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From the slopes to the tube

Ski personality Glen Plake to film TV show at Winter Carnival

Mike McCollum
Extreme ski legend Glen Plake will be in Steamboat Springs this weekend for Winter Carnival. Just look for the tall Mohawk at Winter Carnival street events and Sunday at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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— Skiing icon Glen Plake, who has graced the covers of ski magazines and dazzled winter sport enthusiasts in movies, will soon appear on Steamboat tv18.

Plake is set to visit Steamboat Springs this weekend for Winter Carnival, which will serve as a background to the TV program “Reel Thrills,” which Plake hosts for the RSN network. “Reel Thrills” is one of four RSN shows that air on Steamboat tv18, including “Extreme Scene,” “Movie Nights” and “RSN Outdoors.” “Reel Thrills” airs at 7 p.m. daily on Comcast cable channel 18 in Steamboat.

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” – plans to attend the Winter Carnival street and evening events Saturday before cutting some turns at the Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday.

“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.

Nate Pickens, Steamboat tv18’s technology director, said pairing Plake with Steamboat’s Winter Carnival is a perfect match.

“I saw Glen at an event in Vail, and when I approached him about coming to Winter Carnival, he immediately said he hasn’t been to Steamboat in so many years, and he wanted to make it happen,” Pickens said. “We got the ball rolling, and to have someone like Glen make a visit is a really cool thing.”

Steamboat tv18 is one of RSN’s 27 affiliates, which reach more than 100 U.S. ski areas.

On his show, Plake 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.

Plake fans should keep an eye out for him this weekend at Howelsen Hill and the Steamboat Ski Area.

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