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September 9, 1964|
|Known for||Freestyle Skiing, and ski film appearances, notably Greg Stump's The Blizzard of Aahhhs, Warren Miller films and 2007 documentary film, Steep|
Glen Plake (born 9 September 1964) is an American Freestyle skier. Born in Livermore, California, he grew up in Lake Tahoe, skiing Heavenly Valley. He is known for his appearances in ski films such as Greg Stump's The Blizzard of Aahhhs, and for his trademark Mohawk hairstyle, often dyed blonde, purple or blue. Plake was a pioneer of extreme skiing in America. He hosted the RSN program Reel Thrills.
According to his official biography:
"...it was his third-grade teacher who used a Möbius flip from the seminal film Ski the Outer Limits (1969) as a way of demonstrating math that turned his life. For Glen, there fell into place a connection between skiing and the wider world, an understanding that there were deeper forces beneath this sliding on snow. In that brief flash of insight, Plake knew that skiing held something greater for him."
Notable achievements and appearances
In 2003 Plake was awarded a Ski Club of Great Britain Centenary Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution and influence upon snowsports.
In 2006 Glen joined a French Steep Skiing expedition to India, successfully climbing and skiing three new routes in Indian Himalaya. The Rice on Ice film can be found on YouTube.
In late 2007, Plake also appeared in a tourism commercial for the state of California, emphasizing winter sports. At one point he is seen "flipping" up his mohawk, and later in the commercial he is seen airborne on skis.
In 2008 Plake, accompanied by climbing partner Remy Lecluse, had a successful expedition in the Villaconota range in Southern Peru.
In September 2009, Plake was named spokesperson of Learn a Snowsport Month (LASSM), a "public awareness initiative designed to encourage participation in skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing."
Plake is an active member of PSIA. In May 2011 he passed his Level III Skiing Examination at Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, CA. This is the highest level of certification for instruction in the United States. His goal is to complete his certifications in different regions within PSIA. He completed his Level I in the Rocky Mountain Region and his Level II in the Pacific Northwest. He plans to complete the teaching module of the Level III standard in the Northeast next season.
While not an exhaustive list, Plake has been featured in a number of ski films, including:
- Cheap Ski Movie (2010)
- The Edge of Never (2009)
- Steep (2007)
- Warren Miller's Higher Ground (2005)
- Warren Miller's Impact (2004)
- Warren Miller's Journey (2003)
- Mercon Industry's Guatemalan Persuader (2003)
- Warren Miller's Cold Fusion (2001)
- Fistful of Moguls (1998) with Jonny Moseley
- License to Thrill (1989)
- The Blizzard of Aahhhs (1988)
- Maltese Flamingo (1986)
- California Cruising ROBERT UPE November 13, 2008, Sydney Morning Herald
- The Blizzard of Aahhh's on the Internet Movie Database
- A Hair-raising Hero -- With his gonzo exploits, extreme skier Glen Plake wows legions of fans (January 24, 1994) Sports Illustrated Vault (A CNN Network Site)
- Glen Plake Joins Elan – Ski Review
- Press release on Learn a Snowport Month website
- Professional Ski Instructors of America
- The Edge of Never Cast and Crew The Edge of Never Website
- Steep on The Documentary Group's (production company) website
- Warren Miller's Higher Ground (2005) NY Times
- Steve Casimiro, "Glen Plake: Soul Man", Skiing
- Glen Plake's Moguls Preview on The Ski Channel