Explore Tahoe: Squaw Valley offering drone videos for skiers, snowboarders | SierraSun.com

Explore Tahoe: Squaw Valley offering drone videos for skiers, snowboarders

■ Kaleb M. Roedel | kroedel@sierrasun.com

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — You're twisting. You're turning. You're landing new tricks for the first time.

You're not just skiing; you're ripping powder like never before.

Sure, you had a GoPro rolling to get point-of-view action, but imagine if you could capture a birds-eye view of your epic run?

At Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, now you can.

For the past few weeks, the North Tahoe ski resort has been in operation with Cape Productions, a consumer drone video service for action sports.

Through Cape's cutting-edge technology, skiers and snowboarders at Squaw-Alpine can relive their time on the slopes through professionally edited highlight videos filmed from the air by a drone.

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"It looks like something came straight out of a Warren Miller movie," said Jason Soll, CEO of Cape Productions. "With every run, the drone captures your run from different angles — from the front, the side, behind, up above — to really capture the totality of the experience. And it looks so beautiful."

In a nutshell, the service is like having your own personal film crew, one that captures sweeping wide-angle views of you carving down a mountain — the white snow, green trees and blue sky serving as your striking backdrop.

All you do is ski or ride, a drone and a Cape member with a handheld camera films two of your runs, and then within 48 hours a slickly edited two-minute highlight video with music and special effects is delivered to your secure, personal web page.

In other words, Cape does all the work — while you have fun.

"We're so excited to offer Squaw skiers and snowboarders gorgeous accounts of their time out on the mountain," Soll said. "We know when you get back to your desk Monday morning your mind wants to get back to the slopes … Our service offers a way to relive those moments without pulling you out of the moment; that doesn't give you additional work to manage devices or video edit."

Cape's drone service is currently operating for individuals or groups Thursday-Monday on the Knob Hill run, accessible from the top of the Red Dog chairlift at Squaw Valley.

Cape crewmembers are also stationed at the base of the Funitel to answer questions and coordinate reservations.

"Partnering with Cape Productions will allow our guests to capture the exhilaration factor that we all love about snow sports," said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. "The opportunity to capture your most ripping runs from a birds-eye perspective is not a frequent one, and having a highlight reel to take home is the icing on the cake."

Cape — which in January became the first drone video company in the United States legally allowed to fly within 500 feet of customers — got its feet wet at Squaw Valley by filming Dawn Patrol sessions before opening the service to the public Presidents' Day weekend.

"All the folks that used it with Dawn Patrol has an amazing experience," Soll said. "And it's only going to get better throughout the rest of the season."

The cost for a Cape video package is $99. Visit cape.com to book a specific time.

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Visit cape.com to learn more about Cape Productions or to book a specific time for a Cape video package at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows.