Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series

February 20, 2020
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Crowd of people at winter speaker series
  • Speaker on stage addresing the crowd
  • Crowd of people at winter speaker series
  • Speaker on stage addresing the crowd

Back for its 14th year, the Alpenglow Winter Film Series will be showcasing the outdoor industry's most respected athletes. Hear from these professionals as they share stories of their incredible adventures in the mountains. Many of these shows are a rare opportunity to meet and hear from these talented athletes. Doors open at 7pm at the Olympic Village Lodge and shows are free.

This event has raised over $170,000 for local non-profits in the North Lake Tahoe community.

November 14Dave NettleAdventure Risk Challenge
December 5Jim MorrisonAchieve Tahoe
January 2Kit DeslauriersSierra Community House
January 23Adrian BallingerTruckee Tahoe Land Trust
February 20Hadley HammerTahoe Fund

Athlete Bios

Dave Nettle 

Dave Nettle started backpacking at the age of 10 in the Pacific Northwest and never looked back. He took up rock climbing and mountaineering in high school, which over the years has taken him to mountain ranges across the world, with travels and ascents throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America.  Since 2002 he has been an Industrial Rope Access Instructor for Ropeworks, training people to work at height on ropes. When he's not climbing you will usually find him mountain biking or backcountry skiing. He lives in Reno with his wife Cadence.

As co-founder of the Winter Speaker Series, Dave Nettle has been cultivating mountain community in North Lake Tahoe through his compelling tales of adventure for well over thirty years, and it’s always such an honor to kick off the series with him.” – Brendan Madigan, Winter Speaker Series event coordinator and owner of Alpenglow Sports

Jim Morrison

Benefits Acheive Tahoe

Based in Tahoe City, California, Morrison has spent his entire life skiing and climbing in the Sierra Nevada. He and his brother, John, also an accomplished mountain athlete, grew up in Walnut Creek, three hours from Squaw Valley, skiing and chasing the likes of Scott Schmidt every weekend through high school. Jim started spending ski seasons in Squaw in 1990, eventually settling there permanently. Known for his big heart and big engine, Jim quietly excels in most feats he attempts, whether it’s an Ironman triathlon or climbing El Capitan in Yosemite all while running his own custom home construction business in Tahoe. As a premier member of the The North Face athlete roster, Jim is the recent first descentionist of the coveted Lhotse Couloir.

Kit Deslauriers

Benefits Sierra Community House

When Kit DesLauriers skied Mt. Everest in 2006, she became the first person in the world to ski the 7 Summits, meaning she skied from the summit of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. The 50-year-old mother of two is also the first female to win back-to-back Freeride World Tour championships, solo the Grand Teton (in between coaching soccer practice and picking her daughters up from school), ski the Polish Glacier on Aconcagua and make a complete ski descent of Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica, among other feats. Beyond the 7 Summits, Kit has skied first descents in Alaska’s Brooks Range, has explored and helped preserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and was named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. 

Kit grew up skiing in New England (her grandfather built the first chairlift at Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort). She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in environmental political science, where she took up trail running and rock climbing and earned a scholarship from the National Outdoor Leadership School to spend a semester in Alaska. After a decade in Telluride, Colorado, working on ski patrol at Telluride Ski Resort and with the elite San Miguel County Search and Rescue Team, she moved to the Tetons, where she lives today. While standing atop a peak in Sikkim, India in 1998, Kit decided she wanted to be a ski mountaineer and while competing on the freeskiing circuit, she formed the idea to climb and ski the highest peaks in the world. 

Kit remains at the forefront of ski mountaineering, leading expeditions, skiing high peaks, protecting wild spaces and raising two daughters to accomplish anything they set their minds to. 

Adrian Ballinger

Benefits Truckee Tahoe Land Trust

As a professional athlete first and foremost, Adrian is the only American who has skied two 8,000 meter peaks, was the first person to ski Manaslu, the 8th tallest mountain in the world, and in 2011 became the first person to summit three 8,000 meter peaks in only 3 weeks (Everest twice and Lhotse once). He is the only American guide to have both AMGA/IFMGA guide’s certifications and has achieved more than 10 summits of 8,000 meter peaks (including 6 summits of Mt. Everest). In the fall of 2019 Ballinger became one of the few people on the planet to summit K2, the second-highest peak in the world, without the use of supplemental oxygen.

Hadley Hammer

Benefits the Tahoe Fund

For most big mountain skiers, powder, mountains and big lines occupy the entirety of their daylight hours and even dreams. Hadley Hammer does not fit this stereotype. Though she crushes the big lines with the best of them as demonstrated with her competition record on the Freeride World Tour, Hadley also happens to be a sommelier, gourmet chef, book nerd, showcase Mountain Athlete and climber to name just a fraction of her side hobbies. Growing up in Jackson, WY, Hadley was brought up in the mountains, spending all her time chasing her brothers around the Tetons. As college approached, Hadley recognized the benefits of a formal career outside of her mountain life though and headed east for a B.A in Hospitality and Economics. After a few years working in the urban hotel world, she recognized a key component missing and headed back to her mountain base to achieve a greater balance between career and lifestyle. Cultivated by rock climbing and skiing before she could even walk, balance is the name of her game and now manifests itself in her big mountain skiing pursuits and complimentary lifestyle.

Presented by Alpenglow Sports