Winter Film Series No. 3: Skiing 8,000-meter peaks in the Himalayas

Special to the Sun

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. – Alpenglow Sports is proud to announce the third installment of its annual Winter Film Series – local mountain guide and slideshow favorite Adrian Ballinger returns on Jan. 17 to talk about skiing 8,000-meter peaks in the Himalayas.

What happens when you combine a Russian who lives in Chamonix with a Brit who lives in Squaw Valley and send them to attempt to ski the 5th and 8th tallest mountains in the world? A great story!

Guide Adrian Ballinger has had a busy 12 months in the Himalaya, living in a yellow tent far more than his condo in Tahoe. Along the way he became the first person to ski from Manaslu’s true summit, failed to be the first person to ski from Makalu’s summit, skied some truly inspirational snow, skied some truly awful snow, almost lost a few toes, kicked off some very large avalanches, and, most importantly, survived. Join us for a story from the roof of the world about the very new world of 8000-meter peak ski guiding.

The founder and head guide of Alpenglow Expeditions, Ballinger has been guiding full-time for 15 years, and has led more than 100 international climbing expeditions on five continents. Adrian’s personal ascents include successful solo climbs of Ama Dablam in Nepal, Artesonraju in Peru, and alpine-style climbs on the South Ridge of Pumo Ri, the West Face of Cayesh, and the NE Ridge of Huascaran Norte.

Adrian has also successfully guided four of the world’s tallest peaks – Everest, Manaslu, Lhotse and Cho Oyu. This year, in addition to seven months guiding high altitude peaks worldwide, Adrian is also ski, ice, and rock guiding in his dual “hometowns” of Squaw Valley and Chamonix, France (with lots of time in nearby La Grave).

The Alpenglow Winter Film Series is free and is designed to motivate, inspire and educate. Amazing prizes from generous sponsors Goal Zero, Marmot, Kaenon, La Sportiva and Edelrid will be raffled to benefit the High Fives Foundation. Big Truck Hats will also be on hand.

Please note the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series has a new venue, Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge. Drink specials are available; show begins at 7 p.m. Call Alpenglow Sports at 530-583-6917 or email with questions.

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