Snow Business

(8 customer reviews)


Snow Business is a snowbound murder mystery game for 10 to 12 guests and one host. Set in an isolated ski chalet in the French Alps, a family holiday goes wrong when one of the guests is found dead! Written by Lisa Butler. Recommended for ages 18+.


Snow Business is a murder mystery game for 10 to 12 guests and one host. It is set in an isolated ski chalet in the French Alps. Download the free introductory pdf file.

In Snow Business, the stage is set for an innocent family gathering, with a few friends and strangers added to make the party go with a swing. However, not everyone is as they seem – some have dark secrets they need to keep hidden… and someone is the killer. Your guests will be in the middle of the action, and it will be up to them to wheel and deal to get what they want. Will they achieve their goals, keep their secrets hidden, and solve the murder?

“Snow Business was GREAT!!!! “I can’t remember the last time I’ve had so much fun or laughed so hard.”
Doris Arnett-Gary, United States

See stories and pictures from Snow Business.

Each winter, the Harrisons and the Perrys ski in the French Alps and always rent the Chalet Flaubert. They hire the whole chalet and bring both families and friends. The holidays are usually an opportunity to relax and unwind away from the pressures of normal life, but this year has been different. Jacqui and Mariella have been arguing, Lucy has sprained her wrist, snow has cut the chalet off – and tonight, real tragedy has struck.

A few minutes ago, John Morgan was found dead at the foot of the attic steps, his neck broken at an unfortunate angle.

Nobody can leave the chalet; and there is no phone or radio in here… Did John fall or was he pushed? Is there a murderer in Chalet Flaubert?

“I love your games! They are easy to set up and do. I have tried other ones and they are inferior in my opinion. All of my Snow Business players had a wonderful time. I have already had several ask me when we are doing another one!”
Christina Haley, United States


No combat, no poison.
No combat, no poison.
One character will die during the game, and will be replaced with a new character for that guest.
One character will die during the game, and will be replaced with a new character for that guest.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game and a cast list of all the characters.

Cast of characters

The Harrisons

  • Harold Harrison: Harold is an accountant and does the accounts for Bank Farm Stables.Harold and Mariella are married and have a daughter, Lucy.
  • Mariella Harrison: Mariella is an expert horsewoman and jointly runs the Bank Farm Stablesriding school with her sister Jacqueline.
  • Lucy Harrison: Lucy is 18 and is taking a year out before going to university inSeptember. She has sprained her wrist skiing.

The Perry’s

  • Daniel Perry: Daniel is a celebrated musician and is married to Jacqueline.
  • Jacqueline Perry: Jacqueline is Mariella’s younger sister and business partner at BankFarm Stables. She is also an expert horsewoman.
  • Jonathon Perry: Jonathon is Daniel and Jacqueline’s son and is currently in his firstyear at university studying medicine.
  • Travis Perry: Travis is Daniel’s brother and a city lawyer.

Friends, Family and Strangers

  • Amy Morgan: Harold’s sister is a librarian and children’s author.
  • John Morgan: Amy’s husband has just been found dead!
  • Alex Harvey: Alex is Jacqui and Mariella’s cousin, and Mariella’s best friend. Alexis an ex-show jumper who now does radio commentary.
  • Robin Fay: Friend of the Perrys and a pianist, composer and conductor.
  • Jo Robertson and Max Parker: Jo and Max are skiers stranded at the chalet.

Snow Business is for 10 to 12 guests.

  • 10 guests (4 male, 4 female, 2 any)
  • 11 guests (4 male, 4 female, 3 any)
  • 12 guests (4 male, 4 female, 4 any)

You also need a host – someone to organize the party and ensure everything runs smoothly.

How Freeform Games murder mystery games work

Snow Business is unlike other murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a death, each character has several goals they must try to accomplish. While they may want to solve the murder, Snow Business contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. Snow Business isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer and welcomed to the chalet.

They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, goals, and items. The fun then begins as they form alliances, blackmail each other, steal items, and maybe even resort to murder!

