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Skis on the Silver Screen – Top Ski Film Locations in France

September 16, 2010 2:49 pm
posted by Rebecca

It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to shorter days, big knits and fresh powder…that’s right, time to start scheming the next ski (or snowboard) trip! And whilst the Alps are lush and fresh and green it won’t be long before they come alive again with the white stuff. To help inspire you here’s the lowdown on top celluloid ski moments.

So whether you’re a James Bond or a Bridget Jones, here’s our guide to the dos and don’ts of skiing like a star. And if you fancy replicating their antics, we reveal the French film locations where the action took place:

1. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

It all began back in 1969 with George Lazenby and Diana Rigg.

Check out Bond’s bobble hat and the all-in-one outfits…not sure you’d get away with that these days (unless you’re Italian).

The film location lists for the Bond movies read like Around the World in 80 Days. The ski scenes for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service where mostly shot in the Swiss Alps (and on Mt Blanc), where production was allegedly hampered by weak snowfall. The producers even considered moving to another location in Switzerland, but it was already taken by the production of Downhill Racer. The central resort in the film was the Grandes Rousses ski domain in Alpe D’Huez.

More fab Bond ski moments include Roger Moore’s parachute jump in The Spy Who Loved Me and Pierce Brosnan’s ski off with love-interest Electra in The World is Not Enough. Chamonix stood in for the Caucasus mountains in Brosnan’s chase scene.

2. Downhill Racer

‘How fast must a man go to get from where he’s at’ asks the tagline. Starring a young Robert Redford and Gene Hackman along with bucketfuls of astonishing Alpine photography the film features plenty of thrilling ski action. Shot mostly on location in the Swiss Alps, Megève in France also puts in an appearance. Watch out for Gene Hackman’s top quote, “All you ever had was your skis, and that’s not enough.” Wise words, perhaps a hip flask too??!

A bit of further trivia for you, Megève is the ski resort in the beginning of Charade where Audrey Hepburn’s Regina Lampert meets Cary Grant’s character.

3. Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason

Pink outfit, spectacular bobble hat, grey furry body warmer and ski skills to match, Bridget serves as a reminder to us all that whilst we may think we’re Bond on the slopes we may be more Dr No-good.

4. Better off Dead

This teen romance ends with a ski competition between a young John Cusack and his rival on a treacherous Californian slope called the K-12. Although not an Alpine on-location (the film was mostly shot in Utah) the film has gone down in ski history as a classic thanks to the line “I want my two dollars!” hollered by a persistent paperboy chasing Cusack’s character, Lane Meyer, downhill.

5. Pink Panther

For après ski fashion tips look no further than this classic Peter Sellers ski chalet scene,

Great knitwear, great hairstyles, perfect fireside glamour puss-ing. Don’t forget to practice your dance steps, cha cha cha.

6. Top Ski TV

Some of the greatest ski moments aren’t restricted to the silver screen. From Richard Hammond in Top Gear to the evolution of Ski Sunday, we’d also like to pay homage to some of the best ski TV.

Top Gear

Ski Sunday original

Ski Sunday 2008

But the award for top ski TV moment has to go to Ski Sunday spin off, Alaska: The Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic when presenters Ed Leigh and Graham Bell took part in the ultimate snow challenge for our televisual delight.

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