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You'd think characters would be more careful about where they practice dangerous sports, but that wouldn't be [[RuleOfFunny funny]] or, for VideoGames, [[RuleOfFun fun]], so when a character goes skiing he'll inevitably have to dodge all sort of obstacles such as snow mounds, snowmen, boulders, trees, and likely [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou other skiers]].

For added RuleOfFunny, the ski-tracks go on ''both'' sides of the trees, leading to people staring at that and [[HowIsThatEvenPossible wondering how it could be possible]] (a gag first used by Creator/CharlesAddams in a '40s ''New Yorker'' magazine cartoon). Creator/MartinGardner published a riddle once, about how such a thing can be possible in real life. He himself had 6 answers ready [[note]](1) The skier bumped into the tree but protected himself with his hands. Keeping one ski in place, he carefully lifted his other foot and moved to the lower side of the tree. With his back against the tree, he replaced his raised foot and ski on the other side, then continued down the slope. (2) The skier slammed into the tree with such force that his skis came off and continued down the slope without him. (3) Two skiers went down the hill, each wearing only one ski. (4) One skier went down the hill twice, each time with one ski on one foot. (5) A skier went down a treeless slope, moving his legs apart at one spot. Shortly thereafter a tree with a sharpened trunk base was plunged into the snow at that spot. (6) The skier wore stilts that were high enough and sufficiently bowed to allow him to pass completely over the tree.[[/note]]. Someone sent him 23.

A common way to set this up is to have a character accidentally (or not, if daring, boastful, ignorant or just not smart enough) starts descending while oblivious to anything you need to know about skiing to not die horribly, and end up as a HumanSnowball.

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[[folder:Film]]
* Happens in the Queen Latifa flick ''Film/LastHoliday''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Part of the maze which Niobe has to navigate to ask the Magician a question (he is in Hell) takes place in one of these in the IncarnationsOfImmortality novel "A Tangled Skein"
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Averted by Creator/{{Sega}}'s ''Pinball/{{Sapporo}}''; outside of a single snowman off to the side of the playfield, the slopes are sensibly clear of inappropriate obstacles.
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* Two levels in ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' are based around this, the second one being a NintendoHard BonusLevel.
** Two levels in ''{{Yoshis Island}} DS'' too, one of which is also a NintendoHard BonusLevel and takes place at night.
* The entire ''VideoGame/SnowboardKids'' series.
* The Activision Atari 2600 video game ''Skiing'' is based on this.
* Several mini-games in the various ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' games take place on such slopes (including one where you have to try to outrun a HumanSnowball).
* As seen in the page image above, the entire point of the classic Windows game ''VideoGame/SkiFree''.
* The Macintosh also had its own skiing games, notably ''VideoGame/MacSki'' and ''Ingemar's Skiing Game''.
* And of the second half of ''HoraceGoesSkiing'' (the first half is a {{Frogger}} clone).
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' does this frequently, except usually using a snowboard instead. Still loads of stuff to dodge though. White Acropolis in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' is notable for HORRIBLE controls and jumping being almost impossible to pull off.
* This is the entire point of VideoGame/{{SSX}} 2012; Team SSX is on a race against a rival team to conquer the deadliest mountains. While they all have elements of this kind of course, the first Deadly Decent takes the cake: TREES.
* One of the mini-games in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures: Wild and Wacky Sports'' involves Buster and his friends skiing down a mountain.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' does something related with snowboarding, on a sand mound, using his ''tongue'' as board.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' does this. Homer tries to remember an important lesson about skiing his skiing instructor taught him, but he can only remember Flanders in a [[StupidSexyFlanders skin-tight suit]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Prof. Farnsworth is seen skiing while fast asleep. By the time he arrives at the ski lodge and wakes up, he apparently entered a skiing competition and won third place. (According to WordOfGod (via DVD commentary) having him come in first would have been too implausible.)
* The ClassicDisneyShort "''The Art of Skiing''" has Goofy doing all kinds of variations of this, most memorably accidentally skiing backwards.
* WesternAnimation/{{Rocko|sModernLife}} goes skiing at a ski lodge. He's not very good at it. HilarityEnsues.
* ''ReBoot'' has a Santa Claus User play one of these. Enzo gets to kill him with a large icicle.
* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues'' in which Annie was challenged by a trio of bigger kids called the Wolf Pack to ski with them in a race. Upon hearing this, Zach tries to talk her out, telling her that it's too dangerous to ski with the trio. However, Annie doesn't listen to him; [[spoiler:she sprains her ankle by accident while skiing with the Wolf Pack.]]
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