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TWSSF announces Glen Plake to join Words and Stories storytelling event

By Nicole Fitzgerald

Perhaps the most recognizable skier in the world joins the storytelling lineup for the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival in April.

Glen Plake’s signature mohawk and freestyle skiing feats make the three-time World Hot Dog Ski Champion a historic figure in the world of extreme sports.

His most famous flick appearances include Blizzard of AaaHhh’s, License to Thrill, Natural Born Skier, Fistful of Moguls and most recently, Warren Miller’s Higher Ground .

He might ride new skis, but the snow slider still rips up that old punker attitude, a perfect match for spinning entertaining yarns for the Words and Stories showcase.

Words and Stories stages the most unconventional storytellers and stories in one tantilizing evening of speaking streams, hip hop spins and conscious prose. Anything goes for this 21 st century storytelling night of entertainment.

Along with Plake, other yarns will be spun by Eric Berger and Jack Turner, the forces behind the legendary Photographer’s Showdown; Feet Banks, never one to mince words in his Pique movie column Notes From the Back Row; Lisa Richardson, Slow Food Cycle Sunday founder and Whistler Writers Group fan; and Mitchell Scott , senior correspondent for Powder, Bike, SBC Skier and Explore magazines.

Michel Beaudry, award-winning author, Pique columnist and professional provocateur, will host the evening.

Other TWSSF updates include Tall Paul slated for the DJ Experience and indie darlings Tokyo Police Club join Canada’s largest free outdoor concert lineup on the TWSSF concert mainstage.

Registration for the 72-hour Filmmaker Showdown has already begun. The short film competition challenges filmmakers to produce, shoot and edit a three to five minute short film set within a 100 kilometre radius of Whistler in a time frame of 72 hours. This year registration is $50. The deadline for entry is April 3, but space is limited.

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