snowboard Academy is a 1997 independent slapstick comedy film, starring Corey Haim, Jim Varney and Brigitte Nielsen.-Plot summary:A competition is held between two brothers on their father's ski slopes one is a skier the other a snowboarder...

  • Extreme Days
    Extreme Days
    Extreme Days is a 2001 Christian-based comedy romance film about four boys on a roadtrip that they have been planning their whole lives. Their dreams are to participate in many extreme sports, but they are stopped short due to many circumstances.-Plot:...

  • Out Cold
    Out Cold (2001 film)
    Out Cold is a 2001 American comedy film about a group of snowboarders in Alaska. It is the first feature film by the music video directing team The Malloys. The movie presents itself as something of a parody of 1980's "ski school" movies and makes a number of references to the film Casablanca...

  • The Ice Dream (2002)
  • Agent Cody Banks
    Agent Cody Banks
    Agent Cody Banks is an American action comedy film directed by Harald Zwart. Its story follows the adventures of the 15-year-old title character, played by Frankie Muniz, who has to finish his chores, avoid getting grounded, and save the world by going undercover for the CIA as a James Bond type...

  • Snow Job (aka Winter Break) (2003)
  • Peak Experience (aka Lost Lake) (2003)
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is a 1999 novel by Helen Fielding, a sequel to her popular Bridget Jones's Diary. It chronicles Bridget Jones's adventures after she begins to suspect that her boyfriend, Mark Darcy, is falling for a rich young solicitor who works in the same firm as him, a woman...

  • Extreme Dating (2004)
  • Snowfever (2004)
  • Water to Wine (2004)
  • Frostbite (2005)
  • Swamper (2005)
  • Shred (film)
    Shred (film)
    Shred is a snowboarding comedy film starring Tom Green that was filmed along with its sequel Shred 2 at Big White Ski Resort and Silver Star Mountain Resort, two ski resorts in British Columbia, Canada.-Plot:...

  • Shred 2
    Shred 2
    Revenge Of The Boarding School Dropouts is a snowboarding film and a sequel to Shred that stars Tom Green and was filmed at Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia, Canada.-Cast:*Kingsley Brown, a corporate snowboard rep - Tom Green...



  • Put Your Cares on Ice (1919)
  • Se Norge (1929)
  • 14 jours en France (aka Grenoble) (1968)
  • Die Große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (aka The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
    The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
    The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner is a 1974 documentary film by German filmmaker Werner Herzog. It is about celebrated ski-jumper Walter Steiner who works as a carpenter for his full-time occupation...

    ) (1974)
  • The Man Who Skied Down Everest
    The Man Who Skied Down Everest
    The Man Who Skied Down Everest is a documentary about Yuichiro Miura, a Japanese alpinist who skied down Mt. Everest in 1970. The film was produced by Canadian film maker Budge Crawley. Miura skied 6,600 feet in 2 minutes and 20 seconds and fell 1320 feet down the steep Lhotse face from the Yellow...

  • The Sword of the Lord (1976)
  • Different Slopes (1979)
  • Aspen (1991)
  • Ski Bums (2001)
  • Spirit of Snow (2002)
  • Bode Miller: Flying Downhill (2005)
  • First Descent
    First Descent
    First Descent is a 2005 documentary film about snowboarding and its beginning in the 1980s.The snowboarders featured in this movie represent three generations of snowboarders and the progress this young sport has made over the past two decades...

  • Trulli Love (2005)
  • Au: A Snowboarding Film (2005)
  • Snow Blind
    Snow Blind (film)
    Snow Blind is a 2006 documentary film about the history, culture, and lifestyle of snowboarding. Shot over the season of 2004-2005, the film covers the origins of snowboarding, the evolution of it into an Olympic sport and the passionate participants, thrill seekers and competitors.The film was...

  • The Pipe Dream (2006)
  • Thermos (2006)
  • Let It Ride: The Craig Kelly Story (2007)
  • That's It, That's All (2008)


  • Spellbound
    Spellbound (1945 film)
    Spellbound is a psychological mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1945. It tells the story of the new head of a mental asylum who turns out not to be what he claims. The film stars Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov and Leo G. Carroll. It is an adaptation by Angus...

  • Winter Wonderland (1947)
  • Swiss Tour (Four Days Leave) (1950)
  • Snow Treasure (1968)
  • Downhill Racer
    Downhill Racer
    Downhill Racer is a 1969 film and the first to be directed by Michael Ritchie. A drama about ski racing, it stars Robert Redford and Gene Hackman.Tagline: How fast must a man go to get from where he's at?-Plot:...

  • The Ski Bum (1971)
  • The Other Side of the Mountain
    The Other Side of the Mountain
    The Other Side of the Mountain is a 1975 American film based on a true story of ski racing champion Jill Kinmont.In early 1955, Kinmont was the national champion in slalom and was a top U.S. prospect for a medal in the 1956 Winter Olympics, a year away...

