Whether you’re on the Tête Ronde run, Le Caron gondola lift or even in resort, you can’t miss GoPros - those little cameras you see attached firmly to the top of ski helmets. They let you capture the moment your little girl carved her first turn, or the time her brother tentatively mastered the snow plough as he discovered the joys of the snow (even if he did spend more time on his bottom than on his skis). GoPros are undeniably the perfect companion to a holiday in the snow; shock-resistant and completely waterproof (even without a case for the latest models !), you’d be hard pushed to find a more useful accessory for your stay in Val Thorens.
However, conditions in the mountains in winter aren’t always highly compatible with technology so it’s important to take a few precautions.
The cold :
The cold is the biggest threat to electronic equipment. Just like your phone, GoPro batteries lose charge more quickly when they’re exposed to negative temperatures (which Val Thorens experiences often because of the resort’s elevated altitude). It’s a good idea therefore to keep your GoPro warm when you’re not using it - in a backpack or an inside pocket, for example. Avoid leaving it attached to your helmet or to its monopod. If you don’t need voice control or Wi-Fi you can also deactivate these options to save power. Your battery will thank you for these little acts of kindness.
Adjust your settings before venturing out :
Wind and cold can sometimes make it tricky to handle cameras. Once you’re at the Grand Fond summit it’s far preferable not to have to worry about your camera settings and just to press Record and hurtle down La Niverolle run. Remember to set the resolution, FPS and Field of View when you’re under shelter, in a gondola lift or in your accommodation before you get your boots on. Also check that your camera is firmly clipped in to your helmet or monopod.
One last tip: remember to turn on your GoPro’s “beep” sound so you know if it’s actually recording when you press the red button and you can avoid having to ask the inevitable: “Is it recording? Is the red light on?”
Keep your lens clean :
He who has never covered their friends in snow by carrying out an emergency stop on skis may cast the first snowball. After having carefully removed the snow that’s gone down your collar, it’s important to check that your GoPro lens isn’t also covered in it because even though you love snow, you don’t want it in the foreground of all your videos.
The temperature difference you could experience over the course of a day in Val Thorens might cause condensation to form on the lens. And more generally, snow splashes, snowfall or rain can also ruin visibility! To sum up, just like your ski goggles, make sure your GoPro lens is kept clean by always carrying a little cloth in your pocket !
There you have it, now you’re ready to use your GoPro to the best possible advantage. All that’s left now is for you to make your own video that you’ll love thanks to these tips.
Did you know ?
Club Val Thorens' members can borrow a GoPro for a day, and so capture the best moments of their holidays in Val Thorens !
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