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Pow Skiing on Jake’s Peak With the VholdR ContourHD 1080p

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Back on February 22nd I got out for a day of pow skiing on Jake’s Peak. I was trying to do something fairly mellow and test out my new setup of Black Diamond Zealots with Dynafit Vertical ST bindings. I’ve been a fan of the Zealot’s for a while but I am just now learning about the advantages of the Dynafit binding. They are lighter, tour better, and ski better than any other binding that I have tried. This is nothing new, I’m just awakening to what serious backcountry skiers and ski mountaineers have known for decades. These are the best no compromises AT binding on the market. Look for a full review after I get a few more days on them.

I also tried out the 720p 60 frames per second mode on the VholdR ContourHD 1080p and I think its the best quality video I’ve gotten so far with this thing. It lost some quality when the video was hosted on Vimeo, but you can get the idea. The original file was over 350 MB for a minute and ten seconds of video. Not really feasible for streaming over the net, but it looks amazing on a HD monitor.  The higher frame rate really smoothes out the video, I highly recommend this setting for skiing. As you can see from the video, the snow wasn’t too shabby either.

Jakes Peak Pow 2.22.10 from Nathaniel Mildner on Vimeo.

VholdRs at Squaw, They’re Everywhere!

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

So I’ve been taking the VholdR Contour HD 1080p out to Squaw and experimenting with different mounts and settings.  There are tons of people out riding with various POV camera setups these days and getting some awesome footage. My favorite setup so far is with the Vented Helmet Mount set up on top of my Smith Variant and the camera shooting in the 960p Tall HD mode. This mode has a taller 4:3 aspect ratio compared to the  16:9 wide screen view of the 1080p mode.  It makes it much easier to get both the ground/skis and the horizon in the shot which gives the video nice perspective.  I haven’t gotten a true bluebird powder day yet, but I’ve been impressed with the footage I’ve been getting in less than stellar light conditions. The video below was shot at Squaw on Feb 3rd and 4th.

Our unofficial buddy Miles Clark has been absolutely tearing up Squaw recently and skiing some impressive lines with his ContourHD rolling. He uses the Flat Surface Mount on the side of his helmet and usually shoots in in 1280 x 720 720p HD. He has this setup pretty dialed and the footage looks great! The quality of the skiing in Miles’ videos is on another level compared to mine so check out his blog and see what its like to jump pretty much every cliff at Squaw! His video below was also shot on Feb 3rd and 4th, just with a few more interesting line choices than mine!

Squaw Valley Powder Day

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

This week mother nature gave us a fairly warm storm that left very little snow at lake level but a foot or so of cream cheese above 8000 feet. Although this storm looks like little more than a warm up considering the series of storms NOAA is predicting for next week, but it was an extremely fun day to be on snow. The weather was pretty variable, with the sun in and out of the clouds and snow showers periodically throughout the day. The VholdR ContourHD did a great job of adjusting to changing light conditions and got some good footage in so so light conditions. Check It Out!

Powder Tree Skiing with the VholdR ContourHD 1080P – 12.30.09

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

While we haven’t had a big storm in a few weeks here in Tahoe, we have been getting a series of smaller storms that have kept the snow great. With holiday season pass blackouts and the avalanche danger at considerable, we decided it was time to lap some pow in the trees in the sidecountry outside of Alpine Meadows. The skiing was fairly low angle mellow terrain but there were some fun rocks and pillows to drop off of and the snow was pretty much perfect. The area we were skiing can be accessed by a traverse out of the boundary of the ski area, but we were earning our turns and skinned up for three laps of perfect pow.

I’m still trying to find the perfect spot to put the Vented Helmet Mount for the VholdR on my helmet. I moved the mount slightly forward from where it was in the last video and I think I moved it a little too much. I think about half way between the two spots I’ve used so far should be the money spot. While the Vented Helmet Mount is more solid and steady than the Goggle Mount, the Goggle Mount does have the advantage of getting an angle that is very close to the point of view of the skier pretty much every time without any trial and error. It was a cloudy day with some intermittent snow and the VholdR ContourHD 1080p did a great job of capturing good footage in less than ideal light.

We were the Deuter Backpack crew out there on this day, Phil was rocking his Guide 45 while I was using the Freerider Pro 30. The more I use the Freerider Pro the more I find little details that make it a really great ski pack. For example, the hip belt pocket is larger than on most other ski packs and it fits my small Canon point and shoot camera easily without cramming it in. The helmet attachment system is also very well thought out and easy to use.

Overall it was another great day with perfect snow and a very mellow vibe. Hopefully the snow keeps coming and we have the kind of season people will be talking about for years. Enjoy!

Jakes Peak Pow 12.15.09

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

This past Tuesday I finally got out for a great day at Jakes Peak in the Tahoe Backcountry. The snow had stabilized and consolidated a bit leaving nice creamy powder everywhere. The snow was great, especially considering its only mid December.  It was also a day of testing out some new gear. I took out a pair of the new Black Diamond Zealots with Fritchi Freeride Plus bindings. This may be my favorite backcountry setup yet. Certainly not the lightest setup out there but it will be ready for anything and be extremely fun on the way down. The 110mm waist is wide enough to float well and the rockered tip just busts through crud and variable snow. Hero snow like this makes any ski fun, but I can’t get over how much fun these Zealots are in any conditions. Phil is also rocking his new Deuter Guide 45+ pack, a great choice for both backcountry skiing and mountaineering.

