One of the most quotable films in skiing lore, “Hot Dog…the Movie” is on the precipice of its 40th anniversary in 2024.
On the latest New England Ski Journal Basecamp podcast, Eric Wilbur and Mike Specian welcome the film’s writer, editor, and producer Mike Marvin to the show along with Vermont native Lynne Wieland, who played “Banana Pants,” to head down memory lane and discuss the making of the movie now four decades into its impact on skiing culture.
“I work in a ski shop now here in Boise (Idaho) as a buyer,” Wieland said. “People walk into the store and we start chatting and the movie comes up. Every season I hear — like you do — from so many people that, ‘we all get together and watch it. It’s our kickoff to the whole season. We have a ski cabin in Tahoe or Vermont or Colorado and it’s what we all do. The first thing we all do before the season even starts. Let’s get together and watch Hot Dog.’
“It has become an iconic cult following. And it’s just so much fun to have been a part of it. Even just my little part.”