The original mohawk is the legend of (free)skiing and one of the nicest guys around!
Glen Plake is a skier’s skier. What else would you call a man who first raced alpine disciplines, went on to freestyle, switched to moguls and then just kept going. His personality is as eclectic as his skiing career, as Plake has never allowed himself to be boxed in by established rules or norms. He is a Fully Certified L3DT PSIA Instructor/ AMGA Apprentice Mountain Guide and all around world class athlete. Plake was honored as the ESPN pioneer of action sports, opening the door for many of today’s heroes. In 2011, Glen was honored by the US National Ski Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the “Class of 2010” and is forever a part of ski history.
He is a skiing living legend who almost singlehandedly invented his own ski discipline. In fact, he invented several. His skiing is an uncanny mix of adrenalin, art, creativity, imagination, alpine classic, loud punk and above all his unique brand of shenanigans. He is the punk rocker of skiing and his mohawk has been his trademark for more than 25 years. He’s discovered terrain never skied before and as a result new places and customs. He has skied more places on the planet than a skier could ever dream of. The Rockies, the Alps, the Himalayas, the Andes, the Chugach, Hokkaido ... He is known everywhere and has friends all over the world.
Glen and his wife Kimberly are skiing vagabonds living continuously on the road and vacationing at their home in Nevada or their apartment in Chamonix France depending on the season. Elan has been his go-to brand for the past decade so he often drops by the factory in Slovenia as well.
Glen doesn’t just ski on snow, he is a National Champion Waterskier in both Slalom and marathon waterski racing “skiing at over 100 mph”. He has also won multiple titles in Off-Road Rally Racing including the Baja 1000 and 500, and has participated in the Dakar Rally and is a 508 (endurance cycling) solo finisher.
Today, Glen has created a learn to ski foundation, RG2 for the developing countries of Nepal, Ecuador, Peru and many more within the IFMGA mountain guide association which will educate these aspiring mountain guides with the life long skiing skills; enabling them to go faster, be safer and have confidence in their chosen mountain guiding career.
Glen Plake is one of the most recognizable skiers in the world. He is living proof that skiing is a synonym for unlimited imagination and a deep personal philosophy. Many films have been made about Glen and just about all of them became global hits in the free thinking skiing circles. In short, Glen Plake is a living legend.