GoPro Tips

How To Use Your GoPro as a Skiing + Snowboarding Camera

Jan 18, 2022


While GoPro is best known for its origin story centered around surfing, the founder is also an avid skier—as are many of the employees, especially since the headquarters are a quick drive from Lake Tahoe, Calif. So, if you want to take your GoPro skiing or snowboarding, you’re in good company. That’s what it’s for, after all!

Best GoPros for Snow Sports

GoPro was made to take a beating and brave rugged conditions, so when it comes to taking one of these action cameras skiing, you really can't go wrong.

The latest HERO10 Black is phenomenal for getting the crispest image quality and great built-in HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilization, but if you want to really get creative, we recommend the GoPro MAX. Its 360 mode gives you tons of cool options to Reframe your shots later on the GoPro Quik app, not the least of which–you can make the selfie stick disappear!

Mounting and Angles

There are no rules about mounting your GoPro. If you find a nutso new way to mount it that gives you a shot nobody else is getting, go for it! Still, there are a few common mounts you can start with:

  • Helmet Front + Side Mount – Mount the GoPro on your helmet using a helmet front + side mount or vented strap mount for great POV shots.
  • Chesty – Mounting the GoPro on your chest gets your hands and poles in the shot for skiing, but it’s a little weird on a snowboard since you’re facing sideways.
  • Hand + Wrist Strap – Mount the camera on your ski boot for a low to the ground shot that looks super-fast. For snowboarding, use the side of the boot. Reverse footing, and you’ve got a view up the mountain.
  • 3-Way 2.0 – You can get sick head-on or follow shots by carrying a stick style mount like the 3-Way 2.0. In 360 mode, angle the camera straight on with the pole, and voila, disappearing stick!

PRO TIP: Use the GoPro Quik App to check out your frame in real-time before you start recording/skiing.

Best Camera Settings for Snow

You can experiment with settings. Here are some starting points that will get you some great footage out of the gate:

Mode: Video Mode

Resolution: 1440 with SuperView for HERO cameras or Max SuperView for MAX

Frame Rate: 60 fps (120 fps for slow-mo shots)

Those basic settings will work for most situations. If it gets overcast, you might have to adjust the EV comp or ISO settings a little. If you're using a HERO9 or HERO10, you can try 2.7K or 4K resolution, but you’ll run out of space quickly, and most viewers can’t reproduce 4k anyway unless you’re releasing feature films.

Tips and Tricks to Make Things Easy

Before we go, just a couple of tips.

First, batteries don’t last long in the cold, so bring extra, or you can grab the new Enduro battery, which is specifically designed to last longer in the cold.

Second, you don’t have to wait until you’re home to crank out some edits or share footage. You can use the Quik App to edit right on the mountain or while you get your hot chocolate on and share clips to your social media on the fly.

Or if you do want to wait until you're home and if you have a GoPro Subscription, Auto Upload to the Cloud will backup your footage once the camera is connected to your home WiFi and plugged in to charge.

Now that you're properly inspired, it's time to get out on the mountain. If you're not geared up yet, head over and grab your HERO10 Black or MAX today and let's go!