Have you ever noticed in movies that a weekend jaunt usually turns into a life and death situation?
Well, the Cooper family is about to experience it first hand.
As guests of Mr. Finley (Frank T. Wells) the Cooper's and business partner Danny (Phil Coccioletti) help in the celebration of the opening of the ski lodge that their firm built. They, along with paying guests, love the lodge, but there is one person who isn't too happy with it.
Paige (Aubrey Dollar) would rather be anywhere than to be stuck with her stepmother, Emily (Gabrielle Carteris) since she hates her. No matter how much Emily tries to form a bond, Paige rejects her.
It begins when she's promised Mike (Jack Wagner) that she'll teach Emily how to ski, but she's spotted by Reno Riley (Mark Lindsay Chapman) and his son, Alex (Mike Graybeal). Monique (Wendy Davis) is a photographer and is shooting Alex since he's an up and coming skier.
Reno reminisces with Paige about her deceased mother and she begrudgingly introduces Emily to them as Monique suggests that the two have a race so that she can get some good action photos.
Meanwhile, A.J. (Morgan Rusler) tries to convince his boss Karl (John Fleming) that an avalanche is imminent and he brushes it off, telling him that Finley wants the slopes open.
Later, Mike suggests that they go into town to get some skis and have dinner while Emily suggests that they also see a play. Paige doesn't want any part of it.
After some cocktails at the Eagle's Nest bar, Finley goes to Danny's room and pays him $150,000 and offers his "thanks" for cutting corners during the construction.
With Mike in town, Emily and Paige start to have an arguments in their room just as the avalanche hits and now, trapped in their room, they have to find a way out, as the snow keeps pushing into the room.
Emily manages to get them out of the room just in time and after going through the ventilation shaft, they literally drop in on Reno and Alex a floor below them.
Reno tells them they have to go one way and Emily is adamant that they go the other way. Well, she knows the place like the back of her hand.
En route to survival, they pick up Danny and Monique and have to climb up the elevator shaft. It's a shaft, so you know someone isn't going to make it.
While the survivors make it back to the Eagle's Nest, they come across A.J.'s wife Clair (JJ Snyder) who's trapped and ready to have her baby at any minute.
But that's not all.
A.J. has predicted that another avalanche is going to hit soon and now it becomes a race against time.
While a lot of the disaster clichés are used, it's amazing how the avalanche stopped just short of the freshly plowed parking lot (twice).
But it's also amazing that the set walls were so flimsy that when Emily is hitting one with a pickaxe you can see the entire wall move. Even though Danny cut corners, they could have just ripped the "paper thin walls" with their bare hands.
If you're looking for great acting, you won't find it here, since everyone is yelling at everyone else and they really gang up on poor Emily.
I think this is the first disaster movie that actually has a happy ending and from what I can figure out, only has one fatality!