5 Ski Movies to Watch Before You Hit the Slopes

Win­ter’s here and what bet­ter way to pre­pare for a day on the moun­tains than by a ski movie marathon? Old clas­sics, new releas­es, and every­thing in between, we’ve got your ulti­mate guide to ski movies that will get you stoked for the sea­son (and maybe even inspire you to take your alpine game to the next level).

All.I.Can (2011)
This game chang­ing explo­ration of the par­al­lels between big moun­tain ski­ing and glob­al cli­mate change was shot on 6 con­ti­nents over the span of 2 years. This Sherpa’s Cin­e­ma film com­bines incred­i­ble shots of breath­tak­ing scenery, pow­er­ful images of awe-inspir­ing ath­leti­cism and suc­cess­ful­ly man­ages to cre­ate the kind of movie that will undoubt­ed­ly inspire a whole new genre. It’s impos­si­ble not to feel some­thing after watch­ing this one.

Hot Dog…The Movie (1984)
No self-respect­ing ski bum hasn’t seen this movie but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth re-watch­ing at least once per sea­son. Whether you’re look­ing for a way to zone out and spend an evening laugh­ing or want to get seri­ous­ly pumped up for your first day out, Hot Dog will scratch that itch (and prob­a­bly some you didn’t even know you had). This movie is best watched with a group of like-mind­ed indi­vid­u­als, prefer­ably with a drink in one hand and a cou­ple of snacks in the other.

Claim (2008)
The self-described “great­est ski movie ever”, Claim is what you need to watch when you’re in the mood to get unbear­ably stoked about ski­ing. Fea­tur­ing an all-star line­up of indus­try greats, epic shots of some seri­ous­ly incred­i­ble runs, and enough ener­gy to get you want­i­ng to strap on your boots imme­di­ate­ly, this film is a must-see way to get ready for the sea­son ahead.

G.N.A.R.  (2011)
Described by one view­er as “equal parts fun­ny and awe­some”, G.N.A.R. should have a home in every skier’s film library, no excep­tions. Tons of awe­some ski­ing, great shots, and col­or­ful per­son­al­i­ties make this per­fect for your next ski movie night and promis­es to get the whole crew pumped up for the first snow.

Glob­al Storm­ing (1999)
This late 90s gem fea­tures a group of incred­i­ble ath­letes ski­ing some of this planet’s best spots. Shot on loca­tion at Whistler, Cham­pery, Valdez, and Narvik, it’s a love-let­ter to the sport and makes even alpine rook­ies feel ready to con­quer the moun­tain. Watch this one and you’ll have a hard time not get­ting into the lift line before the cred­its roll.

by Kate Walker