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According to studio publicity, Viola Macfayden, a figure-skating champion, coached the three stars in ice-skating. Skiing champion Hans Hauser and his five assistants coached the actors in skiing. Hollywood Reporter states that Sun Valley, ID, was used for location filming for the first time in this picture. Paramount built an Alpine-like village in Sun Valley, and filmed some scenes in Idaho's Sawtooth National Forest. The set was built on property owned by Gus Anderson, who leased the property to Paramount for five hundred dollars. According to the pressbook, the Anderson family moved into the buildings after the film was completed. The pressbook also notes that W. Averill Harriman, chairman of the Board of Union Pacific Railroad, which operated the Sun Valley resort, then just being developed, used a mock-up of the Swiss village to design a real town. Otho Lovering, a Paramount editor, headed a unit to photograph bobsled scenes at Lake Placid, site of the 1932 Olympics, according to publcity items. Winter costumes were needed for over 250 cast members, but due to a maritime strike, there was "an acute shortage of the required clothes. Paramount buyers finally went into the open market." The song "Moonlight and Shadows," originally used in Paramount's 1936 film The Jungle Princess, was used as background music for a scene in a Paris nightclub.