Freestyle skiers Plake makes Bluewood appearance

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DAYTON - Glens Plake, one of the most distinctive figures in American Freestyle skiing and extreme sports, and his wife, Kimberly, brought their Downhome Tour to Bluewood on Sunday.

Plake interacted with local skiers, teaching ski tricks and games that even had the ski instructors laughing and rolling in the snow.

Plake is known for his appearance in ski films such as "The Blizzard of Aahs," and for his trademark Mohawk hairstyle. He has become an ambassador for Learn to Ski Month each January.

Plake has been training in the Pacific Northwest with the Professional Snowports Instructors of America(PSIA) to receive his teaching certifications. Instructors at Bluewood, also in training, were in the middle of clinics with pro John May from Portland when Plake joined the group.

Plake and his wife travel a pre-determined region of the country each year, and visit ski areas on the Downhome Tour.

On Sunday, Glen Plake signed autographs and handed out posters after a day of skiing at Bluewood, while Kimberly engaged the crowd and gave away goggles, hats and ski poles.

"This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Bluewood, for our skiers and for us personally, to have such a famous and outstanding representative of our sport come to our mountain just to have fun with us," Bluewood owner Mike Stephenson said. "They made us feel like we were the celebrities."

The Plakes are on their way to Sun Valley, where Plake will be inducted into the The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

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