Skiing (Atari 2600 video game)

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Designer(s)Bob Whitehead[1]
Platform(s)Atari 2600

Skiing is a video game cartridge for the Atari 2600.[2] It was authored by Bob Whitehead and released by Activision in 1980.[3] It's one of the first video games developed by Activision.



Skiing is a single player only game, in which the player uses the joystick to control the direction and speed of a stationary skier at the top of the screen, while the background graphics scroll upwards, thus giving the illusion the skier is moving. The player must avoid obstacles, such as trees and moguls. The game cartridge contains five variations each of two principal games.

In the downhill mode, the player's goal is to reach the bottom of the ski course as rapidly as possible, while a timer records his relative success.

In the slalom mode, the player must similarly reach the end of the course as rapidly as he can, but must at the same time pass through a series of gates (indicated by a pair of closely spaced flagpoles). Each gate missed counts as a penalty against the player's time.[4]


Skiing was promoted via a 30-second TV commercial featuring a man demonstrating how to play the game (including the various obstacles into which a player can crash), while speaking in a stereotypical French accent. The commercial ends with a close-up of the game box, with the man's voice heard off-screen (now speaking in a general American accent) saying, "I think I hurt myself," in reference to his numerous virtual crashes.[citation needed]


Richard A. Edwards reviewed Skiing in The Space Gamer No. 43.[5] Edwards commented that "Skiing is a simple game with excellent graphics and varying scenarios. It's a must for those with the Atari system."[5]


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  1. ^ Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  2. ^ Atari Age. "Atari 2600 - Skiing (Activision)," (retrieved on March 16th, 2009).
  3. ^ Atari Age. "Atari 2600 Cartridge Scans - Skiing (Activision)," (retrieved on March 16th, 2009).
  4. ^ "Skiing Manual". 1980.
  5. ^ a b Edwards, Richard A. (September 1981). "Capsule Reviews". The Space Gamer. Steve Jackson Games (43): 36.
  6. ^ "Joystik Magazine (December 1982) Volume 1 Number 3". December 1982.
  7. ^ "CVG Magazine Issue 003". January 1982.

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