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Ski or Die is a winter-themed extreme sports game in which the player can competes in 5 different events:
  • Downhill Blitz: Downhill skiing event in which the player can make large jumps over chasms and perform stunts in the moguls section

  • Innertube Trash: Two players descend a mountain in innertubes. Score points by picking up items, perforating your opponents tire with a knife or fork and finishing first.

  • Acro Aerials: Ski down a ramp and score points by performing acrobatic jumps.

  • Snowball Blast: First person snowball fight. Score points by taking out little that attack your snow fortress.

  • Snowboard Half-Pipe: Put on your snowboard and score as much points as possible in a limited amount of time by performing tricks inside a half-pipe.
Practice a single event or try the tournament. The tournament mode has hot-seat multiplayer support.


Ski or Die DOS The judges rate your performance. I've done pretty well here
Ski or Die DOS Title Screen
Ski or Die DOS Crashing through the roof ;->
Ski or Die DOS Snowboard Halfpipe

Promo Images

Ski or Die Magazine Advertisement Inside front cover

Alternate Titles

  • "שעשועי סקי" -- Hebrew spelling

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User Reviews

Great graphics & music but a couple of decent events extra would have been nice Roedie (5246) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
The best sports game for your PC... kind of... Late (95) unrated
Horrible gameplay - nothing like the old California Games it obviously borrows on. Mickey Gabel (379) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
I used to fire it up just for the music Olivier Masse (449) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Don't die, Ski! brother34 (4) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Micro News May, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
The Games Machine (UK) Jun, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) May, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1990 10.5 out of 12 88
The One Apr, 1990 80 out of 100 80
100 aktuelle PC-Spiele 1990 8 out of 10 80
Play Time May, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Tilt Jun, 1990 14 out of 20 70
The Retro Spirit Dec 14, 2005 4 out of 6 67
Génération 4 Apr, 1990 56 out of 100 56


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Product placement

Ski or Die features quite a bit of product placement by snowboarding brand Burton. You can see their company name in Rodney's shop, on the event selection screen, and at the acro aerials event.
Olivier Masse (449) added Ski or Die (DOS) on Nov 29, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Famine3h (405), Terok Nor (31245) and Indra was here (20868)