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In this episode, a song called "Montage" is performed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s band DVDA. A video montage is shown as Stan trains to become a better skier. The song was later reworked and used by Parker and Stone in Team America: World Police.
All the boys are in Aspen with their parents except for Cartman who is here without his mother Liane.
Cartman's trick on Butters in this episode is similar to his prank in Cartman Sucks.
This episode was one of the few episodes to be rated TV-14 in its original airing in the USA.
The theme does not play in this episode.
This episode is subject to an internet meme depicting the skiing instructor saying his famous line, albeit with the first half replaced with something else but relevant to the original quote.
References to Popular Culture
The race between Tad Mikowski and Stan Marsh is a retelling of the children's story The Tortoise and the Hare.
The tactics used by Tad in the final race are also very similar to those of Dick Dastardly in 'Wacky Races' where he would usually be in a winning position but then stop to set up unnecessary traps, leading to him losing.
The mountain K-13, is a reference to K-12, the 61st highest mountain peak on the planet located on the border of Pakistan and India.
"Take on Me" by A-ha is played instrumentally over the opening titles "South Park in Aspen". This was after his proper introduction. John Hansen, who is the voice of future character Mr. Slave, sings a rendition of the song during the end credits.
"The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats is played instrumentally at the dance to save the recreation center.
"Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds is heard when Stan wins the race down the K-13 against Tad Mikowski.
The dance Butters does is the same as in the Peanuts cartoons by Charles Schultz.
The part where the redhead girl's breasts are mutants is a reference to the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Total Recall.
The plot of this episode mimics similar themes in ski movies like Ski Patrol, Ski School and Hot Dog. It also seems to be a general parody of teen films.
The Aspen police officer quotes the catchphrase "Book 'em Dan-o" from the 1970s cop show Hawaii 5-0.
The mountain "K-13" is shaped like Mount Crumpit from various versions of The Grinch.
Two visitors appear in this episode:
When Eric joins in for breakfast, a visitor replaces Kyle's chair support.
One looks at Thumper teaching, then skis off.
After losing the first race, Stan puts his skis and ski poles down in the snow. In the next shot of the boys, the skis and poles have disappeared.
Stephen Stotch is misnamed as "Chris" once again in this episode. Chris may have just been his first presumable name before it was changed to Stephen, though.
The skiing instructor says "You french fry when you pizza you're gonna have a bad time" instead of "you french fry when you're supposed to pizza".