In 2022, after two years of pandemic uncertainty, severe economic hardship, and international travel restrictions, the high mountain huts and ski resorts throughout Europe began to open again. Ski mountaineers were enthusiastically welcomed back to enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery, challenging ski terrain, excellent cuisine, and the traditional warm and friendly hospitality of the mountain regions. For Winter Speaker Series founder Dave Nettle, it was definitely time for a return to the Alps.
Join Dave Nettle for his inspiring and humorous A “Post Covid” Ski Mountaineering Journey, a trip through five countries with an entertaining and motivated cast of friends during the spring of 2022. The presentation highlights their week-long hut-to-hut ski tour on the French Vanoise Haute Route. This hut trip, which lies mostly within the Vanoise National Park, traverses some of the most remote and dramatic high alpine glacial terrain in the Alps, despite the fact it borders one of the largest, interconnected ski resort complexes in Europe.
Europe, like Tahoe, had a winter season with a minimal Spring snowpack and long gaps in between mostly warm, rainy storms. As Dave’s ski mountaineering journey and narrative unfolds it’s clear that having solid friends, being flexible, adjusting plans quickly, having a positive attitude, and just being plain old lucky is a life strategy he embraces that keeps his travels, friendships, and adventures fun and successful.
Dinner will be available from our friends at MOGROG Rotisserie. 15% of all food sales will go to benefit the nonprofit beneficiary of the evening.
The beneficiary of our final Winter Speaker Series show with Dave Nettle is Gateway Mountain Center. If you are planning to attend the events in person at Olympic Valley Lodge, you do not need to register, merely show up and join the fun. Each show will also be live streamed on Alpenglow’s YouTube channel. No registration is required to watch online. For the 2022-23 season, there will be two giveaways per show. The much loved and anticipated in-person giveaway will return after a Covid-safety hiatus and will be for all in-person attendees who purchase physical giveaway tickets at the show. The second giveaway will happen on our YouTube channel the morning after the event, and will include all giveaway tickets that were purchased online by viewers tuning in from afar. Prizes for each giveaway are DIFFERENT and you are allowed to purchase tickets at both. Tickets for the online giveaway can be purchased at ANY time prior to the show AND until 1159pm PST on the night of the event HERE.
As an innovator in youth development, Gateway Mountain Center’s mission is to positively transform the lives of youth. By connecting to self, nature, and community, youth of all backgrounds learn, heal and thrive. Through high-impact nature-based learning, wellness adventures, and innovative, non-traditional therapeutic approaches to mental health and wellness, Gateway Mountain Center has served over 25,000 youth of all backgrounds.