I also got to take the VholdR ContourHD 1080p out skiing for the first time. The light was a little flat but I think the footage came out great. The video below was shot by myself using the Vented Helmet mount, and by Phil using the Goggle Mount. The Vented Helmet mount is probably the sturdiest and most versatile mount for the VholdR that I have tried yet. I highly recommend it. Next time I’m going to try to point the camera down a bit more to get the tips of my skis in the shot a little more, I think it helps give the video some perspective. You can tell that the footage at the beginning of the video shot using the Vented Helmet mount is a little more steady than the footage in the second half that was taken using the Goggle Mount, but both look great.  The video features the POV skiing of myslef and Phil, with special guest appearances by Roger, Shane, Adrienne, and Bruno the Vizsla.

Press Release: Tahoe Mountain Sports Expands Operations

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Kings Beach based outdoor retailer Tahoe Mountain Sports is expanding operations in anticipation of a busy holiday season and the continued growth of their online retail operation. The Lake Tahoe based retailer launched a new website in mid September that features a store blog, learning search, live chat, and other state of the art features. They are also doubling the size of their retail location on North Lake Boulevard in Kings Beach in response to growth in both the online and local sales channels.

Founded in 2003, Tahoe Mountain Sports has continued to grow through the recession and is poised to make an impact in the competitive retail outdoor gear industry. “People are being smarter with their money and shopping around more. This really benefits us because we have a unique combination of knowledgeable staff, great customer service, and competitive prices and we can now serve our customer even better” said Tahoe Mountain Sports’ owner David Polivy.  “The new website has some really great customer service tools, like live chat and The new retail space will give us room to expand both online and here locally in North Lake Tahoe.” he continued.  The new website, has been live since mid September, and the new expanded retail location is scheduled to open mid November.

During winter months, Tahoe Mountain Sports specializes in backcountry ski and snowboard gear, high quality clothing and outerwear, along with accessories for any winter activity you can imagine. Including the Black Diamond Megawatt, what some say is the best of the new breed of rockered powder skis and the hot new VholdR ContourHD 1080p helmet camera that can capture and help you share all your adventures in full 1080p HD video.  During summer, TMS offers everything from tents, sleeping bags, stoves, and backpacks, to rash guards, flip flops, and board shorts. High quality, niche brands are their specialty, with representation from Cloudveil, Black Diamond, Patagonia, Mammut, Icebreaker, Keen, Vasque, Gregory, Deuter and more. Come stop by the store or check us out online for the best selection of gear, clothing, and local knowledge in Tahoe.

VholdR ContourHD 1080p Featured in USA Today!

Monday, November 9th, 2009

The new Vholdr ContourHD 1080p was recently featured in USA Toady, you can check out the article here. The addition of HD quality to the helmet camera market has created a lot of buzz. These great little cameras are still selling out as fast as we can get them, so if you want one for the holidays we recommend placing your order soon.

We haven’t had the 1080p in stock long enough to take one out and get some test footage, but we have been using the regular ContourHD for a few months now and everyone we show the footage to is impressed with the quality. The additional resolution with the 1080p is probably more than most users need, but seeing yourself flying down a mountain in full HD quality is a pretty cool experience.

Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking – Rim Trail and Missing Link

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Here are a couple new videos all shot with the Vholdr ContourHD helmet camera. 2 are from a Tahoe Rim Trail ride from Brockway Summit out to the Mt. Rose Wilderness Boundary and the second set is from a Western STates, Painted Rock, Missing Link Ride. The last one where I turned the Vholdr ContourHD around was one of my favorites.

Vholdr Contour HD Paragliding Video

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

One of our Vholdr Contour HD customers, Mark Haase, recently sent us this awesome video of paragliding over Lake Tahoe. Look closely and you might see Tahoe Mountain Sports in the background, he lands on the beach right across the street from the shop. This file has been compressed quite a bit to keep the file size reasonable, the quality of the original high res version is stunning. This is the first of what should be many videos taken using this awesome new camera.

New Product: VholdR Contour HD!

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to annonce that we will be one of the first dealers in the country to carry the world’s first high definition helmet camera, the VholdR Contour HD. The Contour HD is the latest and greatest from Seattle based Twenty20, a leader in point of view camera technology for action sports. The Contour HD takes the simple and durable design of the original VholdR a step further by adding the capibility to capture high definition video anywhere your sport takes you.

We had the opportunity to try out the original VholdR at Squaw for a few days back in February, and came away impressed with the quality of the construction and the array of features you get for the price. The Contour HD comes with the same simple one piece design, durable aluminum casing, wide angle lens, MicroSD memory and Lithium-Ion battery as the orignal but adds 1280 X 720 resolution at 30fps! This is a huge upgrade in video quality from the 640 x 480 resolution offered by the original VholdR. Also new on the Contour HD is a “High Action” shooting mode that ups the frame rate to 60fps for smooth looking video even at high speed. All these features are packed into a tinyt 4oz package that you won’t even know you’re wearing. The quality and features of the Contour HD stack up to any POV camera at any price while costing only $299. We are now accepting Pre-orders for this fantastic new product and the first orders are scheduled to ship May 18th.

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