2014-2015 Ski season video

My yearly ski season video took a long time to finish this year but is finally done. The amount of footage I captured was way more than in past years, and I lost interest in the project during the summer months. But in the end I'm happy with how it turned out. This makes 4 years in a row!

Last season was horrible for snow on the west coast but trips to Japan and Alaska helped make it an amazing winter. I ended up with 30 days on snow which is more than I've had since high-school days!

My favorite part about making these videos is being able to watch the ones from previous years and gauge my progress as a skier. With improvement in mind, here are three goals for this upcoming (in-progress) season:

  1. Be able to consistently land a clean 360. At the end of last season I was still having a lot of trouble getting keeping my weight forward.
  2. Ski bigger lines (like AK) with more speed and power. The Blizzard Spurs I just picked up should help give me confidence there unlike the jibby and playful Line Mr Pollard's Opus that I've been using.
  3. No injuries. :)

HipCal's 10th Birthday

The first real product I ever worked on, HipCal.com was "launched" a decade ago today. I use quotes there because it was a pretty uneventful launch. We uploaded a few hand-selected PHP files to our shared webhost via SmartFTP and then posted a barebones blog post. I have no memory of what we did after that, but it certainly didn't involve pitching tech blogs, posting on social media, or sending out an email blast. I don't think we even had a way to see how many users had signed up besides manually running a SQL query from the ugly cPanel admin interface our host provided.

It's fun to look back on this as a way to measure how much we've all learned since that point. Members of the team have since gone on to found HipChat, ToutApp, and Balanced, among other projects.

Here's to the next unpredictable 10 years!

2013-2014 Ski season video

I got my first GoPro, the HERO2, in 2011 and have been using it to record all my ski trips since. Not because I do anything that's really impressive, but because it's fun and a great way to review my skiing to look for ways to improve. If you haven't had the experience of recording something you thought was impressive on video yet, what usually happens is that the footage looks incredibly boring compared to how it felt at the time you recorded it. A 10 foot cliff looks like a 3 footer on the wide angle lens. Keep that in mind next time you see a POV video that really impresses you: it was far crazier for the person who recorded it.

Usually I make a season recap video in the fall as a way to get excited about the upcoming year, but this year's took me longer to finish. Mostly due to laziness, but I also wasn't too excited about the conditions on any of my trips last year. Hopefully this west coast drought will end soon, though 2014-2015 doesn't look like the season to make that happen so far.

Anyway, here's the video:

Baldface lodge and Whitewater in Nelson, BC were the season highlights even though a high-elevation rain event happened the week before I arrived. Hoping for more wintry conditions there this year.