Finally, the game concludes and everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

Recommended for ages 18+

We recommend  Snow Business for those aged 15+, as it contains references to infidelity, and a potential cousin relationship.

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and need more characters. So most games have free extra characters (written by us or previous hosts) included in the download when you purchase the game.

  • ‘Ginger’ Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story. (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)

Please note that we haven’t always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.

“Thank you for a great site, fantastic games, good service and very quick reply. Keep up the good work.” Ole Martin Brodwall, Norway

Cast Iron Guarantee

We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If you’re not completely satisfied with Snow Business then please let us know within 30 days and we will refund you. See our full terms and conditions, and our refund policy.

Trouble downloading? If you have trouble downloading the game files, please first check your spam folder. If you still can’t find the download email, drop us a line at with the name of the game and the email address you used to purchase it, and we’ll resend it.

8 reviews for Snow Business

  1. Carlos (verified owner)

    THIS WAS ASWESOME! Photos submitted by other reviewers doesn’t do justice to the good time you will have!

  2. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Fun time.

  3. Stefanos Konsta (store manager)

    We just finished Snow Business and it was a blast even with the limited time we had. we DEFINITELY liked it.

  4. Christina Haley (store manager)

    I just wanted you to know Snow Business was a huge success! Everyone involved had a wonderful time! I have now done two of your murder mysteries and plan on working my way through all of them! I have already had several folks ask for another one. Overall my guests and my family had a blast and we will be doing it again soon!

  5. Amy Nolte (store manager)

    Snow Business was our second game from Freeform Games – our son just LOVES them – and we will do it again, definitely!!
    We didn’t have much time to prepare because our son hadn’t completely decided on whether or not to do a game this year.Even with our hurried time-frame, it was very easy to pull together!
    The last game we did was Casino Fatale. We loved them both. Snow Business was on a much smaller scale and we had a lot more time to talk to the players, eat and generally have a great time.

  6. A Customer (store manager)

    I chose Snow Business because it was appropriate for the number of players, age appropriate, and because we were all gathered for a winter vacation. The setting was perfect!
    It was so much fun! Even though one of my characters had to be gender-swapped, careful planning on my part ensured the appropriate amount of scandal that surprised many people at the end of the story!

  7. Sarah Nelson (store manager)

    I have run a murder mystery birthday party every year for my birthday from Freeform Games for the past 4 years. All of my friends love them and year after year when it comes to fall, and then to December (when my birthday is) they ask me every day if I have chosen the theme yet. Everyone really gets into it and tons of lies are spread. It is great because it really plunges everyone in to interact with one-another – no icebreaker needed! Alliances and secret meetings and evesdropping are some of my favorite parts. Thanks, for making the best parties ever!

  8. Karen Rainford (store manager)

    I purchased Snow Business to play over Christmas / New Year period. A group of us (18 in total) rented a chalet in Morzine and we played it there. I actually only got back yesterday. The game was brilliant, it went down really well, everybody enjoyed it… So thank you Mo and Steve it was excellent.

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Q & A

How soon will I get my game? asked on 3 May 2022

You can download your game immediately after making your purchase. We will also send you an email message containing a download link and password so you can download your game later.

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Where's my password? asked on 1 May 2022

Please check your email (including your junk folder). If you're sure you haven't received it, then please get in touch. It helps us if you tell us when you purchased the game and what email address you used.

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How do freeform murder mystery games work? asked on 29 April 2022

Most of our games have an impartial host who organizes the party. Hosts don't solve the murder with everyone else – they have already read the game and instead watch the game unfolding.

Guests use their wits and negotiate, scheme, and plot with other guests to get what they want. Nobody needs to learn complicated backgrounds or memorize lines – character backgrounds are little more than a side or two of paper – which can be kept to hand for reference during the game.

answered on 28 April 2022 store manager
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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 27 April 2022

Yes! If this is your first time hosting a Freeform Games murder mystery, we suggest choosing one of our more straightforward games. Click here for our 'games for beginners' page.

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Do you have any games suitable for all-male or all-female groups? asked on 25 April 2022

Yes! We have several games where all the characters are ungendered and can be played by anyone. Click here to see our ungendered games.

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