Plake is clearly special though. He has a way of speaking that clearly conveys what he's saying. Very simple and direct yet very eloquent. Skiing's source is the mountains. People have a special relationship with the mountains. Even on the smallest hill, if you're moving on skis you're part of the mountains. Plake conveys this like no one else. He's one of the great spokesmen for the sport. I could never understand in the movie Steep why he wasn't used more. I think he could've been the thread that held the film together. No one else in that movie, or the ski world perhaps, spans as many generations and cultures as Plake. Too much of him was edited out. It's nice to see that he'll be in this one.
If you haven't read Edge of Never I'd highly recommend it. I don't know any other book that conveys skiing in extreme terrain like that one. There are passages in the book that will raise your heart rate, change your breathing and maybe even have you sweating just reading it. I'd recommend reading it where you have enough time to finish it in one sitting or you'll just be wanting to get back to it and be highly irritable and annoying to those around you.
Edited by Tog - 9/29/09 at 1:01pm