GoPro Hero 6 Black and Downhill Skiing

The GoPro Hero 6 Black is my favorite camera for downhill skiing and any action based activities for that matter.  The reason I really like it for downhill skiing though is that it suits every need I have.

How do I use the GoPro Hero 6 Black

I use an app named Trace Snow that allows me to track all my stats while skiing.  The great thing about this app is that I can also take my GoPro video and overlay the Trace Snow stats on the video itself in real time.  This allows me to watch back and see what I have been doing and how it affected my skiing.  Here is a sample video that I recorded using Trace Snow and my GoPro Hero 6 Black.

I also love the fact that the camera has audio prompts for recording on and off.  This is extremely helpful when you have the camera mounted on your helmet.  For obvious reasons, you cannot see the camera when it is mounted to the helmet you are wearing on your head, so the audio prompts really do assist a lot.  One beep means it has started recording and one beep followed by three quick beeps means that recording has been stopped.

I use the GoPro in many ways when skiing.  I mount it on my helmet, sometimes on the top and sometimes on the side.  Sometimes I face it forwards and some times backwards, depending on what I want to capture.  I also use a selfie stick sometimes so that I can get a view from in front which allows me to see how my skis are positioned at any given time.  In addition to these uses, I also use it quite often to record other skiers so they can see their skiing style.  Do not underestimate the value of being able to see what you are going.  Knowing why your skis or body on a whole feels a certain way is crucial to improving your skiing on a whole.

What are some of the Features I use

The GoPro has a number of features but my favorite feature bar none has to be it’s image stabilization.  On older GoPro’s and other action camera’s we use to have to employ gimbals, or software, in order to smooth out the video.  The GoPro’s stabilization takes care of all of this for you.  It is by far the best on the market in my estimation and not having to employ a gimbal, which really was the best way to handle it before, makes this feature my hands down favorite.

Another feature that I really like about the GoPro Hero 6 Black is the fact that it is waterproof all on it’s own.  It used to be that we had to buy special cases for our action camera’s in order to make them water proof.  That is no longer necessary as it is now completely waterproof.  In fact I even tested it out in my fish tank to make sure because I didn’t think it could be true.  lol  Here’s a video clip of my fish tank with the GoPro.  🙂

So, why does it matter if it is waterproof? Well, simply put, snow melts.  If you are out on a snowy day and you go inside for something to eat or a refreshment, the snow is going to melt and the water is going to run all over your camera.

Other Features

  • Widescreen Video Capture
  • Image Recording Formats – JPEG, RAW
  • Max Video Resolution – 3840 x 2160
  • Image Recording Formats – JPEG, RAW
  • Max Video Resolution – 3840 x 2160
  • Navigation – GPS receiver
  • Effective Photo Resolution – 12.0 MP
  • Underwater Depth up to 30ft
  • Included Accessories – USB cable, curved adhesive mount, flat adhesive mount, quick release buckle, thumb screw
  • Underwater Use
  • Focus Adjustment – focus free
  • Included Memory Card – 32 GB microSDHC
  • Memory Card Slot – microSD card
  • HDR image enhancement technology, Time-Lapse recording, voice control
  • Low Lux / Night Mode
  • Microphone Operation Mode – stereo
  • Microphone Features – wind noise reduction
  • 4K action camera
  • Frame Rate (Max Resolution) – 60 fps
  • High-Definition Video Support – 4K
  • Image Stabilizer – electronic
  • Camcorder Effective Resolution (Photo Mode) – 12 megapixels
  • LCD display
  • Display Form Factor – built-in
  • Touch Screen
  • Supported Memory Cards – microSD Card, microSDHC Card, microSDXC Card
  • Wireless Interfaces – Bluetooth, Wireless LAN
  • Navigation – GPS receiver
  • Connectivity Features – wireless video upload to cloud server
  • Camera Type – mountable

As you can see by the features list above, this little camera packs a lot of punch for a small camera.  This is why I love this camera for all action based activities such as skiing, hiking, kayaking, biking, etc…


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