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Tailgate Talk and Happy Hour: Jim Zellers

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February 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Available 111 Cost Free


Alpenglow Sports
415 N Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96145 United States
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Jim Zellers


There are many exciting and engaging nightly presentations and happy hours during Mountain Festival. One that we are very excited about is local hero Jim Zellers, the presenter at our Tailgate Talk on Tuesday, February 18th at 7pm.

One of big mountain snowboarding’s pioneers, Jim Zellers has been there from beginning—establishing the sport in Tahoe after being banished to Slide Mountain and Donner Ski Ranch, exploring Alaska in the early days and leading snowboarding mountaineering expeditions around the world. Jim’s first snowboard descents include Mt. McKinley. Nepal’s Pumori, New Zealand’s Mt. Cook, Africa’s Mt. Kenya, and, Yosemite’s Half Dome.

Jim grew up in Cupertino, California, making trips to Tahoe through his childhood (and first sliding sideways on a $49.95 bindingless Tom Sims Ski Board in 1978) until he eventually moved to Truckee at age 18. While attending the University of Nevada, Reno, Jim started rock climbing and soon combined it with his passion for snowboarding to venture deeper into the Range of Light and beyond. Jim has supported himself as a construction worker, a furniture maker, a commercial stuntman, a pro snowboarder and now as the founder of High Camp, an internal branding and culture building company.

A TNF athlete since 1988, Jim still believes his backyard is the future of exploration. While many seek remote locations from home, Jim knows the Sierra hold enough adventure for a lifetime. Accomplishments. He designed and built his home with his wife Bonnie, a former TNF athlete, and raised two boys who are now off to college.

Join Jim for a historical journy down snowboarding’s memory lane.

The Tailgate Talks have become a cherished tradition at Alpenglow Sports over the past 11 years, with the intention to bring the greater North Lake Tahoe community together to learn about and celebrate the various aspects of the mountains that we all love, at no cost. Bringing in a series of speakers and athletes passionate about their respective sports, the environment, and the greater community, the Tailgate Talks are the ultimate way to come together and connect with our neighbors. We look forward to seeing you there!

Beverage sales at Tailgate Talks for Mountain Festival will benefit the Tahoe Backcountry Alliance.

Sponsored by The North Face
Raffle & Bar Proceeds Benefit Tahoe Backcountry Alliance


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