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What movie first got you excited about skiing?

post #1 of 28
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For me it was Hotdog. Being a young kid in upstate NY, it opened my eyes to a whole different world that was out there. Growing up in a small town, we had never seen that kind of stuff (skiing) before and of course we all thought it was really cool.

Aww, the hell with it, it was the cute chicks that we really liked. We thought that if you went out west the mountain was just covered with bikini wearing models prancing around.
post #2 of 28
Sun Valley Serenade.
No, not really, but it's a lovely tribute to the world's first chairlift (and a largely forgettable storyline, if I'm not mistaken).
post #3 of 28
Aahhh....none. I got excited about skiing long before I ever saw a movie about it. My parents got me excited about skiing.
post #4 of 28
I was definately a ski junkie before any movie really stood out to me. But later on the movie that definately influenced my entire life direction was "Blizzard of Aahhh's"
post #5 of 28
THere were a bunch of movies that got me excited but the one that really sticks is Maltese Flamigo.
post #6 of 28
Yeah - Maltese Flamingo was awesome to. Stumpy (Greg Stump) just had a way with blending music, great cinematography, with good cutting to achieve films that made those Warren Miller films that had seemed so cool previously - suddenly seem stone age!
post #7 of 28
Ski the outer limits and In search of the Mobius Flip!
post #8 of 28
Hot Dog. Pimple-faced teenager and a younger Shannon Tweed. Need I say more?
post #9 of 28
I'm afraid it was Downhill Racer with Robert Redford. I'm also afraid that dates me. :
post #10 of 28
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
post #11 of 28
Better Off Dead! I guess that dates me too.

"Here's what you do. You point your skis down the hill. When something gets in your way, you turn."
post #12 of 28
In high school, my buddies and I used to watch Hotdog over and over again, just for the skiing of course. During college my life was changed by Blizzard of Ahhh's. But I think that the movie that got me most excited about skiing was State of Mind. I was so glad to see change was a comin'.
post #13 of 28
Snow Job starring Jean Claude Killy and the French Alps (late '70s). The Warren Miller movies always inspired me to take ski trips and dream of a heli-ski trip. I too enjoyed the Maltese Flamingo.
post #14 of 28
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by powderhound:
For me it was Hotdog. Being a young kid in upstate NY, it opened my eyes to a whole different world that was out there. Growing up in a small town, we had never seen that kind of stuff (skiing) before and of course we all thought it was really cool.

Aww, the hell with it, it was the cute chicks that we really liked. We thought that if you went out west the mountain was just covered with bikini wearing models prancing around.
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Aspen Extreme!

Aww, the hell with it, it was the cute ski instructors I liked. I thought if I went out west the mountain was covered with hottie instructors wearing stretch pants! [img]tongue.gif[/img] [img]redface.gif[/img]
post #15 of 28
For me it was the footage that a buddy of mine shot when he was working at Lake Liouse. Went out there and cooked for a season and skied, skied and skied....This was around '92. Pro moive....Freeriders
post #16 of 28
Great mid 1980's movie filmed in NZ called The Leading Edge, starring Mathurin Molgat and Bruce Grant (a kiwi ex-Olympian who died about 5 years ago on Everest). During filming Bruce got caught in an avo and broke his leg, so they wrote it into the film and had awesome footage of him in the avo. Inspirational movie which culminated in the main guys completing the Coast to Coast (a race in NZ that will be familiar to any endurance/triathleete/adventure race types out there).

And more recently The Blizzard of Aaaahs. Fantsatic...redefining.
post #17 of 28
Ahh yes, The Leading Edge was a great film and a good sound track too.

The guy that died was Rob Hall I think, there were 3 or four expeditions on the mountain at the time and they all suffered casualties due to an exceptionally bad storm.
post #18 of 28
I hate to correct you, but Bruce Grant died in the same storm I believe. But if it wasn't on Everest it was K2. Bottom line, he died on a big mountain somewhere in a bad storm.
post #19 of 28
Just in case anyone is interested, and sorry to get off the subject:

Bruce Grant was born and raised in the Queenstown Lakes District and became one of New Zealand's great athletes and mountaineers.

