Binge-worthy ski movies to get stoked for another great season on the slopes

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Binge-worthy ski movies to get stoked for another great season on the slopes

Settling down in front of the big screen TV with a bowl of popcorn to binge-watch ski flicks is a great way to get stoked for the upcoming ski season. What’s better than watching skiers and boarders dive into the pow, pound the moguls or hot dog off a jump? Here are some oldies, memorable, recent, corny and just plain bad ski movies to get you going. If you’ve got some you can add to the list – send a tweet to @IamASnowSeeker, or leave a link on our Facebook page.

Warren Miller Movies then and now

Back in the old days, Warren Miller – the grand-daddy director of ski-porn would crank out a new movie every year. He’d come through town, rent the biggest hall and skiers would pour in. The lights would dim except for one on the corner of the stage. There, Mr. Miller would sit and narrate as the action rolled by. The content would be the same – lots of snow, lots of skiing and lots of footage of people falling as they got off the chair. Check out the feature Miller did in the early 1980s of Mike Wiegele’s heli-skiing out of Blue River, B.C.

Most old-time Warren Miller movies can be found on Amazon Video, ITunes and Google Play. Warren is no longer with the production company but the movies are still awesome. Here’s the full version of “Like There’s No Tomorrow.”

Shane McConkey

McConkey goes in the history books as a man who lived life like there was no tomorrow. That is, until there was no tomorrow. The athlete was featured in many ski movies, won countless awards and impressed us all. A malfunction during a ski-BASE jump in the Dolomites ended his life in 2009. In 2013 a documentary about his life was released and is a must see for anyone passionate about winter sports. Watch the trailer then buy the movie here http://www.mcconkeymovie.com/

SnowSeekers TV

Seriously – we do have a pretty great line up of shorts that will introduce you to many of the ski resorts of Alberta and BC. Take a few minutes to discover Whistler, Pano, Reve or Kicking Horse. Get some road trip ideas.

James Bond

James Bond movies have included ski scenes in so many movies it’s impossible to remember them all. Thankfully resorts don’t really run giant augers through the village when people are skiing. Here’s my fave from “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” If anyone knows where to find those funky ski goggles that Bond is wearing – I want a pair!

Eddie the Eagle

Remember the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary? Okay, maybe you don’t. But a feel-good movie came out a few years ago loosely based on the efforts of Eddie Edwards, aka – “Eddie the Eagle.” For anyone wanting to see a retro Calgary – forget it. Budgets kept the filming in Europe. Can Eddie win? Tune in to find out. Taron Egerton does a great rendition of the real Eddie the Eagle.

Hot Tub Time Machine

Is there any skiing in Hot Tub Time Machine? Who cares. It’s a fun screwball movie with a silly plot and a likable cast running around Fernie, B.C. Every March you can visit the town of Fernie and Fernie Alpine Resort wearing your retro gear in celebration of the movie. If you want to really live it up – rent the cabin made famous by the movie. (Or, look for it as you ride the chair.)

Avalanche Shark

Best of the worst has to be Avalanche Sharks. “What started out as a mammoth vacation is going downhill fast!” This gory ski flick is painfully bad. A thin plot has a ski resort blocked from the outside world due to an avalanche. Can the people ski – no. Can they act – no. Somehow snow sharks from a long-ago curse are re-awakened to slither through the snow to leap out to eat scantily clad females in hot tubs and jerks on skis. Interestingly it’s a Canadian movie but filmed at Mammoth Lakes, California.

Maybe just watch the trailer…that might be enough.

Burrlapz

You have to show some love to the group of snow-loving dudes who grew up on the slopes of Fernie Alpine Resort. The cinematography is fantastic, the antics crazy, the music is killer and the passion for snow unparalleled. The lads behind the lens and working the snow began filming each other when they were 11-years-old. That was about a dozen years ago.  They have a bunch of shorts on vimeo and a 35 minute-long movie and have expanded to include destinations around the globe. New works are coming out now. Watch for Burrlapz to take over the ski movie industry. 

And what’s with the Burrlapz name? When they first started out, the first video was on a handicam of laps on the Bear Chair….yup, bear laps morphed into Burrrlapz.