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Local Hero POV Video Contest: Bring out the GoPro

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Skiing, local hero contest

We can all dream

I love it when the ski industry hails the little guy. Far too often in this world, only the big guns get the recognition. Sure, pro skiers can rip some big lines. Watching them ski just makes me salivate. But when I watch a local skier or rider take some gnarly run, lay over some sweet turns just for the fun of it–no cameras rolling, no sponsorship stickers seeking product placement on their helmets–that’s the stuff I love.

That’s why I’m excited about this contest. Snowbird Ski Resort, along with Powder Magazine, Snowboarder Magazine, Wasatch Powderbirds and The North Face are giving away some very sweet prizes for the best helmet cam video.

You heard that right.

All that footage you have stored in your GoPro might just get you somewhere. Namely to Snowbird for 5 days and nights of skiing and lodging for two, including one day of early-ups, one day of heli-skiing, a $500 gift certificate to North Face and free subscriptions to Powder and Snowboarder.

That’s a pretty sweet deal. According the their Facebook Page here are the details:

Contest Info

Strap on your gnarness harness, dial in your shrediting and get piste, because it’s about to get personal. Snowbird, The North Face, POWDER, SNOWBOARDER and Wasatch Powderbird Guides want to see just how hard you rip. Whether you’re shredding one plank or two, dropping pillow lines or cheese wedges, your point-of-view footage could make you a hometown hero. Submit your proof of gnar to the 1st Annual Snowbird Local Hero POV Video Contest, and you could score a trip for 2 to Snowbird for 5 days / 4 nights, including a heli-day for 1. Hey, no one said being a hero would be easy.

To enter, submit your best POV video edit (under 3 minutes) to Snowbird’s Facebook page. The top 4 ski finalists and the top 4 snowboard finalists will be chosen by Snowbird’s Facebook fans. One winner from each category will take home the Grand Daddy, picked by the editors of POWDER and SNOWBOARDER. Winners will receive a trip for 2 to Snowbird, Utah for 5 days/4 nights, one day with a pre-public Tram ride, a heli-day for 1 with Wasatch Powderbird Guides, a $500 gift card from The North Face and 2 free subscriptions to POWDER and SNOWBOARDER. Righteous.

Who doesn’t love a contest that tells you to strap on your “gnarness harness?” That’s priceless.

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Avalanche Cliff Jump: A Bird’s Eye View

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Thanks to the GoPro Video Camera and similar technology, now we can watch all sorts of crazy near-death, kinds of feats. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months and somehow missed this burgeoning phenomenon, GoPro makes waterproof, indestructible, mountable HD video cameras. Now surfboards come with mounts for a camera, aimed right at the surfer, so the camera can catch the surfer’s every move. A kite surfer or sky diver or just about anybody can mount one of those things just about anywhere and catch footage of their big moment. I’ve even seen skiers attach them to the end of a ski pole and point the camera toward themselves in order to catch the magical instant of powder meeting face in the camera’s lens. And quite often the footage is good.

But I’ve always been a little snarky about GoPros. I mean, who wants to look like a Teletubby? (I’m talking to you Chair 6, orange pants, not-that-great-of-a-skier, Go Pro guy.)

Most skiing GoProers mount the camera to the top of their helmets. The aparatus adds a good 6 inches to one’s height, the clearance for which must be taken into consideration, especially when getting into a gondola cabin on a busy morning after you’ve gruffly jammed your too-wide skis into a slot and the long line is snaking around the corner of the lodge. That’s when you want to remember to duck so the expensive, mounted camera doesn’t snap off and go skittering across the wet plaza, bouncing between ski boots and bits of ice. I’m just saying, if you want to hang with the big boys, you might want to consider your added height.

But this video changed my mind about all that.

Watch Matthias Giraud’s dual GoPro (one pointed forward and one pointed backward) capture of an amazing jump of a cliff. This guy is the real deal.