Well, it’s January and in many parts of the country that means cold, ice, and snow. For myself and many other people across the United States and around the world, that means that it’s ski and snowboard season. With that, I’d like to review a handful of movies that have plots based around skiing and/or snowboarding. So love it or hate it, we’re going to list these out anyway.
Ok, so Extreme Days isn’t a snowboarding movie per se, but it’s a movie about four friends on an epic road trip doing extreme sports, one being snowboarding… while paintballing. This film is an early 2000s classic that I recall being notable for lacking a lot of the content typically seen in PG-13 movies such as swearing, sexual references, course jokes, etc. So if you’re of the more conservative nature, this could be a good one for the kids and family.
Regardless of how you feel about that kind of content, Extreme Days is a film about friends having fun doing all kinds of extreme sports and wild things that young men love to do, including snowboarding. If that isn’t enough to entice you, Extreme Days has Rufio in it in his first major appearance since Hook! Ok, maybe not technically Rufio, but the actor who played him, Dante Basco. Either way, it’s worth checking out the film.
Another ski/snowboard film from the 90s, Snowboard academy parlays the classic formula of skiers versus snowboarders into a winner-takes-all competition between two brothers with opposing winter sports viewpoints. The brothers duke it out on the slopes of their father’s ski resort to determine if snowboarders will be allowed to use the mountain forevermore.