Hot Thub Time Machine
Ski School (purely due to being partially shot on Mt Hood)
I gotta be a contrarian and go with Downhill Racer with Gene Hackman and Robert Redford. Good scenes of the Hahnenkamm and Lauberhorn. 15 years after the film Bill Johnson did what Chappellett (Redford) did in the movie. Then it was Tommy Moe and Bodie Miller. The crazy notion of a US athlete winning in the DH started with this movie.
I wouldlove ot watch some of the Barrymore films, I think they are a bit older than what most of us here have seen but he was certainly ground breaking. Blizz again isn't the best but it had the biggest impact. It was the USA coming out party for skiing to the rest of th world. kind of a jab at big mtn apline mountaineering skiing in europe.
you can only buy it in the 4 pack box of Stump movies. OR you can find a friend to burn you a copy- but that's illegal...
Maltese Flamingo made me the skier I am today.
I love the quirk-i-ness of Stump movies, combined with awesome music and great film/video.
Looking forward to Legend of Ahhhh's in a few weeks!
(and of course +1 for Better Off Dead... "I want my 2 dollars!" "Go that way really fast... if something gets in your way... turn"
How about the notion or racing WC Downhills on Besser bindings?
Last of the Ski Bums
Dick Barrymore's classic 1967 film follows ski bum Ron Funk and his buddies as they score the best snow
in the world, from the Alps to the inaugural season of Jackson Hole's tram.
I posted this clip in another thread recently, but for posterity I think it belongs here. Great skiing, great film,
and it's hard to watch this and not feel the bloodline flowing from Barrymore to Stump.
"Ski Bums" is available on DVD on Netflix, and looks to be part of a DVD set of classic ski films
for $21.49 available here.
Sweetgrass Productions latest venture, Solitaire, is pretty amazing.
It earned stellar points from me as it shows people skiing REAL conditions, not heli accessed blower powder blue bird days like most ski films (where you know that they also encountered crappy, rainy, icy days but opted not to show those). The skiing and conditions in Solitaire are so intense that it prompted my buddy to exclaim "This film made me never want to ski in South America" (incidentally, their previous film, Signatures, prompted the same buddy to exclaim "This film makes me want to ski Japan.").
While not a ski film, per se, Jeremy Jones' Deeper is one of the best snow sports films I have seen in recent years (with the exception of Signatures and Solitaire). Again, Jones opts out of heli accessed terrain and showcases gnarly slopes in all manner of conditions. There's a point in the film where he's actually crying he's so scared of the line he's about to hit. Worth watching regardless of whether or not you snowboard.
That said, perhaps one of my favorite skiing scenes in any film is the opening sequence to The Spy Who Loved Me.