A blast from the past…Hot Dog 30th Anniversary Party

David Naughton and John Patrick Reger stand off in a classic scene from Hot Dog.

David Naughton and John Patrick Reger stand off in a classic scene from Hot Dog.


Matt Reardon and The Squaw Valley Institute hosted a festive evening celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic ski film Hot Dog, which was filmed at Squaw Valley during the winter of 1983. Many cast members from the movie were in attendance including David Naughton, Frank Koppala, James Saito, John Reger, Lynne Wieland and director Mike Marvin. Tahoe based cast members and stunt skiers Debbie Dutton, Robbie Huntoon, Mark Vance and George Theobald were also on hand. The night began with a Q & A session with the cast followed by a screening of the film and then an 80’s dance party. Audience participation during the movie felt like the Rocky Horror Picture Show with people chanting classic one liners in unison and boisterously booing antagonist Rudy and the Rudettes. The cast reflected on what it was like to be a part of the movie and delighted the audience by quoting lines from the movie. It was a truly memorable reunion for a film that has meant so much to so many who live here.

Hot Dog cast members answer questions from the audience at the 30th anniversary party.

Hot Dog cast members answer questions from the audience at the 30th anniversary party.


Actors Frank Koppala, David Naughton and director Mike Marvin.

Lynne Wieland, Frank Koppala, David Naughton and director Mike Marvin.


Uncle E auctions off one of the original story boards from the movie.

Uncle E auctions off one of the original storyboards from the movie.


Alpine Meadows resident George Theobald was one of the few cast members who both acted and skied in the movie.

Alpine Meadows resident George Theobald was one of the few cast members who both acted and skied in the movie.


Harkin Banks (Patrick Houser - blue jacket) gets introduced to Slasher (George Theobald - blue/yellow jacket) and the Rat Pack.

Harkin Banks (Patrick Houser – blue jacket) gets introduced to Slasher (George Theobald – blue/yellow jacket) and the Rat Pack.

Hometown heroes Robbie Huntoon and Debbie Dutton.  Robbie was the stunt skier for Harkin Banks and Debbie was the stunt skier for Sylvia.

Hometown heroes Robbie Huntoon and Debbie Dutton. Robbie was the stunt skier for Harkin Banks and Debbie was the stunt skier for Sylvia.

David Naughton and John Reger at Hot Dog Anniversary Party from Nut Hut Studios on Vimeo.

Powder Magazine coverage of Hot Dog 30th Anniversary including link to the movie

SBDC Hot Dog Film Review from April 2011

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  • Don Borleis

    classic!!!!

  • Alejandro Moreno S.

    ”I had Sunny side up, und Sunny side down, und Sunny side all ze vay around!”