Sierra cinema: 11th Alpenglow Winter Film series returns to Squaw Valley |

Sierra cinema: 11th Alpenglow Winter Film series returns to Squaw Valley

Will Gadd ice-climbs Hunlen Falls in British Columbia, Canada. Hunlen Falls is potentially one of the world's tallest vertical frozen waterfalls.
Courtesy Christian Pondella |

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — This week, the 11th annual Alpenglow Winter Film Series returns — and the folks at Alpenglow Sports have not disappointed this year.

The series kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge.

As a tradition and a salute to Dave Nettle, who inspired the inception of this community event 11 years ago, each season always begins with local hero Nettle. Living life to the fullest through mountain adventures while having fun with great friends is the theme of each of Nettle’s stories.

Join Nettle for a presentation of images and humorous narrative from his adventure this past April with six friends traveling to the Tyrol region of Austria and skiing from hut to hut across the rugged Stubai Alps. The show will highlight the Stubai Alps spectacular scenery, alpine terrain and ski touring challenges as well as the fun and relaxing day to day life in the huts along the way.

The Alpenglow Winter Film Series — designed to inspire, motivate and educate — runs from November through February and showcases five famous athletes who tell various tales of adventure from remote mountain ranges across the globe. All shows are free, and raffle prizes from sponsors are sold to raise funds for local nonprofit organizations.

To date, the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series has raised over $70,000 for the North Lake Tahoe nonprofit community. Past beneficiaries include the Sierra Avalanche Center, Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, Disabled Sports Far West, the Tahoe Food Hub, High Fives Foundation and many more.

The series continues Dec. 1 with Canadian ice climber and paragliding pilot Will Gadd, whose show “30 Trips of a Lifetime in 60 High-Speed Minutes: Winning the X Games, Ice Climbing Niagara Falls, and Paragliding Over the Grand Canyon” is not to be missed.

Next up is Tommy Caldwell (Jan. 5), who will present a once-in-a-lifetime show on his historic ascent of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall, the hardest traditional free-climb on earth.

Lastly, on Feb. 23, high-altitude mountaineers Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards will round out the series with a tandem show on their #EverestNoFilter oxygen-less, Snapchat-captured attempt of the world’s tallest peak, 20,330-foot Mt. Everest.

All shows begin at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6:15.

Information for this article was provided by the Tahoe City-based business Alpenglow Sports. Visit to learn more.

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