SkiFree is a classic computer game written by Chris Pirih. The idea behind the game is to ski down the slope while avoiding obstacles and the occasional abominable snow monster!
Chris created the original game on his home computer while working at Microsoft. A program manager at Microsoft spotted him playing the game and this lead to the game being included as part of the Windows Entertainment Pack in 1991.
This 16 bit version of SkiFree had some compatilibity issues when running on newer versions of Windows but Chris released a 32 bit version which is still available on his website.
We are huge fans of Ski Free and there is a flash version of the game by Zoranan which you can play below. Use the arrow keys to play.
The flash version is good but doesn’t have all the features of the original. For example in the original game the player can choose from four options…
- The Freestyle course where the aim is to accumulate points for doing flips etc.
- The slalom course where the aim is to complete an open slalom course in the shortest amount of time possible.
- The tree slalom course which is similar to the slalom course execpt it is longer with wider spaced flags and trees (obviously).
- Alternatively you can just ski free!
On every course though there are obstacles such as rocks and trees. There are also others skiers and snowboarders to avoid. Snowboarders are particularly rude and seem to quite enjoy crashing into you.
If you collide with any of these then you will be forced to stop and lose time or points.
Abominable Snow Monster
One of the fun things about the SkiFree game is the abdominal snow monster that chases and tries to eat the player. This usually occurs after the player has completed their run at around the 1985m mark.
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