He died while descending from the summit of K2 in Pakistan in an ill fated expedition which claimed six other lives.

Among the many achievements of this remarkable man are the following:

- represented New Zealand at two Winter Olympics as a skier
- was awarded a silver medal for bravery from the Humane Society for a June 1992 rescue of an injured tramper on the Routeburn track
- recognised as at the forefront of technical ice climbing
- climbed Mount Cook six times by some of the most difficult routes
- among the first parapenters to fly off Mount Cook
- flew from Mt. Cook another three times
- twice skied from the summit of Mt. Cook, both times taking routes described as 'extremely tricky'
- first person to climb and fly off Mount Earnslaw (2865m) from the West face, then climbed the mountain again and flew off the East face 'in the same day'
- climbed and flew from Mt. Tutoko, Mt. Aspiring, Mt. Tasman and many others
- involved with fellow mountaineer Kim Logan in rescuing seven climbers trapped on Mt. Earnslaw
- first New Zealander to climb K2 without oxygen
- starred in full feature movie 'The Leading Edge'
- featured in documentary on the centenary ascent of Mt. Cook

What a champion. He certainly lived!
post #20 of 28
i've always been into skiing, but until i seen this year's pbp video, Propoganda, I can finally say that I see skiing going in the direction I want it to go, and i'm happy to be a part of it, however little or big a part that may be.
post #21 of 28
I hate to be this way... but Aspen Extreme sucked. (Yet when it's on I can't help but watch!) Maltese falmingo was definitely the one!!! Aguerre, Hattrup, Plake, Stump (Geoff), Weiland, Kennet, Zudnik, etc. got the ol' teen-age juices flowin'!! (No, not THOSE juices!)

Maltese was the movie that got me going and way into skiing. I couldn't get enough. A year later THE BLIZZARD OF AAAAHS came out and got me hook, line, sinker, pole, boat, motor, trailer, and SUV. Stumpy ruled in the 80's.

Great Soundtrack as well!
Spag :
post #22 of 28
Spag, you do realize I was joking about Aspen Extreme, right?
post #23 of 28
Looking at the quality of that piece of crap, you would have HAD to be joking... and yes LM, I was with you all the way! :
post #24 of 28
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Notorious Spag:
Maltese falmingo was definitely the one!!! Aguerre, Hattrup, Plake, Stump (Geoff), Weiland, Kennet, Zudnik, etc. got the ol' teen-age juices flowin'!! (No, not THOSE juices!)

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I thought the first Stump movie with Plake was Blizzard of Aaahs.. I think that was his first with Schmidt as well.

Blizzard of Aaahs and Licence to Thrill are without a doubt my favorites, but the early 80s Warren Miller flicks were fun too. Was it Steep and Deep that had Schmidt's world record cliff jump (long since broken I'm sure..)? I remember watching him fall... and fall... and fall... I think that was the start of the "extreme skiing" that pervaded the 80s and early 90s.

I haven't seen many of the later 90s flicks.. As much as I think Plake is a great skier, he also seems to have been the first of a long line of generally unlikeable ski stars, who prefer machismo to understated skill. I'll take Schmidt, Hattrup, and the Mahres over today's hotdogs.

BTW, The North Face released a few movies (Skiing Extreme I, II, III) that had some great skiing, though the choreography was really bad. Not sure if they're still churning those out.

Sam
post #25 of 28
Back in the day we used to go to John Jay ski movies. He would produce a 16mm film every year and the travel around to various ski clubs, schools, resorts, etc and personally narrate his shows. I know he was based in Williamstown, MA and don't know if he was just a New England thing or wider ranging, I'm sure he is long since retired, but we used to get so amped after one of his shows it was torture to wait til the first snow.
post #26 of 28
Humm..

Started when I was 3yrs old and has been in love with skiing since.
post #27 of 28
Schmeul. Nope. Plake made his debut in Maltese Flamingo. Pink mohawk, spitting in the camera lens and swinging a 5-foot length of tow-chain while sitting on the hood of Stumpy's car. (travelling at about 40mph)Check it out! It's a total cheese-fest, but it was right up my alley and Plake was "Rad".
post #28 of 28
how about "ride" and "ski movie" for all of us new people? (8 years)
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