A lot of us skiers and snowboarders have GoPros to use during the winter to catch all of our crazy tricks and crashes. But what do you use your GoPro for in the summer?
I’ve been trying to unleash my more creative side this summer so here are a few ideas of how to use your GoPro:
- Get a variety of mounts. Head mounts, suction mounts, clamp mounts, bike mounts, and tripods can all be found for a reasonable price on Amazon. Now you have the right setup for every situation!
- Start making timelapse videos. Film the sunrise, sunset, the stars coming out, your remodeling project, or the traffic below your city apartment. You’ll end up with something artsy and cool.
- Film your everyday life. Some call this vlogging, I consider it a way to candidly catch my favorite moments. I’m not suggesting you set it to run 24/7, but making brunch or walking the dog can make a surprisingly awesome video. Bonus points if you get a POV footage from your dog’s collar.
- Take it camping. Setting up a tripod outside your tent will let you see what roams around your campsite at night. And if you are backpacking or bikepacking, you can mount it to capture the journey as well.
Does anyone else use their GoPros for something other than action sports?
Yeah, I know it’s summer and everyone is rolling down to the beach, but now is the time to start planning a ski trip. You’ll have the best prices and the most options for flights, resorts, and dates if you think ahead!
- Want to Avoid the Rush?
- If you can avoid it, or afford the vacation days, it’s best to avoid holiday weekends, particularly Christmas. A lot of resorts won’t have quality snow that early in the winter, and will be overrun with travelers. Flights and hotels will be pricey, and unbelievably crowded. Spring skiing is a good option because resorts typically have plenty of snow, and if you avoid spring break week you won’t run into as many people on the mountain.
- AirBnB or Resort?
- Both have perks! Resorts may offer extras like ski valets, breakfast buffets, shuttles and room service (nothing like having a burger and a beer brought to your door after a tiring day!) AirBnb’s can offer ski-in ski-out access, a big fireplace, or a hot tub all to yourself. You can also plan ahead for a full kitchen if you’re not looking to eat all your meals out. Both options can be found in any price range. In my experience, with a big group, it’s fun to rent a house so everyone can stay together. If you are looking for something a little fancier, check out the resorts!
- Need Some New Gear?
- If you start planning now you can decide what you’ll need for gear, and shop the sales if you’re buying. If you aren’t aren’t interested in checking oversized baggage, research the shops in the resort areas. You may be able to find some deals this far ahead! Rentals at the mountain will like come with a higher price tag, but the convenience is often worth it. Pus, if you normally ski the east, you might want some fatter skis to help you glide through the powder. Demo days are also fun, so check out if any big brands will be posting up on the mountain during your stay! Could cut your rental fees by a day or so.
The best part of planning so far ahead? You have a ski trip to look forward too through the long and hot summer.