At the the Killington ski resort something has gone awry. Evil terrorists led by the sinister Greig (Bruce Campbell) have taken the resort hostage with a stolen nuclear device. It's up to Ski Patrol bum Matt Foster (Sean Astin) to save the day...and his fiance.
Matt Foster, son of a cleaner, realizes his fiancée Meg's wealthy father Bill considers him, a 'Ski Patrol Bum' in the Killington resort, far beneath their social status. Matt gets an unexpected change to prove himself when hey finally planned to announce their wedding plans after nasty criminal Timmy disgusts his hijacked pilot so much that he chooses to crash there. Timmy's boss, medically terminal terrorist Carl Greig, kills him after learning his load, radio active material stolen from Russia, is intact, and has his lieutenant Frantz send in a team to retrieve it. There is also an FBI team on his trail, lead by agent Will Langley, but Matt and a forester are the ones who accidentally face the extremely violent fiends.