This is a WaltDisney film about a Swiss teenager, Rudi Matt, who has a dream to climb a mountain, "The Citadel", that has never been climbed before. Unfortunately, at the moment, he is a kitchen worker at a local inn. Rudi has a special reason: His father had died attempting to climb the mountain. He proves himself with the support of his girlfriend, Lisbeth Hempel. He also learns to realize that there are things more important than mere glory.
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!!Tropes include:

* {{Arcadia}}: Justified when you think about it. All the rich UpperClassTwit s that come in to climb and leave their money behind allows the town to be as arcadia-like as it wishes
* AnAxeToGrind: Everyone has an ice axe. Naturally enough.
* BadassCrew: Most of the male characters, at least toward the end. Their main occupation—and recreation—automatically qualifies them.
* BeYourself
* BigBrotherInstinct : Rudi's uncle take's care of his widowed sister who is Rudi's mother. One reason he is hard on Rudi is that he knows that Rudi's ambitions are likely to hurt his sister.
* TheChick: Lisbeth
** She also shows a [[HiddenDepths latent]] streak of The {{Tomboy}} as well. She is a good climber and in one scene she helps to train Rudi.
* ComingOfAge
* FastRoping
* GlorySeeker: Everybody, naturally enough, given such an ostentatiously insane recreation, but especially Rudi.
** Rudi's uncle is really a pragmatist who climbs mainly because people pay him, and would probably have a safer occupation than a guide if he could.
** The guide from a rival town though is probably even more of a GlorySeeker then Rudi, especially as he isn't a teenager.
* HeroicSacrifice: Rudi's father had died protecting an injured man. Rudi sacrifices the glory of being the first to the top for the same reason.
* HollywoodTactics: Not as bad as some. But does anyone climb in the Alps with ''no gloves''? Sounds like a good way to get your hand stuck to the ice until you have to tear it off.
* [[HonorBeforeReason Honor before glory]] :The Innkeeper reminds Rudi that a guide's first job is to protect his client.
* InTheBlood :Invoked. Lisbeth actually says Mountain climbing is in Rudi's blood because of his father.
* KillItWithIce: More like being in danger of being killed by ice.
* MyGirlBackHome: Lisbeth
* OldMaster: The Innkeeper is a [[RetiredBadass retired guide]] and takes time off to teach Rudi.
* [[PlanetOfHats Village of Hats]]: The local village's hat is mountain climbing. Justified as assisting rich tourists is the main industry.
* QuirkyTown: Not particularly quirky, but a nice and decent place to live-that has some [[{{Badass}} Badassery]] to brag about, to add to things.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Several of the local professional guides are afraid of The Citadel. Naturally enough.
* SceneryPorn: This is ''Switzerland''. Enough said.
* SnowMeansDeath: Well, obviously.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Rudi's family is afraid he will die like his father.
* UndyingLoyalty : Lisbeth to Rudi.
** Rudi's uncle to Rudi's mother as well, though the uncle is to gruff a fellow to have a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming about it.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: ''Vaguely'' inspired by the ascent of the Matterhorn.
* YodelLand
* WhenYouSnatchThePebble: Rudi's training includes climbing a cliff [[TrainingFromHell with a full pack]].
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