12-05-2018 02:19 AM - edited 12-05-2018 02:22 AM
I am very lucky to be able to head to Whistler in British Columbia, Canada as it is only 90 minutes by car from Vancouver. Over the weekend, I spent two days snowboarding at Whistler, it is known as the largest ski resort in North America! Here's a photo...
A week before my trip, I looked at all of my equipment that I had for a GoPro-like action camera. There were a number of different accessory pieces but I've never tried to use it for anything since I mostly used it underwater but this time, I decided to take it to the mountains with me. In addition, I also have a 360 camera, so I really wanted to give this a go. Both @HiroyukiTakisawa and @IlankovanT have great posts found here and here respectively and I looked at what they had done. They gave me some great ideas, but since I didn't want multiple mounts on my helmet, and I used one of the base for a GoPro mount (and adhesive that sticks directly to the helmet). Then I had to find a mount that would fit the 360 camera as well, via the tripod mount.
The internet literally sells everything. This is what the part looked like:
Then, after I attach it to the GoPro mount, it looked like this:
The bottom with the GoPro mount can then be snapped using the buckle onto the GoPro mount that is already on the helmet. This was what I looked like in the end with the helmet and the 360 camera:
Once this was all set, it was time to hit the mountain!! Here are some photos:
After warming up and doing a few runs, I decided to use the 360 camera to see how the footage will turn out. These videos are a bit long, I tried to record about one third of the run at a time.
For this particular clip, it is at the beginning of a run from the Emerald Express. Around 3 minutes 25 seconds, I'm intentionally turned on the snow (also known as butter), not the video doing something funny.
This is the last part of the run. There is a bit of a flat section which can be very difficult for snowboarders if they don't pick up enough speed. You'll hear me telling my friend to keep going and to bend his knees so he doesn't get stuck at the flat part. Further along, you'll hear that it gets quite loud because the snow making machines are on full blast. There is a good amount of snow, but still less than what it typically is. Also, when it has been sunny for a few days, the snow becomes very hard packed and icy and the snow making helps with the conditions. I did have a minor collision with a skier at the very end.
Whistler Resort is actually made up of two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. There is a gondola that connects between them known as the Peak to Peak. My friend and I decided to ride the Peak to Peak from Whistler over the Blackcomb. We were on the glass bottom gondola, you can see a photo here. I placed the camera on the glass bottom part to try to capture what it was like below the gondola, lots of trees covered with snow!
Since this is still considered early winter season, we actually had to download on a chairlift, which is not quite the norm. We downloaded on the Excelerator Chair of Blackcomb Mountain.
If you happen to have a VR headset, definitely check out these videos with the VR headset for an immersive experience. After snowboarding with the 360 camera, I think next will be looking for an underwater housing for the camera and see where I can explore in the water. :D