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post #31 of 51
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Originally Posted by philippeR View Post
From Native.



Are those modern K2s ? They look old to me.
(Look at the SKIS ! I said, the SKIS !)
Kim is in Kryptons too. (I have been married 20+ years, yes I am looking at the gear )

And if anyone has met her, she is also as nice of a person as Glen is. That picture floating around here of Glenn, my son and I...Kim took with my camera (I will never wash the shutter again)
post #32 of 51
I'm in the GP generation and I think this is a great announcement and partnership. All of the team riders for Elan are mostly European and have little presence in the US market. This is will definitely have a significant impact for Elan in the US.

BTW - I had no idea I was clairvoyant - I was skiing on Dalbello and Elan last season - they must've seen me somewhere and decided it was a good idea .
post #33 of 51
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Kim is in Kryptons too. (I have been married 20+ years, yes I am looking at the gear )
...
Wow, that's a serious foot fetish

Anyhow, can you identify plake's skis ?
post #34 of 51
I've met Glen and he is an awesome guy, great ambassador for skiing. What I was referring to with the R&D was more on the ski side than the boot side. I know he had a lot to do with the Krypton. I don't agree with him that shaped skis suck, although there are many shaped skis that do suck, the concept is great. You couldn't pay me to go back to the straight skis he loves to ski on, but I think he's earned the right to make those decisions and have those opinions. I think this is huge for Elan, just dont' expect any "revolutionary" designs to come out it.
post #35 of 51
A match made in heaven
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post #36 of 51
This is definitely news I think. Glen Plake and K2 - seemed inseparable.

There are younger guys who idolize him too - my younger cousin the instructor and his crowd for sure. He's a great ambassador - it'll be interesting to see if he comes up with some new designs or throwbacks or whatever.
post #37 of 51
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Kim is in Kryptons too. (I have been married 20+ years, yes I am looking at the gear )
That's a tricked-out neon jumpsuit on the left.
post #38 of 51
Even Kim goes old school...
post #39 of 51
I wonder if she's part of the deal with Elan.

With shots like this, she could be worth as much as Genn, or more...

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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Even Kim goes old school...
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post
I wonder if she's part of the deal with Elan.

With shots like this, she could be worth as much as Genn, or more...
She is. (from the article linked in the first post)

"Glen’s wife Kimberly will also join the Elan team working with the W Studio women’s program as a member of the design and development team. Kimberly Plake is almost as well known as her husband in her own right and she is no stranger in the world of women’s style and fashion.
Kimberly Plake is a former Miss Texas beauty pageant finalist and commercial print model. More recently she has worked as a fashion consultant with the RSN Resort Sport Network Television channel. She is a nationally ranked waterskier, as well as one of the hottest women mogul skiers in the USA. It is not ironic to hear Kimberly and Glen affectionately referred to as “Beauty and the Beast”.
Glen and Kimberly will embark on fall and winter promotional tour for Elan and Dalbello that is currently in the planning"

(I'm actualy posting this as an excuse for another gratuitous shot of Kim Plake )

post #41 of 51
Bottomline is that it can only be a good thing for Elan.

I don't know about the rest of you, but last season when I was demoing, trying to find shops that carried Elan around the SF Bay and Tahoe was a bit of a b!tch.

I only know of two shops: Tahoe Boot N Bike Works at the base of the Heavenly Gondola (they only had the race models and a few of the all-mountain models in stock, though) and Northstar (the latter only had the Magfire 12 and a few other models available for demo). The only other time I've seen them is at either Copeland's or Sport's Authority, usually on clearance.

I would have liked to have tried some of their other models and who knows, hopefully with Plake they'll become a bit more accessible here in Cali.
post #42 of 51
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Originally Posted by philippeR View Post
Anyhow, can you identify plake's skis ?
They look like GS Race 10.0 from the mid 90's.
post #43 of 51
I guess we know how Glenn stays in shape for all that "bump" skiing!

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(I'm actualy posting this as an excuse for another gratuitous shot of Kim Plake )

post #44 of 51

Soft round bumps ... what? I said ...

LOL - good one.
post #45 of 51
It is official, Elan will be handled by the Dalbello reps. Blizzard and Dolomite are still up in the air.
post #46 of 51
I met Glen Plake tonight at the Snowsports Expo in Denver (more on that in another post I'll put up), but I wanted to mention in this thread that Glen did confirm that he is working on new skis with Elan (one of the reasons for his jump from K2) and the first one he's designing right now is a new mogul ski.

P.S. One of the funniest things that happened while I was talking to him was a small kid came up to him with a poster to get his autograph. The poster was a K2 poster with Glen on it (of course). Glen asked the kid his name and he began signing it. I was watching what he was writing and he wrote right across the K2 lettering "BUY ELAN SKIS". He did this covertly without letting the kid see what he was writing and then he folded up the poster and handed it to him while he gave me a half grin and a wink of the eye. Classic.
post #47 of 51
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
Just to clarify, Plake - regardless of what you think of his skiing - is an icon of the sport. I had the chance to spend a few days with him when one of the Warrne Miller movies came through town, and he is one of the most enthusiastic people I have ever met in terms of his love of skiing. Those 'old 225's' that he skis on are actually current model K2 speed skis SG and DH respectively. He is a great guy, and in terms of PR would be great for any company to have on board because he literally goes out of his way to draw people into the sport. Those who have ever spent time with him know his personality. Interestingly I have met a lot of people who have met him or known him and they all say the same thing. I really don't think it is costing Elan very much to have him on board, and he gets to stay involved with the sport that he loves and has done so much for. Elan certainly isn't losing anything by having him on their roster - thats for sure. K2 however, lost a skiing icon that, in terms of brand/industry recognition, still generated a lot of respect and because of promotional tours like Warren Miller promoted their products to thousands of people on a one-on-one basis. [Plus he Rolled up in a big van with K2 plastered across the side]
Later
GREG
2X
Eight years ago, Jake, my 10 year old son, had been skiing for two years.
I had managed to convince him that skiing was cool, plying him with videos like Natural Born Skier and Blizzard of Ahhhs.
All of his friends were snowboarders, however, and peer pressure was starting to take it's toll.
Jake was wavering.
We went to the Chicago Ski Show, where Plake was scheduled to appear.
Glenn was genuinely stoked to sign Jake's Natural Born Skier cover, and proceeded to talk to us for over 20 minutes, laughing and truly enjoying himself.
Skiing was cool.
Boarding never had another chance.
A year later, Jake won Powder Mag's kid's "Design-your-own-ski" contest with his version of The Plake.

This is what Plake brings to the table. That night he added at least one more lifelong skier to the industry along with all the associated equipment he, and (some day) his family will buy.
post #48 of 51
I remember getting on the tram that day and looking at him walking by stopping 20 feet away. Then telling my super the dumbest statement ever. Thats glen plake.

Pretty cool to meet him as it seems everyone else has too lol. I wish my picture didnt get butchered by my computer JONG dad.



he had 190cm K2 nearly straight skis at snowbird.
post #49 of 51
I don't know anyone who has had a bad experience with Plake.
post #50 of 51
Plake is THE best ambassador our sport has. His positive attitude and genuine love of the sport spill over and effect new skiers and inject new spirit into seasoned pros. He is happy skiing 400 vertical feet or Ripping lines in Chamonix.
I wish him nothing but the best.
post #51 of 51
Hey Phil,
You must not have played golf with him!
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