10 Best GoPro Ski Mounts & Accessories

Everybody loves to create stunning video for latest ski trip. Here’s the thing, nobody likes to watch long video of just one angle. Instead, they loves to watch the video in many different angles mashed together with heart beating background music. All you need to do is record the video in many different angles. It all begins with the mounting. Here are my personal 10 of the best GoPro ski mounting options you’ll love.

Top 10 Ski Mounts for GoPro

There are many ways to mount you GoPro when skiing. By using imaginations, people are smart and always record awesome skiing angle with their GoPro. These are the most popular mounts in the world of ski.

1. Handheld

This is the most basic one. You don’t need any extra accessories.

gopro handheldSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUEZCxBcM78

It doesn’t need to be a GoPro, you can hold your smart phones this way too. The tip is not to reach out your arm while recording, instead hold it close to your chest, this way your body will at like a shock absorber and give you more steady video.

Best for: Recording others, Tailing others.

Not Suited For: Record yourself.

2. Pole Mount

This is one of the most versatile mount available.

gopro ski pole mountSource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq1zA6OYPQs

You can either mount your GoPro at your own ski pole, or with the selfie stick. Lots of options available for you to put your creativity on.

a) Record yourself – Mount your GoPro near the end of ski pole, face yourself, stretch out in front of you at about 6 inches above ground. Panning up view, fit yourself the whole frame, really nice. Some said that it is easier to rotate the camera upside down so you don’t need to hold it tight, that’s not good since the pole will get in the way and block the view of everything. mount your GoPro upside up. Face your camera in.

b) Record others – By either following them or let them follow you, nice for certain shots. Face your camera out.

Check this video out.

 

Best For: Skier who don’t use their Poles too often. Nice front view of others.

Not Suited For: Beginners

3. Helmet Mount

I got many useful shots from this mount. this will give the rider’s perspective.

gopro helmet mountSource: https://www.videmaker.com

Plus, your neck and entire body act as a shock absorber, and resulting less shakes on your video. There are few alternatives mounting on your helmet. I’ve written the ultimate guide to GoPro helmet mount options on my blog, you can check out in-dept detail there.

Let’s continue on the summarize of helmet mounting options here. There are 3 positions you could mount your GoPro.

a) Slightly front of your helmet — Or the other word, at your forehead. It is the best helmet mount in my opinion since it’s closest to the skier eyes, and give you the first person view angle (FPV).

b) At the top most spot of your helmet — Not different with the first one, but provide a little bit higher perspective.

c) At side of your helmet — I’ve seen videos that my friend mount his Sony Action Cam at his helmet side. And the camera capture the side of his cheek in the frame. Sometimes it’s hilarious to see he went down too fast and the cheek blown by wind, but too much of it make me wanna puke. My recommendation is, don’t mount at your helmet side if the lens angle is too wide.

Best for: Clear Views, “In Front of You” or “At Your Side” feeling.

Not Suited For: Record yourself.

4. Chest Mount/Chesty

Similar to helmet mount, the difference is sometimes you capture your arms and knees in the frame too.

Chesty mounts are not going well with skiing because all of your arms and legs are in the way blocking the camera. However, it does have it own uses. For an examples: A walking scenes that will show a lot of terrain surfaces, and how hard you climbing that hill. You can also record at high speed, and then integrate this scene for a few seconds into your post production, just to tell the audience how fast you were. Be creative!

Best for: More motion, More movements. Feeling fast.

Not suit for: Clear views of the slope.

5. Boot/Knee Mount

This one is badass if use it right.

gopro boot mountSource: http://www.bergreif.de

Mounting lower means you are closer to the snow. It gives you more detail of the ski and snow terrain with fast movements. Watch out for vibration in high speeds. You are also able to record a short video before snow build up quickly on your lens, since it’s so close to the ground.

Best for: Stills, trails, snow, and background.

Cons: shaken a lot, and snow glob.

6. Ski Mount

Ski mount can either be the best or the worst idea depends on how you use it.

gopro ski mountSource: https://www.gopro.com

Many people on the internet says that it capture spectacular view of the rider, but many also warn that it is risky to lost your camera because the ski is shaken too much and sometimes hard enough to knock the camera out of its mount even if you use the strongest adhesive tape. Snow glob is also a problem.

Alternative: use pole mount and position your camera near your ski.

Best for: Capturing still images of yourself.

Not suited for: longer videos since it’ll shaken a lot.

7. Tripod Mount.

Nice one mounting your GoPro off you. With tripod, you need to let your friend ahead and set GoPro on a tripod on the ground, then you ski down to do some action in front of the camera. the good thing is, there is no vibration at all.

Best for: Close up action in front of camera.

Not suited for: Longer trails, continuous rides.

