Snowboarding buddies Luke, Rick, Anthony and Pig Pen are living large on Alaska's Bull Mountain. Partying hard, looking for girls and doing just about anything to have a good time is what life on Bull Mountain is all about. But when town founder Papa Muntz dies, his son Ted decides to sell the mountain to slick Colorado ski mogul John Majors. Everyone is bummed by his plans to turn the boarding mountain into an espresso-and-tofu ski resort, and it's up to our heroes- along with Major's beautiful, rebellious daughters Inga and Anna -to keep Bull Mountain yuppie-free.
When the masters of the drive-in movie at American-International Pictures ran out of ideas for beach party films in the early 60's, they came up with "Ski Party," a 1965 production that simply transferred the eternal themes of the beach genre — revealing clothing, practical jokes and uncertainty over how far to go in sex and romance in the absence of adult supervision — to the side of a mountain. That memorable creative choice now has its descendant in "Out Cold," a ski party movie in which the clothes are a little more revealing than they were 35 years ago, the practical jokes are a little more tasteless, and the uncertainty over sex is pretty much nonexistent. Most crucial, instead of surfboards there are snowboards. – Dave Kehr
2001-11-21 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of Out Cold