You’ve seen them in the lift lines at ski areas — the helmet and chest cams ready to capture skiers and snowboarders ripping up the slopes. Not sure you want to shell out several hundred dollars for a video camera yet, but interested in filming your best runs on the slopes? Mt. Bachelor Resort provides a new way to try GoPro digital cameras before buying.
The resort has teamed up with GoPro to create the new Mountain Media Lab. The lab opens Saturdays and Sundays to rent GoPro cameras. Skiers and snowboarders can rent a camera, shoot video during the day, and edit the video to take home or post online. Experts are available help with uploading the video and editing.
The rental cameras are the GoPro HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition. The cameras can be mounted on gear. In video mode, they can deliver footage in 170-degree, wide-angle movies. In photo mode, they can shoot 11 megapixel photos as fast as 10 photos per second. The Mountain Media Lab provides Apple Final Cut Pro editing software and Apple iMac computers for uploading and editing footage shot on the slopes.
For a little inspiration, check out this footage featuring Mike Douglas getting powder shots and air time with a GoPro HD HERO2:
At Mt. Bachelor's Mountain Media Lab, a one-day rental of a GoPro camera costs $25. The rental fee includes use of the Mountain Media Lab for editing. Taking the video home on a USB drive adds $15 to the cost.
The Mountain Media Lab is also offering a two-day media camp every weekend for those who want more detailed instruction. Participants can test out GoPro cameras or learn to use their own GoPro cameras. The camp focuses on filming techniques, video editing, and adding music. It costs $100 per person with the GoPro camera rental included. Those who own their own GoPro cameras can participate for half price. Lift tickets are additional.
The new Mountain Media Lab is located on the lower level of the Bachelor Ski and Sport building at the West Village of Mt. Bachelor Resort. It is open 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m on Saturdays and Sundays.
Find more information here.