Saturday, April 26, 2014
Squaw Valley and the Hot Dog 30th Anniversary Party
Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe. Hot Dog The Movie is celebrating its 30th year Anniversary
A throwback party you will not want to miss! Hot Dog The Movie is celebrating it's 30th year and Squaw Valley Institute will host a special Director's Q & A with 10 original cast members, film viewing, memorabillia auction, raffle and 80's costume party.
The scenes from Hot Dog, Director Mike Marvin says, are all based on true events. Like the wet T-shirt contest. "I always believed from the very beginning that it would be successful… But I never dreamed that 30 years later we’d be talking about it".
Showcasing great skiing, and great tits, to the masses turned a lot of people onto the lifestyle. Matt Reardon picked up the movie randomly at Blockbuster and watched it at his friend’s cotton farm in a small Louisiana town in hopes that it would be a respite from the brutal heat passing through.
"The film was life-altering to say the least", Reardon wrote in a recent e-mail. "I immediately told my parents, at the age of 13, I was going to be a pro mogul skier like Harkin. It sounded odd to my folks, never having seen snow prior".
By 21, Reardon joined the Bud Pro Mogul Tour and relocated to Squaw Valley. He’s now the executive director of the Squaw Valley Institute, and responsible for organizing Hot Dog’s 30th anniversary party this weekend.
Hot Dog…The Movie is a comedy ski film released in January 1984. The film went on to gross over $17 million and became one of the iconic comedies of the 1980s.
The film stars Patrick Houser as Harkin Banks, a young and ambitious freestyle skier from Idaho who is determined to prove himself in a freestyle skiing competition at Squaw Valley. Along the way he teams with a pack of fun-loving incorrigibles who called themselves the "Rat Pack" (whose leader, Dan O'Callahan is played by David Naughton), picks up an Austrian nemesis named Rudi (John Patrick Reger), and enters a love triangle with a pair of blondes, a young woman named Sunny (Tracy N. Smith) and the more mature Sylvia Fonda (played by 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed in just her second major film role). The movie ends with a terrific extended race scene, all of the characters take part in a 'Chinese Downhill' to determine the real champion of the competition.