Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story

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Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story
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Written byJonathan Rintels
Directed byChristian Duguay
StarringNeil Patrick Harris
Kelli Williams
Theme music composerLou Natale
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersHoward Braunstein
Michael Jaffe
Christine A. Sacani (co-executive producer)
ProducersMatthew O'Connor
Lisa Richardson
Production locationsBritish Columbia, Canada
CinematographyPeter Woeste
EditorGeorge Appleby
Running time120 minutes
Production companiesJaffe/Braunstein Films
Pacific Motion Pictures
Spectacor Films
Original networkCBS
Original release
  • January 9, 1994 (1994-01-09)

Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story is a 1994 American television film.


Snowbound is based on a true story. Jim and Jennifer Stolpa and their infant son Clayton are 500 miles from their home in Castro Valley, California, when they lose their way and are stranded in an endless wilderness of deep snow in northern Nevada, east of Cedarville, California. They battle for survival against the elements when Jim Stolpa drives too far down a snow-covered road and gets stuck during a snowstorm. Using only meager supplies and resourcefulness, the young couple struggles to keep themselves and their son alive in a frozen shelter while awaiting rescue.

Realizing they will not be found and out of supplies, Jim ultimately strikes out on a courageous 50-mile walk through the snow alone, determined to reach help and return to save his family.

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Jim and Jennifer's story was also used as the plot for the "Lost in the Snow" episode of I Shouldn't Be Alive. The episode originally aired November 3, 2005, and featured Les Stroud analyzing the Stolpas' actions and showing the viewers how to be better prepared for such a situation.

The ordeal was the subject of the first episode of the third season of the ABC documentary series In an Instant titled "Whiteout" which first aired in June 2017.[1]

The Stolpas' story was also told, along with survival tips, in Snowbound with an Infant, episode one of season three of The Weather Channel show SOS: How to Survive, first airing August 11, 2019.[2]


  1. ^ "20/20: In An Instant: Whiteout - Watch Season 3 Episode 01". Archived from the original on 2017-06-08.
  2. ^ "SOS: How to Survive Snowbound with an Infant - Google Search".

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