The first time on skis at age two had a lasting impression on Glen Plake, and he has dedicated his life to the sport ever since. A California native, Glen was a featured skier in two of Greg Stump’s early films, which exposed Glen to the skiing world.
Ski racing on the U.S. National Mogul Team honed his technical skills. Working with some believers/sponsors, Glen began to change people’s perceptions of professional sports, and he is often referred to as the pioneer of action sports. Chamonix exposed Glen to the world of mountaineering, and following in the traditions of extreme skiing, Glen has had first descents in Europe, North and South America, and Asia.
Glen’s continual quest to promote the sport also takes him to some unlikely ski places across the U.S. Glen and his wife, Kimberly, travel to the smaller ski areas in grassroots form; skiing with the locals at their home mountains. Glen and Kimberly are skiing vagabonds living on the road and vacationing at their home in Nevada and apartment in Chamonix, depending on the season.
Glen is not only a snow skier he is a National Champion Waterskier in both Slalom and Racing “skiing at over 100 mph.” He has also won multiple titles in Off-Road Rally Racing in cars and on motorcycles including the Baja 1000 and 500, and has participated in the Dakar Rally.
Glen Plake was inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in April 2011.
Glen, an avid backcountry skier, recently skied with folks from Backcountry magazine (see a blog post here) and they profile him in the January 2012 issue of the magazine.
In Chamonix with Glen Plake: Video recap of the 2013 Julbo Glen Session.