Kastanistan | Snowmads In An Imaginary Land Without Borders (2022)

The new wintersports film follows pro skier Fabian Lentsch and his local friend Nick Phaliani on a mountain mission in Georgia together with the Snowmads crew while the two transition into new roles

“Kastanistan | Snowmads in an imaginary land without borders” is a ski and snowboard film by NINE&ONE about Georgian mountain guide Nick Phaliani and pro skier and Snowmads mastermind Fabian Lentsch, who go on their first freeride skiing mission together setting up camp in a new zone in Georgia, which hasn’t been skied before and is nothing short of freeride paradise. It is a soulful tale of friendship, conquering challenges as well as an imagination of a land full of peace, love and spines.

After having met back in 2016 when Fabi visited Georgia filming for the first Snowmads skiing film both, Nick and Fabi, have gone through big transitions in their lives. Inspired by the Snowmads Nick has learnt to ski and become a certified mountain guide in just 3 years. Fabi has transitioned from being a freeride line hunting pro skier, to more and more also becoming a bridge builder between cultures and a mentor to others like the young Snowmads riders Konsti and Gabriel, whom he takes along on this unique, couragous and inspiring travel.

As the group conquers new ski and snowboard lines in mind blowing terrain on this mission it all feels a bit like a new found paradise. However paradise is threatened when young Snowmads rider Gabriel chooses a consequential no fall line on his snowboard. Nick has to prove himself as the main guide of the trip, while Fabi has to keep up with feeling responsibility as Gabriel’s mentor.
In the middle of threatened peace all over the world, this is also a film about how to find inner peace no matter where you are. The group calls this imaginary place without borders and full of peace and love KASTANISTAN.

A Film by: NINE&ONE
For: Snowmads
Produced and written by: Karin Lechner 
Directed and edited by:
 Raphael Pöham
Initiator and Line Producer: Fabian Lentsch
Assistant Director: Joi Hoffmann
Principal Cinematography: Raphael Pöham, Joi Hoffmann
Additional Drone Footage: Luki Schäfer
Sound Design and Mix: Izzy Cope
Stills Photography: Fabio Keck
Artwork: Anna-Maria Indrist

Featuring: Fabian Lentsch, Nick Phaliani, Gabriel indrist, Konsti Ottner,
Joi Hoffmann, Zura Phaliani, Gogita Chartolani

Executive Producer : Karin Lechner

Year of Production: Austria, 2022
Duration: 22 min
Language:  German / English / Georgian (EN subtitles)
Locations: Georgia

How to watch

20.01.2022 GERMAN PREMIERE: BOFF Bayerisches Outdoor Film Festival AWARD NIGHT
12.11.2022 PREMIERE Freeride Film Base, Metropol, Innsbruck

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Further Snowmads film projects
A Foreign Native | Snowmads (2021)
Innsbruck. Powder. People. (2021)
Snowmads – Sense of Home (2019)
Ya Mas – Snowmads in Greece (2017)
Snowmads – A Journey Towards Eastern Suns (2016)

Gabriel Indrist Season Edit 2021

High Speed Big Mountain Riding in the Tyrolean Alps

The usually broad grinning Eastern Tyrolean energy bundle Gabriel Indrist released his season edit … and it’s impressive!
His birth place in the wild mountain ranges close to South Tyrol might have influenced his style of riding big mountains. Attending a snow sports school that regularly brings up world class skiers and snowboarders probably did the rest.
At just 24 years he makes riding down huge, steep faces at around 100km/h look easy.

As usual for many attending the School in Tyrolean Stams Gabriel started competing in Freestyle Euro Cups at a young age, at around 16 years old. Later he said goodbye to the freestyle competition scene and joined the FWQ tour for some time. Gabriel in many ways just might not be your usual person.

The contest scene and in general prescribed pathways always seamed too narrow for him. He is a dreamer and free spirit at heart. And so, just because one path seems to be the easiest and most common doesn ́t mean he would take it. Rather he would go out and look what else there is to see.

So when Fabi invited him and good friend Konsti Ottner to join the Snowmads Truck on a 90 days road trip he didn ́t hesitate to join. They road tripped all the way from Austria to Iran, traveling through the Balkans, Greece and Turkey. Gabriel brought lots of laughs and a seemingly endless desire for exploring new places and cultures to the truck.

The experiences made on this journey, to use his own words „inspired him deeply“ and reassured him that „there is more and things can be done
Not much later he bought an old camper van from the junk yard and rebuilt and renovated it with lots of sweat and love.

Watch out for this young Austrian „Force of Nature“ when he passes by in his van rather slowly or rather fast on his snowboard.
And enjoy 3 minutes of high speed big mountain riding or should we say flying!? Beautiful lines in any way!

Make sure to follow Gabriel on Instagram @gabrielindrist and watch this gem of a season edit on our YouTube Channel.

Thanks for the great times spent together on some recent Snowmads trips, Gabriel! So happy to present your season edit to the Snowmads World. You’ve „so got it“ and we love you!


Rider 🏂
Gabriel Indrist

Filmed by 📽
Valentin Walther and Ashley Wiggins

Photos by 📷
Gabriel Indrist
Anjuna Hartmann / NINE&ONE

Filmed in the Tyrolean Alps 2019-2021