This video is amazing on many levels. First of all, the avalanche itself is awesome (not a good kind of awesome, mind you). Second, the victim stays on top because of his BCA Float Airbag. Believe me, he would have been tumbled and buried without it. Maybe it’s time to add an airbag system to my equipment list.
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:
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.