Glen Blake video at Hunter Mtn.
I hear he just passed his PSIA level 3 there.
Just for a moment, say nobody had heard of him yet and he showed up in character for ski school dry land training and fall tryouts. Would the hair prevent him from getting hired? I've known some directors that would look past the look and hire him, and I've known some that wouldn't even consider someone with any kind of "rebel" attitude look.
So very glad that he never had to even consider compromising his infinite stoke or principles. He certainly is on the top ten all time for inspirational gregarious and skiers of all time.
"...He was obviously talented, but at the same time he was stubbornly independent—rules do not sit well with Plake—and he was booted off the team at 15. "Ever since I was six or seven," he says, "all I really wanted to do was ski down a hill and have everybody say, 'There goes Glen.' "
To achieve this goal Plake skied constantly, to the exclusion of academics: He dropped out of high school after his sophomore year. His flamboyance was more suited to the burgeoning sport of mogul skiing, or hotdogging, as it used to be called, and he was ranked as high as 10th in the nation in 1985. But moguling, too, had specific rules, and his differences with the U.S. Ski Team led to his departure from the team the same year. He was 21 years old and penniless—"I qualified for welfare," he says—when, in 1986, he learned that ski filmmaker Greg Stump would be shooting his next movie at an area near Plake's home in California's Squaw Valley."
~ from Sports Illustrated
I remember my annual November haircuts fondly.
Plake is a great ambassador for us all that love this sport. He just enjoys sharing his love of the sport with his wonderful partner in life Kimberly. Awesome people and an asset to PSIA.