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The best ski movies to watch this winter

Enjoy winter sports indoors with these top ski films

Man skiing downhill a mountain
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While many justifiably associate skiing with the winter, dedicated skiers know that you can do it year-round if you have the means to travel. When you don’t have those means, though, there are plenty of great ways to enjoy a ski adventure from the comfort of your couch. Whatever kind of skiing you most enjoy doing or watching, there is a ski film out there that’ll tickle your fancy. Over the years, there have been a few that mixed comedy with the occasional top-to-bottom race. Others take a much more serious look at the sport. Whatever you’re looking for, burn some skis, praise Ullr, and give Chione a kiss, and then settle in to watch one of these great skiing movies.

The Blizzard of AAHHH's (1988)

The Blizzard of AAHHH's
8/10
75m
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Scot Schmidt, Mike Hattrup, Glen Plake
Directed by
Greg Stump
Watch on Amazon
This Greg Stump movie is one of the most critically acclaimed sports documentaries of all time. With great cinematography and attention to detail, with personal interviews and a dedication to the sport, The Blizzard of Aahhh’s is a must for ski movie fans. Many people claim the movie was influential in showing skiing to a newfound audience. The unique 1980s vibes and music cemented the documentary as much more than just a ski film; The Blizzard of Aahhh’s feels like a slice-of-life movie that absorbs viewers into a different time period and entertains new fans of the sport every year.

Aspen Extreme (1993)

Aspen Extreme
32%
6/10
pg-13
113m
Genre
Adventure
Stars
Paul Gross, Peter Berg, Finola Hughes
Directed by
Patrick Hasburgh
Watch on Amazon
In a little town called Aspen, the life of a ski instructor is the gold at the end of the rainbow for two young hotshots from Detroit. Aspen Extreme follows Dexter Rutecki and T.J. Burke as they quit their jobs, hop in the car, and descend upon Aspen as tryouts for the elite ski instructor slot begin. Naturally, both are great skiers, but T.J. has a bit more of the Playboy appearance and thus lands the job while Dexter is left to the bunny hill and little kids. Off the slopes, Dexter gets into some trouble with the other white powder while T.J. finds himself trapped in the middle of seduction from a cougar and true feelings for the local good girl. Aspen Extreme is a fun, sometimes dramatic look at all the drama that can come with being at a ski resort.

The Art of Flight (2011)

The Art of Flight
8.2/10
pg-13
80m
Genre
Adventure, Documentary
Stars
Travis Rice, Nicolas Muller, Mark Landvik
Directed by
Curt Morgan
Watch on Amazon
When you combine arguably the world’s best snowboarder and his friends with Planet Earth-type cinematography, you get something as genuinely mesmerizing as The Art of Flight. This movie is all about having a good time on the slopes, shredding Alaskan spines, and bonding with others who are just as obsessed with this sport as you are Perhaps it’s not the best idea to replicate any of the boarding seen in the film, but from the comfort of your couch, The Art of Flight is undoubtedly one of the best snowboard and ski movies ever made in terms of its sheer technique. You can also check out our guide to skiing vs. snowboarding if you’re questioning your winter sports loyalty.
The Art of FLIGHT | Official Trailer

McConkey (2013)

McConkey
68%
8.3/10
100m
Genre
Documentary, Adventure
Stars
Shane McConkey, Miles Daisher, Mike Douglas
Directed by
David Zieff, Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, Murray Wais, Steve Winter
Watch on Amazon
A tribute, documentary, and flat-out stellar ski movie, McConkey is the story of a skiing legend. Shane McConkey was a revolutionary known for his exile from Vail Mountain for taking the final run of a college bump competition naked. He was also a legend who skied lines that others deemed impossible and for possibly inventing the powder ski. McConky, who had good friend Saucer Boy constantly at his side with a bottle of Jack Daniels, was a force unto himself. This is a movie that explains why many people love skiing so much, and the passion of a man who sadly died too soon. That it was made by those who loved McConkey most only makes the story even sweeter.
Shane McConkey Documentary Trailer

All.I.Can. (2011)

All.I.Can.
7.9/10
116m
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Callum Pettit, Chris Rubens, Eric Hjorleifson
Directed by
Dave Mossop, Eric Crossland
Watch on Amazon
Pillows, steep lines, a whole lot of Canadian “eh,” big airs, and some of the best cinematography help set All.I.Can apart from the rest of the movies on this list. There is a segment in this movie where J.P Auclair has his own street course, flipping over cars, skirting along the sidewalk, and airing stairs just as if it were a Sunday afternoon stroll.. All.I.Can has a bit of a save the world, recognize what’s going on around you mentality that only adds to the quality of the skiing and the behind-the-lens shots. It’s a standout not just for the skiing, but also for the messages that bubble underneath all that beautiful cinematography.
All.I.Can Official Teaser 1 by Sherpas Cinema

Spirit of the Peaks (2021)

Spirit of the Peaks
40m
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Connor Ryan, Lorelai Cloud, Teal Lehto
Watch on Youtube
Spirit of the Peaks follows Hunkpapa Lakota skier Connor Ryan as he reflects on how his identity as an indigenous person and a skier impacts the way he views and interacts with the land. It’s a moving portrait of the natural world, and one that only feels more relevant as the land that Connor loves continues to be destroyed and transformed.
Spirit of the Peaks Trailer | Lakota skier balances athletic passion and cultural obligation

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