Explore the Upper Peninsula of Michigan First!
Plake's 'Down Home Tour'
Dazzles Marquette Mountain
January 11, 2008
by Jesie Melchiori and Kimber Olli, UPfirst contributors
and Michaeleen O'Sullivan, UPfirst feature writer
own ski great Walt Cook (center) with ski champ Glen Plake
John Stewart (left) with Sharpie for helmet-signing in hand
courtesy Jesie Melchiori, Marquette Mountain
movie great and Two Time World Champion Hot Dog Skier Glen Plake,
and his wife, Kimberly Plake, made a dazzling appearance at
Marquette Mountain Sunday during their Down Home Tour Upper
Left: Glen signing autographs for the Weber Brothers and Bradley
Right: Glen posing with JT and Tyler Melchiori
Jesie Melchiori, MM
Melchiori's January 8, 2008, Marquette Mountain
newsletter, Downhome Tour Marquette Mountain
Style, shares exciting photos and details,
Kids and adults
spinning down the mountain like ballerinas and even a chain of
them were seen from time to time, all holding poles making a
spiral down the Mountain.
And there he was in
the middle of it all: Two Time World Champion Hot Dog
"It was a day like none
other at the Mountain today," Jesie's newsletter begins. She
describes a full day for the Plakes of skiing, playing and sharing
with local folks. "And that Kimberly, she even went back to
the motor home between runs to cook brownies for locals to munch on
while she herself grilled the burgers." Glen's parting words:
"Thanks for your hospitality! This is everything our hometown
tour is supposed to be."
Glen with our Marquette Mountain Special Olympic Team
Jesie Melchiori, MM
you're on MM's list, watch for Jesie's Downhome Tour MM Style
newsletter coming soon
Keep up with Glen and
Kimberly on their Down Home Tour blog at
Heavenly Lake Tahoe's
Glen's latest story starts in the UP: "I’m
in Ishpeming UP Michigan across the street from
the US National Skiing Hall of Fame, which we
wanna visit." Glen describes Pine Mountain and leaves off still in the UP:
This place is all about introducing skiing
to people, beginner packages are almost
free. Passes are cheap, it is an asset to
the surrounding communities and wants to be.
“Skiing is not an expensive elitist
activity.” It’s a pastime to be enjoyed by
all, and Pine Mountain is doing it!
more to come….
Several local "comments" on Glen's blog express
our Upper Peninsula appreciation to the Plakes.
Here's one from Lindsay Vogel:
Lindsay Vogel Says:
2008 at 9:05 am
Glen and Kimberly came to Marquette Mountain
in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan on Sunday
January 6th. Glen skied with about 8 kids
from the hill and gave them a memory they
will surely never forget. It was SO cool to
have an icon such as Glen take time out of
his schedule and life to promote skiing with
little ones. I think it is fair for me to
say THANKS from everyone at Marquette
Glen and Kimberly's Gold
Nastar Race Results from Marquette Mountain
Kimber Olli and Nastar:
and Kimberly Plake excited our little UP community to the extreme.
We're thankful they made the Upper Peninsula a destination in
their Heavenly Down Home Tour!
Upper Peninsula rated #6
on Weather Channel's
Top 10 List of Winter Family Getaways
Weather Channel Excerpt Jan. 10, 2008:
Winter Wonderland: Upper Peninsula, Michigan
brood embraces even the heaviest snows of deepest
winter, Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a can't-miss
destination for your family. Yes, only the
truly well-shod, hearty and adventurous need apply.
But if zero crowds, mile after mile of near-virgin snow and
family time in a rustic cabin by a roaring fire
sound good to you, then look no further. The UP has
everything you're dreaming of.
Hearty UP Winter
Rick Owen (center)
and Kimber Olli (left) (and
Carving up Prime Rib at Marquette Mountain
photo by Todd Carter, UPfirst staff photographer
Full Article - Weather Channel Top 10 List of
Winter Family Getaways: