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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

Mr. Plake, I'm a reasonably normal, heterosexual male in his late thirties. Ever since I began skiing about 15 years ago I've wanted to ski with you. I used to take weekend trips to local New England ski resorts and I'd watch the RSN channel or ski movies. It seemed without exception that I would see you meeting people, skiing, climbing etc.. with the most infectious enthusiasm. You helped me realize how much fun skiing could be. As I got older and my skiing got better and life a little more stressful I appreciate that enthusiasm and zest for life that much more. Now I ski 60 days a year and share in a ski house. I still enjoy seeing "reel thrills" "the down home tour" or anything else you are in.

I will be in Heavenly March 3rd- 9th it would be an honor to take a couple of runs with you and something that is on my bucket list.

Hopefully this will find you and you are around during those dates.

I hope you are well you bring me great pleasure in just doing what you do. Cheers!!

 

Ski=free

post #2 of 26

For some reason this post reminded me of an old ski video in which Plake is asked the question, "If you could be any animal, what would it be?"  Without hesitation Plake responded "me," and then broke into his crazy laugh, but there was no doubt he meant it.

 

Ski=Free, I sincerely hope you get to take a run or two with Mr. Plake some time.

post #3 of 26


 

Though Glen Plake is obviously one of a kind, there are many,many other soulful skiers like him out there just as exciting to ski with, some maybe more so.  At last I'd like to hope so because there is no way to get to ski with everybody we'd like to.  It would really make a sweet trip report to post though.  Good luck and have a blast in March regardless.

post #4 of 26

Plake is the best. I love watching him on the local ski town channels with his infectious enthusiasm and laugh. I'm recalling one of the shows he did about the guy out at Steamboat that dresses up with all the Christmas lights, and as they show this guy in his lighted costume Plake narrates if you haven't seen this guy (calls him by his name) you need to in a matter of fact serious tone.

 

I think its great Plake is still part of this country's ski fabric and I love it that he gets out there and skis at the smaller areas. Enthusiasm is infectious, and he has it in spades.

post #5 of 26

One of my best ski memories was skiing at Sierra @Tahoe circa. 2002. Well they used to have free 2 hour lessons (what a great idea)-we were skiing bumps in this lesson and just as we stopped as a group-Glen Plake comes skimming down/through on his big boards-

 

Instructor "Thats the way to ski the bumps!!"

FNA

post #6 of 26

you say you want to ski with a guy because he has a great attitude, and Glen certainly does, but it sounds like hero-worship and you couldn't project that onto a guy who would feel more awkward about it. don't you have cool friends to ski with?

post #7 of 26

Happened to run into Plake in the Denver airport last winter.  I was stranded trying to get to Steamboat and he was sitting in a shoe shine booth getting his shoes worked on.  Walked up, introduced myself and chatted for a quick minute.  Nice guy and a good ambassador.  Reminds me of a quote of his I ran across somewhere:

 

"Skiing, whether you're in Wisconsin or the Alps, is a dumb*ss hick country sport that takes place in the middle of winter on a mountain at the end of a dirt road."
-Glen Plake

post #8 of 26

I wonder who Glen Plake would put on his list of ten people he really wants to ski with or ski with again?

post #9 of 26

I actually met him (and a few other of my skiing heroes) a couple weeks ago.  I was astounded by how nice and genuine they seemed.  Now I've just gotta ski with them.

post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by Rauch View Post

I actually met him (and a few other of my skiing heroes) a couple weeks ago.  I was astounded by how nice and genuine they seemed.  Now I've just gotta ski with them.



I think most of the free-ski (I cannot talk about the race scene) industry "stars" are like this..... most have made a living doing something they love and appreciate they make there living by having people like us buy things they endorse.

 

I shared a few beers with a lot of the big names at this years Freshtival and all were very genuine and willing to spend time meeting their supporters.

 

Just add it to the list of why I love this sport...

post #11 of 26

I was there that day.  "ski with Plake".  So I did along with about two dozen other wannabes.  2002 and I was still on Olin Selkirk skis (or was it the Dynastar Power-carve)?  Yeah we hung with Plake until he effortlessly straightlined Dynamite.
 

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One of my best ski memories was skiing at Sierra @Tahoe circa. 2002. Well they used to have free 2 hour lessons (what a great idea)-we were skiing bumps in this lesson and just as we stopped as a group-Glen Plake comes skimming down/through on his big boards-

 

Instructor "Thats the way to ski the bumps!!"

FNA

post #12 of 26

I had the pleasure of being one of the judges at a "Miss Super Natural British Columbia" Contest with Mr. Plake back around '90 or '91.  The contest was part of the Vancouver Ski Show, and wasn't a very serious beauty contest -- I think the categories were ski wear, aerobics wear and swimwear...

 

It was really cool to just hang out, and talk with him for a couple of hours.  Super cool guy, with no arrogance at all.  I think Blizzard of Ahhhs was my favourite ski movie at the time, and I couldn't really believe that I was sitting around a table swapping stories with Glen Plake!

 

 

Z

post #13 of 26

I watched from the chair about 15 yrs ago as Plake skied the moguls at a competition on Grand Targee. It was pretty cool, made it look way easy. Ran into him later that day in the bar at the base of the mountain. He is a piece of work. Total comedy. My buddy in Jackson reminded me of that day earlier this summer. Good memories. 

post #14 of 26

Thanks to High North Ski Camp, I got to ski with Shane McConkey 10 years ago.  I hold him up there around Glen Plake status.  Would still be cool to ski with Plake too though.

post #15 of 26

Is Mr. Plake part of Epic Ski? Have anyone seen a post from him?

post #16 of 26

I met him at Jack Frost in the Poconos either last year or the year before.  He seemed very laid back and was happy to talk to anyone who wanted to talk to him.  My wife had her helmet autographed.  We saw him around the mountain teaching the ski school classes how to do flat spins and some other basic tricks.  I think he enjoyed it as much as they did.

post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 

So I had no idea he would be there but he was at the ski expo this weekend in Boston and had the true pleasure of meeting him and his amazingly sweet wife. He is just a great guy very down to earth and real. He will not be at Heavenly those dates but his wife told me where he'd be near me and if I found her she would hook us up!!

