“Ski School - it’s not about learning how to ski. For Dave Marshall and his gang, life is one big party. They’re the best at what they do, but the competition is fierce. With their backs against the wall, they’ll do anything to win. They’ve got style, class, and the perfect secret weapon. If they don’t win, they’ll lose the mountain forever. So, for the wildest, most outrageous ride of your life, check in to Ski School!” - promotional trailer voice-over
Ski School is a low budget Canadian-made titty comedy loosely shot over a mere 18 days at Whistler/Blackcomb in lovely Whistler, British Columbia. The initial filming in Canada took place during the spring of 1988, followed by some set pieces across from Universal Studios back in Los Angeles. Due to some liberal script changes, subsequent additional footage was shot in 1989 on Mount Hood in Oregon, leading to fairly noticeable (but not really consequential) differences between several of the shots. While never in danger of winning an Oscar for editing, the movie still manages to capture the essence of the mid-80’s raunchy comedy as it died a slow death heading into the early 90’s, Ski School 2 (1994) notwithstanding. Director/producer Damian Lee had a deal in place to make a movie, and approached Dean Cameron (Dave Marshak) and Pat Labyorteaux (Ed Young), fresh off their success in Summer School (1987), to carry the ‘school’ concept over to the slopes. (Labyorteaux came up with another suggestion for ‘Scuba School’ while on set, and actually sold the script, eventually to be made into National Lampoon’s Last Resort, featuring the two Coreys.) Embracing the spirit of it’s ski predecessor Hot Dog, as well as a huge tip of the 2-drink party hat to Animal House, Ski School managed to assemble a likable young cast on a shoestring budget to deliver one of the era’s last blasts of powder, beer, and tits into the pantheon of R-rated party comedies, shortly before the first death rattle.