Catch All The Action: Tips for Skiing With A GoPro

As Sean Bean once said, winter is coming. Summer is a good time to pick up winter sports equipment, so many are flocking to their local stores to grab their gear. One of the most popular cameras today is the GoPro, with many ski, skate and bike helmets today coming with suitable mounts built-in. Many users like to experiment with their own mounts, giving another perspective on the footage.

First off, although you can absolutely use a GoPro on a snowboard, it’s not ideal since you’ll be oriented to the side, while skis have you facing forward at all times. You’re also able to better absorb shocks with the core of your body on skis, reducing camera shake, and can better control your speed. If you take a bump, roll with it if possible to avoid shaky footage.

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Choose Your Weapon

You have two choices regarding mounting your camera. You can use a helmet mount, which is great for stunt shots and works really if you have a second cameraperson to provide an additional perspective on the stunt. If you’re not as stunt oriented, you can go with a chest mount, but the footage can get a bit samey. Try to break up the footage with multiple cameras and camerapeople if possible.

There are other options for mounting, like a boot or ski mount. These are a little harder to get right, and will require some inventiveness on your end, but they can provide a unique perspective on the footage. Make sure you have the camera securely mounted, especially with these mounts. No one wants to spend hours trudging through the snow looking for a lost camera. The GoPro tripod mount can also be used to create a variety of different mounts, like the Scorpion Mount to get a top down perspective on the rider and the background. You can also experiment and create your own tripod, like Eric Willett’s head swivel mount, a combination of a swivel mount and two pro poles.

Now that you’ve decided on your mount(s), you need to film at the right time. If the sun is above you, this could negatively impact the footage. Try to film when the sun is low in the sky, so early morning or late afternoon tend to be the best times to film.

You should keep the camera rolling as long as possible. Don’t stop until you’ve either packed up or run out of battery. It’s surprising how much b-footage you or an editor can use later. Better to have too much footage than accidentally miss a dream shot. Make sure you have a large supply of batteries, since batteries tend to die faster in the cold.

Keep these in mind, and next time you’re blazing down the slopes you’ll catch all the footage you want and more.

Plan Your Trip Here

If you want to enjoy some of Ontario’s most exciting ski hills, don’t miss out on Mount St. Louis Moonstone.  With stellar ski hills, snowboarding hills, and unique terrain, thousands of individuals and families visit us each year, for the ultimate ski experience.

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