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post #1 of 12
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A couple of weeks ago at Big Sky a friend shot some video of me skiing.  At the risk of deserved public humiliation, I thought it would be fun to post it up.

 

The first run was an early morning warm up run on a blue cruiser off the Swift Current lift.  I was keeping my speed in check as my photographer was 77 years old and I didn't want him to have to ski any faster to keep up.

 

After the chair ride back up Swift Current you see me heading over to the Peak Triple Chair where I am the 2nd speck skiing down the Bowl, a solid black run with softer broken snow.

 

Finally there are a couple of shots skiing the bumps through the trees on Wounded Knee off the Ramcharger lift.

 

The run I wish I had video of was my blistering fast run down the front face and through The Gullies.  I think I could have submitted it to Warren Miller for his next film!  NOT!  LOL

 

Flame away!

 

Rick G

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmarTGJzJds&feature=youtu.be

 

 

post #2 of 12

"You look great!"........then boom.  LOL.

 

Nice stuff, looks like you had a blast!

post #3 of 12

I can only dream of skiing that well! I like that video perspective so much better than the helmet cam ones. Looks awesome and wow, so crowded!

post #4 of 12

Enjoyed the Big Sky tour,thanks. Looks like they can get some huge storms. Would like to ski there someday.

post #5 of 12

I didn't know this was filmed by hand until I saw the persons shadow at 4:02.

 

Who ever is filming has very steady hands... whenever I hold a camera it shakes in every direction

 

An example:

 

Cool video though.

post #6 of 12

Nice skiing - nice filming too (definitely an underrated skill while moving yourself on skis).

post #7 of 12
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Thanks for all the nice compliments but I would like to remind you that anyone who has skied as long as I have is bound to look good on easy terrain.  I really wish I had my run down the front face and then through Gully 2.  It was the only time that week where I kind of scared myself.  Not from the terrain even though it was steep, but because I attacked it like you see in the ski movies and my speed was really getting up there.  I was focusing on the end of the run and wanted to make it in one shot but common sense overtook me and I bailed across the fall line, pointed my tips uphill and came to a controlled stop about 2/3 of the way down.  I knew if I had even the slightest mis-step at that speed it would be a BIG tumble and I am getting too old for that.

 

I have to say that I was especially proud of my skiing this year, my 40th consecutive season as it almost didn't happen due to an incident with a deer while on one of my motorcycles last July 29th.  If you can believe this (as told to me by my buddy who was riding behind me and saw the whole thing) , We were minding our own business riding down a nice country back road when a deer lept out from between some trees from which it was shielded from sight and litterally tried to hitch a ride with me by landing on my back, knocking me out in the process.  The deer falls back and is straddled across my bike with me limped over and we are still heading down the road.  My buddy does everything he can to keep and eye on us and not crash himself or worse, run me over when I inevitably fall of my bike, which I do a hundred yards or so down the road.  I woke up in a ditch in a lot of pain about 20 minutes later just before the ambulance arrived. 

 

Though I was eventually Life Flighted to a major trauma center, my injuries were mostly upperbody.  10 rib fractures, 2 of the joints where the ribs attach to the sternum, Bone chips in C3 an C6 vertebrae and a collapsed lung.  As I wear proper gear when riding I was well protected and had virtually no road rash and my head was ok.  Cant say the same for my carbon fiber helmet which died in the line of duty.  Honest to G-D when I woke up in that ditch, the first thing I did was check to see if both legs and arms worked.  When they did, I thought to myself, "Well, I guess I will be able to ski this winter."  That is how much skiing means to me.

 

Back to your reguarly scheduled program.

 

Rick G

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by VinceK View Post

I didn't know this was filmed by hand until I saw the persons shadow at 4:02.

 

Who ever is filming has very steady hands... whenever I hold a camera it shakes in every direction

 

 


 

Technology to the rescue.  This is as much using a camera with good image stabilization or postprocessing and mount as much as it is the photographer.  Get yourself some modern sports-related camera such as a new GoPro and you'll have much better success. 

 

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Originally Posted by rickg View Post

Thanks for all the nice compliments but I would like to remind you that anyone who has skied as long as I have is bound to look good on easy terrain.  I really wish I had my run down the front face and then through Gully 2.  It was the only time that week where I kind of scared myself.  Not from the terrain even though it was steep, but because I attacked it like you see in the ski movies and my speed was really getting up there.  I was focusing on the end of the run and wanted to make it in one shot but common sense overtook me and I bailed across the fall line, pointed my tips uphill and came to a controlled stop about 2/3 of the way down.  I knew if I had even the slightest mis-step at that speed it would be a BIG tumble and I am getting too old for that.

 

I have to say that I was especially proud of my skiing this year, my 40th consecutive season as it almost didn't happen due to an incident with a deer while on one of my motorcycles last July 29th.  If you can believe this (as told to me by my buddy who was riding behind me and saw the whole thing) , We were minding our own business riding down a nice country back road when a deer lept out from between some trees from which it was shielded from sight and litterally tried to hitch a ride with me by landing on my back, knocking me out in the process.  The deer falls back and is straddled across my bike with me limped over and we are still heading down the road.  My buddy does everything he can to keep and eye on us and not crash himself or worse, run me over when I inevitably fall of my bike, which I do a hundred yards or so down the road.  I woke up in a ditch in a lot of pain about 20 minutes later just before the ambulance arrived. 

 

Though I was eventually Life Flighted to a major trauma center, my injuries were mostly upperbody.  10 rib fractures, 2 of the joints where the ribs attach to the sternum, Bone chips in C3 an C6 vertebrae and a collapsed lung.  As I wear proper gear when riding I was well protected and had virtually no road rash and my head was ok.  Cant say the same for my carbon fiber helmet which died in the line of duty.  Honest to G-D when I woke up in that ditch, the first thing I did was check to see if both legs and arms worked.  When they did, I thought to myself, "Well, I guess I will be able to ski this winter."  That is how much skiing means to me.

 

Back to your reguarly scheduled program.

 

Rick G




Same thing happened to my dad. He quit riding.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by VinceK View Post

I didn't know this was filmed by hand until I saw the persons shadow at 4:02.

 

Who ever is filming has very steady hands... whenever I hold a camera it shakes in every direction

 

An example:

 

Cool video though.


My friend did use some video editing software to eliminate many of the jiggles.

 

BTW  your skiing is making me look bad.   Get it out of here!

 

Just kidding nice skiing there.  Looks like spring skiing with only the man made base left.

 

Rick G
 

 

post #11 of 12

 


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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post


 

Technology to the rescue.  This is as much using a camera with good image stabilization or postprocessing and mount as much as it is the photographer.  Get yourself some modern sports-related camera such as a new GoPro and you'll have much better success. 

 

 

What I was trying to get at was the fact that he was getting such good stability holding a camera... he is not using a go pro.  Usually when people hold onto a camera and ski downhill it is super shaky... but I guess it can sometimes depend on the camera and the post production effects. 
 

Plus I have a ContourHD helmet cam... and I agree that it is much more stable.

 

This is using the helmet cam:


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Originally Posted by rickg View Post


My friend did use some video editing software to eliminate many of the jiggles.

 

BTW  your skiing is making me look bad.   Get it out of here!

 

Just kidding nice skiing there.  Looks like spring skiing with only the man made base left.

 

Rick G
 

 

Thanks, it actually wasn't me skiing, but another guy on epicski.  I am sure he will appreciate it.

 

 Sorry to hijack the thread a little bit... 

 

 

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hey, what did I say about making me look bad?  I don't need any help.  LOL

 

No worries, it is all good.

 

Ski on!

 

Rick G

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