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Video TR - Speed Skis at Jackson Hole 1-30-10

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Okay, it hasn't snowed here for about four days.  All of the inbounds is pretty skied out and all the powder-hungry locals are staying home again.  I sure wish those of you who say you hate groomers could have been with me this morning (on second thought, never mind).  I think that skiing is just incredible.

As a demonstration of how empty our mountain gets when it hasn't snowed for a few days, check out the "lift line" in the video.  That footage was taken at 9:03am on a sunny Saturday morning.

I'm still experimenting with my new Vholdr POV cam.  Today I was able to go up the early gondola, so I was on the hill before anyone else was there to get in the way.  The skis are 203cm Head iSG RD's.


I still have a lot of work to do on adjusting the camera for tilt and direction and such, but it's kind of fun going through the learning process. 
post #2 of 16
Thanks Bob.
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

Okay, it hasn't snowed here for about four days.  All of the inbounds is pretty skied out and all the powder-hungry locals are staying home again.  I sure wish those of you who say you hate groomers could have been with me this morning (on second thought, never mind).  I think that skiing is just incredible.


Nice Bob, Thanks.


BTW--I hope if I'm ever fortunate enough to call a real ski area home that I ski every chance I get and not just on the "good snow days".
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 you went top to bottom in 2 minutes

thats freaking awesome! 

this would never fly at stowe I am sure of it!
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

 you went top to bottom in 2 minutes

thats freaking awesome! 

this would never fly at stowe I am sure of it!

O RLY? You've seen my Volkls, right? They love Perry Merrill.
post #6 of 16
I like the way you looked for uphill traffic as you came off Sunnyside.
Seems like sometimes the camera is a little low on the top (horizon).
(Looks like that's when you're in a tuck, i can see the hands).
Needed some FX when you were burning down the hill.
Flames out of the sides?
Edited by John J - 1/31/10 at 6:19am
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O RLY? You've seen my Volkls, right? They love Perry Merrill.


Sweet. Brings back memories of my teaching days up there -- in particular, blistering runs down Gondolier after catching the first Gondi up after a groom... Oh yeah, nice vid, Bob! -Gian
post #8 of 16
Love a groomer first thing in the morning.

And afternoon too.

Nice run right there.!!
post #9 of 16
 Time sure flies when you're having fun.

Glad to see that you're getting the hang of that POV camera Bob.
post #10 of 16
If it can't be powder, it might as well be coduroy!  Fun video Bob. I love your uphill skier check coming off of Sunnyside Traverse. Safety first.  Reminds me of my early effort skiing the Pole, Pedal, Paddle.  I tried to schuss it top to bottom from the tram but grooming in those days was sketchy at best, especially since it was the end of the season, and there was no corduroy.  Rendezvous Bowl was wind-blown spring crud, while the bottom was freeze-thaw slush.  I felt pretty good until about halfway down Gros-Ventre, where my thighs ran into some gigantic spring rollers.  Trying to negotiate them was just too much, and I had to pull up as my thighs had nothing left.  I'd actually passed a few skiers from the previous mass start, but one of them passed me while I was trying to recover.  As it turned out, the next member of my team wasn't expecting me for another minute, so he wasn't ready for the hand off and we lost those precious seconds I'd gained, despite my "rest."  The next year, Pole, Pedal, Paddle started from the top of Teton Pass and we skied the old road.  I'm pretty sure that was the first unofficial "Skier Cross" event ever held - so crazy I lost a glove - but that's another story.
post #11 of 16
Nice video Bob!

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

 you went top to bottom in 2 minutes

thats freaking awesome! 

this would never fly at stowe I am sure of it!

When I was skiing Cannon, I would hear stories about how Bode Miller would ski the place (2,100 vertical feet) top-to-bottom fast enough to catch the tram before it left.  (i.e., exit the tram, get outside, jump into your skis, get all the way down, and back into the tram before the top one had left its docking station).  You have maybe two minutes to do all that.
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Nice!  I found a very slight inward tilt of the lens and agleing the camera down a few degrees from head up and looking straight forward when standing works well. Are you having any issues with the on/off slide? Does it beep 1x  then 2x?  Is there anyway to verify the camera is on once mounted on the goggle/helmet?

post #13 of 16
I used the GOPRO low vid quality for this, and have been thinking of getting the HD version. Is you camera waterproof? 

post #14 of 16
On similar morns, you should have a GPS link on the screen for speed.
Is there a weight limit on the helmet?  Maybe a little dish for real time transmitting?
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Nice!  I found a very slight inward tilt of the lens and agleing the camera down a few degrees from head up and looking straight forward when standing works well. Are you having any issues with the on/off slide? Does it beep 1x  then 2x?  Is there anyway to verify the camera is on once mounted on the goggle/helmet?

The record switch on/off seems to work just fine.  It does beep and I can hear it with the helmet on.  The battery doesn't seem to last very long as I still can't tell how long it will run once I turn it on.  I'm playing around with tilting and angle stuff, the problem is that my head's pointed a different direction when I'm in a tuck versus regular skiing.  I just have to keep experimenting.

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Originally Posted by HarryManko View Post

I used the GOPRO low vid quality for this, and have been thinking of getting the HD version. Is you camera waterproof? 
 
They say it's water-resistant, not waterproof.  Vholdr is supposedly coming out with a waterproof housing later this year.  I bought it as much for point-of-view FISHING as for skiing, so I'm kind of excited about getting it wet.

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On similar morns, you should have a GPS link on the screen for speed.
Is there a weight limit on the helmet?  Maybe a little dish for real time transmitting?

I think the only weight limit is how much crap I'm willing to pile up on my helmet. 

We've been through this whole GPS thing before, though, and I'm just not much of a believer in those speeds.  I actually have been clocked with a radar gun on that run (about 20 years ago) at 71mph.  This wasn't quite that fast but it *was* fairly quick.
post #16 of 16
 Another GoPro lo res example. Camera is dunked quite a bit
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