No hero worship at all, never have except as a kid worshiping Larry Bird and Troy Brown is close lol. I just appreciate the guy and his attitude and spirit.

The guy had made a living on his passion for life and his laugh, not skiing.

We talked for a good ten minutes and it was a lot of fun.

More people like Plake needed!!!!

Thanks Glenn!!!

post #18 of 26

Wow!  That's a great experience.

 

Mike

post #19 of 26


 

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Originally Posted by ski=free View Post

So I had no idea he would be there but he was at the ski expo this weekend in Boston and had the true pleasure of meeting him and his amazingly sweet wife. He is just a great guy very down to earth and real. He will not be at Heavenly those dates but his wife told me where he'd be near me and if I found her she would hook us up!!

No hero worship at all, never have except as a kid worshiping Larry Bird and Troy Brown is close lol. I just appreciate the guy and his attitude and spirit.

The guy had made a living on his passion for life and his laugh, not skiing.

We talked for a good ten minutes and it was a lot of fun.

More people like Plake needed!!!!

Thanks Glenn!!!


I don't strictly believe in karma, but the good vibes you started in this thread sure came back to you in a big wayicon14.gif

Did you tell Mr. Plake to check out epicski?

post #20 of 26

Really cool guy.  I skied with him a couple years ago when he showed up at our local hill.  I even got to race against him in Nastar that day.  I set the course and was the

 

pacesetter....

 

http://skiracing.nastar.com/index.jsp?pagename=raceresults&race=57425&order=besthandicap&year=2008

 

 

post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by Artemat View Post

Is Mr. Plake part of Epic Ski? Have anyone seen a post from him?


You just never know do you? Bill Kerig has friends here obviously, so is a reader participent probibly, Bill knows Glen obviously ( Edge of Never)

Chances are if he doesn't post here he reads here from time to time, if he posts who's name ? ( Maybe Chaos even)

So it wouldn't surprise me one little bit and I hope Ski free gets a chance one day to ride a chair with him for 1 run if that would make a great season for him!!

GL Ski free
 

post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by ski=free View Post

So I had no idea he would be there but he was at the ski expo this weekend in Boston and had the true pleasure of meeting him and his amazingly sweet wife. He is just a great guy very down to earth and real. He will not be at Heavenly those dates but his wife told me where he'd be near me and if I found her she would hook us up!!

No hero worship at all, never have except as a kid worshiping Larry Bird and Troy Brown is close lol. I just appreciate the guy and his attitude and spirit.

The guy had made a living on his passion for life and his laugh, not skiing.

We talked for a good ten minutes and it was a lot of fun.

More people like Plake needed!!!!

Thanks Glenn!!!


I don't strictly believe in karma, but the good vibes you started in this thread sure came back to you in a big wayicon14.gif

Did you tell Mr. Plake to check out epicski?


I did tell his wife. I happened apon him there was a line of people waiting to talk and get his autograph. She was holding a sign saying come back tomorrow Glenn is done tonight or something to that effect. So I told her about my open letter on Epic and that I was a huge fan etc... She pushed me infront of her and allowed me to meet Glen.

He will be skiing in New England soon. If you are interested in knowing where PM me. This may be public knowledge or not I'm not sure. All I know is I'll be there and if I can find his wife... I'' be taking runs with Plake.

post #23 of 26

I missed him last year at Mission Ridge,,,,,, I didn't know who he was not untill after he left. Bummer.

post #24 of 26

Met him a couple years ago at a local shop.  The guy is STOKE personified.  He had a lot of good things to say about my home hill, and as it's all of 300', that's saying a lot. 

 

He gets it. 

post #25 of 26

Here's another story about what a great guy Plake is.  Back in 2002 while Snowbasin was preparing for the Olympics, Glen was there doing some on hill video promotion.  My son was a junior racer on Snowbaisn team.  I watched the vido session and asked Glen if he would stop by the course where the team was training and speak to the racers.  Not only did he spend time encouraging the team, he actually ran the slalom course on his 210's!  Great guy, thanks again Glen....

post #26 of 26

I love this thread.  With the exception of CRGildart and Davluri trying to dash/dampen someone's dreams, the stoke of Glen and his enthusiasm are infectious.  Glad you got to meet him ski=free, and good luck getting some turns in too.  FYI, telling someone that their favorite person< or = to some other random skier is ridiculous.  That is the same as saying, "MJ?  Pshh, Kobe would be more interesting.  Dale Earnhardt?  Pshh, Dick Trickle will do.  Jerry Rice?  Pshh, T.O. is where it's at.  Bobby Jones?  Pshh, Vijay Singh is just as exciting.  Nolan Ryan?  Pshh, Stephen Strasburg is just as sweet.  The flying tomato?  Pshh, I'd rather talk to Chaos (no offense chaos)."  It's just not the same bucko.  If you ask me (which I know you aren't), I'd say Glen would much rather take a spin with Mr. Free than yourself mr. hoity toity, and with the story about being pushed to the front of the line, I'd say the person that knows him best would disagree with you as well.

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