Colorful ski personality Glen Plake to visit Winter Carnival
Steamboat Springs — Some call him skiing’s bad boy, while others say he’s a Mohawk-hairstyled extrovert. But whatever title is bestowed upon Glen Plake, the legendary skier claims to be a traditionalist at heart.
Plake – best known for his wild Mohawk hairstyle and his appearances in ski films such as Warren Miller’s “Sno What?” and Greg Stump’s “The Blizzard of Aahs” – is set to visit Steamboat Springs this weekend for Winter Carnival.
The Winter Carnival festivities will serve as a background to the TV program “Reel Thrills,” which Plake hosts on the RSN channel.
“Glen is quite the traditionalist when it comes to ski jumping and the history of the sport,” said David Hout, executive producer of “Reel Thrills.” According to the program’s Web site, Plake takes viewers on-location to events and venues that showcase the excitement of winter and summer sports.
“Glen really loves this kind of stuff, and he’ll be attending as many events this weekend as possible,” Hout said.
On his show, Plake has heli skied in the Canadian Selkirks; water skied at the Wisconsin Water Ski Tournament; visited the Flaming Leaves Festival in Lake Placid and the Whistler/Blackcomb winter sports training ground; mountain biked in West Virginia; attended a winter carnival in Montana; visited the Mammoth Mountain West Coast Invitational for freeriders; and toured New England ski resorts.
Plake is a two-time World Hot Dog Ski champion and is one of the most recognizable skiers in the world with his trademark Mohawk hairstyle. Prior to his Steamboat visit, Plake attended a four-day extreme skiing championship in Russia.
Some kids may dream of meeting Brett Favre, while others hope to hoop it up with Kobe Bryant. But in Steamboat, where kids are as likely to have a pair of skis as a basketball, Plake fans should keep an eye out for him this weekend at Howelsen Hill or cutting some turns at the Steamboat Ski Area.
Whether he will be sporting a Mohawk is still up for debate.
“It all depends on the temperature,” Hout said. “It’s still up in the air.”
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