8. Extension Arm Mount (Selfie Mount)

This is the famous mount for motor cross riders.

gopro gooseneck mountSource: https://www.pinterest.com/goprostars/

Capture the whole of your body from up and above with the trail in the background. You just only need a 8″ – 10″ arm mounting on our helmet. Checkout GoPole arm in the next section.

Here is the video of the helmet arm mount.

Best for: Close up action in front of camera.

Not suited for: Too crowd slopes.

9. Swivel Mount (Helicopter)

Basically am arm bar selfie mount that spins around you.

gopro gospinSource: gospin360.com

I’ve tried this myself and impressed with the result. It spins slowly around you, and record yourself in 360 degree video. However, I found that with counter weight, bringing total weight to 2lbs, it’s quite heavy on your head. So, I would recommend to use it for a short run. I used it for 2 runs, and then just throw it in the locker. But, the video was priceless.

Check this video out.

There is also a DIY of this swivel mount. It works, but many found that it’s a lot HEAVIER than the ones in the market.

Best for: Close up action in front of camera. 360 degree of yourself.

Not suited for: Too crowd slopes, area with many trees.

10. Karma Grip Gimbal/Stabilizer

The one and only thing that will get rid of significantly reduce vibration.

Did you see the video is smooth? GoPro Karma Grip is the reason behind this! This gimbal that has 3 motors to counter movement in all xyz axis. With this, you are able to get rid of significantly reduce vibration in most possible angles and terrains.

Best for: Steady videos.

Not suited for: Record yourself.

The best practice is to shot with many different angles, then be creative and edit short pieces of them all together, you will get an exciting videos instead of the boring one!

GoPro Ski Mounting Accessories

Helmet Front Mount

Widely used in helmet mounting positions. Comes with 3 parts adjustable arm.
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Head Strap Mount

In case of you don’t want to stick adhesive tapes to your helmet, this is the alternative. The strap is sticky so it won’t fall off easily.

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Suction Cup Mount

Another alternatives to non-adhesives. This suction cup mount can stick to most flat surface helmets. Comes with quick release, and proven to be able to handle 150+mph.

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Side Mount

Compatible with all GoPro models. It comes with curved adhesive mount, side mount, and the mounting gears. The 3 way pivot adjustable that will allow you to adjust the angle to fit your needs.

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Low Profile Helmet Swivel Mount (Session only)

Low profiles, compatible with all Session models. Can rotate 360 degree so you can adjust them easily. Provide spaces around shutter button, so it’s not in the way.

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Selfie Helmet Arm

Use this 6 inches arm for wonderful selfie shots. Mount this arm to the front of your helmet.

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Extension Arm Mount

This flexible arm mount comes in three pieces. You can adjust them to any combination you like.

Check it out

 

GoPro Swivel Mount (Helicopter)

This helicopter bar will spin on your head, creating 360 degree awesome videos. Counter weight is adjustable. Compatible with all GoPro models.

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Chesty/Chest Mount

An adjustable one-size-fits-all chesty strap mount. Compatible with all of GoPro models.

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Shoulder Strap Mount

An adjustable one-size-fits-all shoulder strap mount. Compatible with all of GoPro models.

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GoPole Reach 14″-40″

Adjustable pole mount. Length between 14″ – 40″. Light weight. Wrist strap. Compatible with all of GoPro models.

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GoPro Mini Tripod

Compact and light weight tripod. Those legs can contract and transform to a mini 6″ pole. Compatible with all of GoPro models.

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GoPro Karma Grip

Secrets behind smooth ski videos. A GoPro stabilizer designed to reduce the shakes while going fast. Compatible with GoPro Hero 5 only. For other models, check out link below.

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GoPro Buckle Clips

You’ll need a lot of these buckle clips. Comes with a set of 10. Stock them up and forget it for years.
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Gopro Flat & Curved Adhesive mounts

In any case, you will need to stock up flat and curved mounts:

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External Audio Recorder

Many pro bikers will use external recorder such as a Zoom. For beginners, Zoom H1 is a good choice.

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More Tips:

Tip #1: Skier is easier than snowboarder to capture smoother more steady video.

Because front way instead of side way. better speed control since you can plow brake with your front facing downhill all the time.

Tip #2: Enable Protune and manually set your Exposure Value to record bright video.

Check out my previous article: Enabling GoPro Protune and recommended manual settings. It’s the universal photography basics so other action camera users can follow the guide too.

Any other good mounts? Please share it in the comment section!

Author: Kain Harvey

I'm a photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. My background is engineering, so I'm good with numbers and settings. I try to focus on my strong point and give it my all. I hope you will find the benefits of my skill.

4 thoughts on “10 Best GoPro Ski Mounts & Accessories”

  1. Thanks for the informative post! I have been using only helmet mount since the beginning. I’ll give all other options a try. Will let you know the results.

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