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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 Amiga Sign in sheet.
Ski or Die NES Skiing to Acro Aerials. Such a nice "ozone layer"...
Ski or Die DOS Compo selection
Ski or Die Amiga Snowball blast

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 DOS Roedie (5252)
The best sports game for your PC... kind of... DOS Late (97)
Horrible gameplay - nothing like the old California Games it obviously borrows on. DOS Mickey Gabel (379)
I used to fire it up just for the music DOS Olivier Masse (450)
Don't die, Ski! DOS brother34 (4)

Critic Reviews

Micro News DOS May, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Amiga May, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Play Time DOS May, 1991 75 out of 100 75
NES Center NES 2001 7 out of 10 70
Micro News NES Dec, 1991 14 out of 20 70
Amiga User International Amiga May, 1991 68 out of 100 68 NES Jun, 2013 B- 67
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 14, 2005 4 out of 6 67
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Aug, 1990 50 out of 100 50


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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.
Contributed to by Olivier Masse (450), Famine3h (409), Terok Nor (27138) and Indra was here (20926)