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SOLITAIRE: A Backcountry Skiing, Snowboarding, and Telemark Film from Sweetgrass Productions

In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Into these most inhospitable of lands, a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot on forsaken peaks both merciless and magnificent. Venturing beyond the frontiers of most mountain films, Solitaire is backcountry skiing forged in the tradition of Western cinema. Born in the spires of Argentina’s legendary Las Lenas, a lonely two-year journey begins through an abandoned world, wandering the length of a continent from Peru’s Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia.
Lost in the winds of snowbound badlands and the blizzards of primordial forests; seen from a horse’s saddle and a paraglider’s wings; ridden on ski and board and telemark…
Solitaire fuses western-inspired tales of backcountry gambles into landscapes never before visited on film.

Shot on location in

Las Lenas, Argentina; Portillo, Chile; Nevados de Chillan, Chile; Patagonia, Chile; Bariloche, Argentina; Caviahue, Argentina; Huaraz, Peru; Iquitos, Peru; Uyuni, Bolivia; and Sajama, Bolivia.


Leo Ahrens – JP Auclair – Ryland Bell – Will Cardamone – Johnny Collinson – Forrest Coots – Stephan Drake – Jacqui Edgerly – Chris Erickson – Sebastian Haag – Kip Garre – Atsushi Gomyo – Kim Havell – Eliel Hindert – Erica Laidlaw – Jaime Laidlaw – Kyle Miller – Osamu “Ommu” Okada – Carston Oliver – Alex Paul – Thayne Rich – Dave Rosenbarger – Don Roth – Elyse Saugstad – Aidan Sheahan – Forrest Shearer – Ptor Spricenieks – Thomas Steiner – Drew Stoecklein – Taro Tamai – Jack Tolan

Honoring Arne Backstrom and Kip Garre.

Soundtrack Info

“The Plains/Bitter Dancer” by FLEET FOXES

“Light of the Light” by SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE

“Azaleadalen” & “In Every Direction” by JUNIP

“Deadweight on Velveteen” by JOSE GONZALEZ

“Optimist”, “Hello Night”,  ”Sun Will Set”, “Forest”, ”Frozen Angels”,

“The Last Bird”, “Lost”, & “Escape Artist” by ZOE KEATING

“Senior Living”, “CELER”, & “Ascensionaries” by ROYKSOPP

“That Sea, The Gambler” by GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV

“Oscurio”, “Main Title”, “Closing Theme” by AMY STOLZENBACH

  • 1-Patagonia
  • 2-Dynafit
  • 3-Clif
  • 6-Blizzard
  • 7-Tecnica
  • 8-Osprey
  • 91-Flylow
  • 92-Venture Snowboards
  • Backcountry Magazine
  • Gentemstick Snowboards
  • 5 Point Film Festival – Best Young Filmmaker 2010
  • Backcountry Film Festival – Best of Festival 2011
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival – Official Selection 2011
  • Coldsmoke Awards – Best Cinematography 2011
  • IF3 International Freeski Festival – Best Cinematography 2011
  • Kendal Mountain Film Festival – Official Selection 2011
  • Krakow Mountain Film Festival – Grand Prize 2011
  • Mendi Film Festival – Audience Choice 2011
  • Rossland Mountain Film Festival – Official Selection 2011
  • Vancouver Int. Mountain Film Festival – Best Ski Film 2012
  • X-Dance – Best Director 2012
  • X-Dance – Best Editing 2012