Winter Speaker Series goes virtual

Dave Nettle | Alpenglow Sports

Winter Speaker Series
Nov. 19 | Local guide Dave Nettle
Dec. 3 | Local ski mountaineer Cody Townsend
Jan. 7 | Extreme skiing icon Angel Collinson
Feb. 4 | Extreme skier Ingrid Backstrom
Feb. 25 | Professional skier Vasu Sojitra

On Nov. 19, Alpenglow Sports welcomes local guide Dave Nettle as the first speaker of the 15th annual Virtual Winter Speaker Series, followed by Cody Townsend on Dec. 3. The Alpenglow Sports Winter Speaker Series is a free, five-part series from November to February.

In his kick-off show, “Sheltering in Place,” Nettle will blend challenge and adventure into classic stories and images about a couple of climbing trips to Alaska on Moose’s Tooth and Mount Huntington and an expedition into the Kichatna Spires. Nettle will depict how on these climbs he and his partners found themselves unintentionally experiencing what it means to shelter in place while literally stuck in place – tent-bound deep in a remote mountain range for more than two weeks of intense, continual snowstorms. Nettle will bring lighthearted humor and fun to the soul-crushing effect of what so many days of uncertainty look like while trapped in the middle of nowhere with limited supplies and at the complete mercy of the weather.

Famed local ski mountaineer Townsend continues the series on Dec. 3 with his show “The Best Three So Far: Stories Behind The Fifty Project.” Townsend is on a well-publicized and passionately followed webisode project to ski the 50 most challenging, beautiful and classic back-country ski lines in North America. His show will take participants behind the scenes of ski descents on the Grand Teton, Alaska’s coveted Meteorite and the highest peak in North America, 20,308-foot Denali.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome. To register, visit As well, a raffle will be held virtually with tickets available for purchase before each show. Proceeds from each raffle will Truckee Donner Land Trust, Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Sierra Community House, Tahoe Fund and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. The Donor Party, an anonymous philanthropic arm of the series, will supplement the funds raised from the raffle. |