  • Just a Little Inconvenience (1977)
  • The Other Side of the Mountain II (1978)
  • Swan Song (1980)
  • Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story (1985)
  • Striker's Mountain (1985)
  • True Colors
    True Colors (1991 film)
    True Colors is a film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Herbert Ross. The cast included John Cusack, James Spader and Richard Widmark in his final movie role.-Plot summary:...

  • Aspen Extreme
    Aspen Extreme
    Aspen Extreme is a 1993 film about two ski buddies, TJ Burke and Dexter Rutecki , who move from Brighton, Michigan to Aspen to seek a better life. The two friends quickly become Aspen ski instructors, but women, drugs, and job troubles threaten to destroy their relationship...

  • Winterschläfer (aka Wintersleepers
    Wintersleepers is a 1997 German film directed by Tom Tykwer. It was premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival.-Plot:The film is set in the deeply snowy alpine winter resort of Berchtesgaden in Bavaria; the story begins shortly after Christmas Day, with five people returning, not all of...

    ) (1997)
  • Friends & Lovers (1999)
  • Avalanche Alley
    Avalanche Alley
    Avalanche Alley is a 2001 live action Canadian television film starring Ed Marinaro, Nick Mancuso, Kirsten Robek and Wolf Larson....

  • Familie (2001)
  • Getting There
    Getting There
    Getting There is a 2002 direct-to-video movie starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.-Plot:The story revolves around twin sisters who, after turning 16, go on a road trip without their parents. Their destination is the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah...

  • Stolen Good (2002)
  • Crazy Canucks (2004)
  • Last Holiday
    Last Holiday
    Last Holiday is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Wayne Wang and starring Queen Latifah. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is an updated, gender-reversed adaptation of the 1950 film of the same name written by J. B. Priestley....

  • La Science des rêves (aka The Science of Sleep
    The Science of Sleep
    The Science of Sleep is a 2006 French film written and directed by Michel Gondry. The film stars Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, and Alain Chabat.-Plot:...

    ) (2006)
  • White Air (2006)
  • Switch (2007)


  • Snowbeast (1977)
  • Iced (1988)
  • Shredder (2003)
  • Ice Queen (2005)
  • Scarce (2008)
  • The Truth Below
    The Truth Below
    The Truth Below is a thriller teen television film. The film stars Gillian Zinser, Ricky Mabe, Reid Ewing and Nick Thurston.The film, which was developed by Glen Echo Entertainment and produced in Calgary, Alberta, by Nomadic Pictures, was directed by Scott Glosserman and written by Wendy Diane...


Ski films and videos

  • Der weiße Rausch (aka Ski Chase or '"The White Intoxication) (1931)
  • various Warren Miller
    Warren Miller (director)
    Warren Miller is an American ski and snowboarding filmmaker. He is the founder of Warren Miller Entertainment and produced, directed and narrated his films until 1988. His credits include over 750 sports films, several books and hundreds of published non-fiction stories...

     movies (1949 – present)
  • various Greg Stump
    Greg Stump
    Greg Stump is an American ski and snowboarding filmmaker.He came to international attention first as a skier in films made by Dick Barrymore, particularly his "Vagabond Skier" shot in New Zealand in 1979. In 1979 Greg Stump had also won the North American Freestyle Championships at Edelweiss Valley...

     movies (1985 – 1994)
  • various Steve Winter
    Steve Winter
    Steve Winter is a game designer who has worked on numerous products for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game from TSR and later Wizards of the Coast.-Early life:Steve Winter was born in Dubuque, Iowa on December 8, 1957...

     movies (1980s – present)
  • Feuer und Eis (aka Fire and Ice
    Fire and Ice (1986 film)
    Fire and Ice is a German feature length sports film directed by Willy Bogner in 1986.-Production and Team:...

    ) (1986)
  • Feuer, Eis & Dynamit (aka Fire, Ice & Dynamite) (1990)
  • various movies by Teton Gravity Research
    Teton Gravity Research
    Teton Gravity Research is an extreme sport production company based in Teton Village, Wyoming. They have been producing skiing, snowboarding and surfing films since 1996 and are best known for films like Tangerine Dream and Anomaly. The films focus on world-class athletes skiing, snowboarding,...

    , Matchstick Productions, Poor Boyz Productions
    Poor Boyz Productions
    Poor Boyz Productions is a skiing film production company. Since the 1990s, they have released a number of freeskiing as well as wind surfing films. Poor Boyz Productions sponsors and films freeskiers including Tanner Hall, Sammy Carlson, JP Auclair, Dane Tudor and the late C. R...

    , Rage Films, Eclipse Pictures, etc. (1990s – present)
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