Better Off Dead
Nothing like a pair of RD Coyote skis and Marker MRR bindings to ski something as daunting as the K12.
“Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.”
A classic hollywood ski film (naturally fitting the romantic comedy genre) from 1985 that oozes dark comedy and is of subject matter that probably would never be made today. Savage Steve Holland wrote and directed the film about Lane Meyer, a teen whose girlfriend dumps him for the captain of the ski team, Roy Stalin. Rejected and feeling low, Meyer decides suicide is the answer until he meets the French foreign exchange student Monique who is living across the street who turns Lane’s world around.
Holland really thought the movie was going to be a huge hit – Siskel & Ebert gave it two thumbs down and John Cusack actually hated the movie. Opening weekend in 1985 grossed $2.5M, ranked 138 in 1985 opening weekends and 82 for the year. Although not exactly what Holland was hoping for, the fact that it has grossed over $10M in its lifetime leads one to conclude that it is in fact, a hit.[fts twitter twitter_name=rpk4dotcom] [fts instagram instagram_id=249596676 type=user]
From SKIING Magazine September 1975:
John, Robert and Franz were returning home from a day of skiing when they had a fatal car accent on the interstate.
On their passage to heaven, they made the customary check-in with Saint Peter, who, it seems, is a fanatical skier.
In addition to the routine questions, Saint Peter asked each of the skiers which brand of skis they owned during their earthly days.
Said John, “Saint Peter, I skied on Rossignols.”
“Oh, nice skis,” responded Saint Peter. “You may proceed into heaven.”
Robert cautious now, related as to how he skied on Atomics. “Fine skis” said Saint Peter. “Proceed into heaven.”
Franz, certain he had owned the best skis of all, was stunned when Saint Peter hung his head at the answer, “Fischer”. “What’s wrong?” asked a worried Franz.
“I’m sorry,” said Saint Peter, “but you cannot be admitted to heaven. You’ve already had heaven on earth.”
Ha ha ha ha ha
“Yes, I can outfit you for under $200. Unless, of course, you want accessories, such as skis, boots, bindings, poles…”
By Tony Saltzman
Ha ha ha ha
“Pay no attention to him, Martha. He’s just a ski bum.”
By Tony Saltzman, 1974