A GoPro camera is an excellent tool to capture your entire skiing experience from the slopes! It’s light, small, and easy to use. The best way to attach a GoPro camera to a ski helmet is with an adhesive mount. In this article, you’ll find instructions so you can capture your skiing experience from start to end using a helmet mount with your GoPro cameras.
What Is a GoPro Camera?
A GoPro camera is a small, lightweight sports video camera used mostly for recording outdoor sports such as surfing, fishing, snowboarding, and GoPro skiing. A GoPro can be set up anywhere and everywhere. The camera consists of six basic parts: Lens Cover Battery Backdoor Curved Adhesive Mount Flat Adhesive Disc.
What Kind of Adhesive do You Need?
If you’re looking for an adhesive helmet mount for your GoPro, we recommend the 3M Dual Lock Adhesive Mount.
This mount comes in both 1-inch and 0.5-inch sizes. The 3M Dual Lock Adhesive Mount is weather resistant and can be applied to almost any surface.
Please note: You must use the adhesive mount in conjunction with a helmet attachment. Otherwise, you will need to purchase one of our GoPro helmet attachments and follow their installation instructions.
Types of Helmet Mounts:
There are three basic ways to mount the GoPro cameras on your helmet:
- The Curved Adhesive helmet Mounts: this mount is the best for helmets that curve downwards. It can be used on helmets with the GoPro Curved Adhesive Surface Mount (not included)
- The Flat Adhesive Mount GoPro: this mount is the best for helmets that have a flat surface.
- Helmet Attachment (GoPro): this type of mount comes with an adhesive attachment or a strap (e.g., Head Strap or Helmet Strap). These helmet attachments are specially designed for the GoPro camera.
There is one main way how to mount a GoPro to a ski helmet, and that’s with an adhesive mount.
There are also third-party products made by companies like Peak Design which make it easy and convenient to attach your GoPro to your climbing harness or backpack strap.
We will show you how to use the adhesive top mount that comes with the standard waterproof housing for both full-frame and wide-angle shots.
The first step in mounting your GoPro camera is making sure your helmet is clean! You’ll want to remove all surface dirt, dust, and oil from the surface of the helmet where you plan on applying the adhesive.
A simple wipe-down should be sufficient! The cleaner the better so make sure it’s nice and clean!
After you make your helmet nice and clean, you want to apply the adhesive mounts. It’s really important that you put it in the right location on your helmet so make sure you do some fittings before applying it for good!
You should have a little bit of space between your helmet and the camera housing, this will allow for heat to dissipate when using an extended battery pack or BacPac. This will keep your camera from overheating while filming.
The adhesive GoPro mount comes in three different sizes that can be cut from the larger one depending on where you plan to attach them. The standard size is 1 inch by 1 inch which we’ll show here but you can easily them down to fit better if need be.
Once you have your adhesive cut to size, peel the back off and stick it onto your helmet. Make sure it’s in the correct location before sticking it! You want to make sure it’s right where you want it so take your time and do some test fittings on scrap materials before applying for good!
Now press firmly down over each corner of the mount until you feel a distinct click sound which means it is stuck on for good. Congratulations! You now have a helmet mounted GoPro camera on your ski helmet using an adhesive helmet mount!
What is The Best Angle For My POV Video?
The best angle depends on what you are trying to capture during your POV recording session.
For example, if you want to record yourself performing a jump into a half-pipe, use an upper-body shot that captures your face in the frame while before or after pushing off for take-off.
This way people can see how much fun you have when doing this type of trick! If you want to film other skiers and riders with you, try rotating your camera downwards to record their movements. You can also try using a GoPro mount extension so you can see more of your surroundings and still be able to use your ski pole or make it easier to hold to capture footage.
Tips for Taking the Best Possible Shots
Here are some tips for making sure you get the best possible shots:
- Keep the camera level when filming to minimize distracting movements of the horizon line. You can do this by mounting the camera pointing slightly down or up depending on what angle you want your footage to be filmed from.
- Set out a 30-second shot list before skiing each run so that you can plan ahead and get all of your favorite tricks and maneuvers in without constantly stopping and starting.
This will help improve continuity in your edits later! It is very frustrating to edit together one long video only to find that half of it was accidentally filmed upside down and backward.
- Remember to use the helmet strap, not the adhesive mounts, when gopro skiing because your movements could cause the camera to shift position or fall off. Keep your eye on the mount GoPro while you are skiing to make sure that it is always securely attached!
- Try to film as many different angles and perspectives as you can. Try mounting the camera on your helmet, or chest harness, or extending the pole for extreme sports such as gopro skiing and snowboarding! You will thank yourself when it comes time to edit your epic ski POV video together and capture footage that is unique!
By now, you should have a working knowledge of your GoPro camera and GoPro accessories on your helmet using an adhesive mount. This will allow you to capture all of your skiing and snowboarding adventures from the slopes! Be sure to check back for more GoPro tips.