In this post I’ll share the 7 best GoPro accessories for skiing for both the Hero4 Black / Silver and the Hero5 Black.
One awesome thing about the Hero5 is that it’s waterproof. You don’t have to worry about putting it in an extra housing which means lens fog shouldn’t be a problem.
But if you’re shooting with a Hero3 or Hero4, you’ll need to be concerned about lens fog. Here’s our guide to eliminating lens fog inside the waterproof housing.
In this post, I’ll share the best GoPro accessories for skiing, and talk about some of the positives and negatives of each mount to help you make a decision.
Read about GoPro tips for snowboarders.
GoPro Ski Accessories: POV Consideration
Opinions about the best GoPro ski accessories differ because it depends on the point of view (POV) that you prefer.
Some want to see themselves skiing and others want to see the view. Chances are (if you’re like me) you want a little of both – and your viewers will too. That means you’ll probably want a few different accessories / mounts.
7 Best GoPro Accessories for Skiing
Here are the 7 best GoPro accessories for skiing. The first four are helmet mounts and the final three are pole, chest and gimbal mounts.
To get started, here are the best helmet mounts.
This swivel extension mount by Sublime gives a selfie POV but, unlike some helmet mounts, this one isn’t too close to your face (don’t you hate that?).
With this mount, you can see more of the scenery than with a regular GoPro front helmet mount in the selfie position. The extension bar allows for a wide POV.
Here is a video of the POV from an extension mount.
This swivel rotor helmet mount gives an even more natural look (less like a reverse-bobble-head).
Note of Caution: These first two options stick off from your head, which could be a problem if you’re skiing through trees. The next two helmet mounts (options #3 and 4) have a lower profile – and will be safer in some settings.
Check out the POV from this swivel helmet mount.
The standard GoPro Helmet Mount is a great option for forward facing POV.
But I’m not a fan of using this mount for selfie footage. It’s just too close.
Here is a video comparing the POV from this helmet mount with a chest mount. Mount #2 in the video is the helmet mount.
The side mount gives more of a point of reference (than the front helmet mount) because it shows more of your body.
But I find the image of the helmet distracting, and the footage doesn’t look balanced to me.
In the following video, you’ll see the POV from a side helmet mount mounted on the left side.
The pole mount is a great GoPro accessory for skiing because you can mount it to a piece of gear you’re already packing.
Who wants to bring extra gear (like a separate selfie or grip mount) if you can avoid it?
It also gives a great POV. You can shoot yourself, your friends and the scenery.
In the following video you’ll see how versatile the ski-pole mount is.
The GoPro chest mount has a sturdy design and is large enough to fit over your ski jacket. It comes in a junior size as well.
The POV from this mount shows a nice bit of your body (arms and legs) which helps to give a point of reference in your videos. Because you can snug the straps, the footage is generally more stable than the helmet mounts.
Here’s a video showing the POV and some tips for use.
This grip includes a motorized gimbal stabilizer which keeps everything looking smooth. You can use this to film your friends, the scenery, and to take selfie video.
It’s also smaller than a ski pole, so if you don’t use your poles much, (or could get away with just one) this would be less awkward than mounting to your ski pole.
Here’s a video showing just how smooth it is.
GoPro Karma Grip Hero5 Skiing Video
Talk about smooth!
There they are, my top 7 picks for the best GoPro accessories for skiing.
What About Mounting the GoPro to Your Ski or Ski Boot?
The POV from the GoPro mounted on a ski looks cool, but snow globs are a problem. Footage doesn’t look so good when half the image is hidden under a large gray blob. You’ll probably get snow on your lens with other mounts, but it will be way worse if you mount the camera on your ski boot or ski.
There are also a lot of complaints about the mount coming off of the ski. This could be due to the vibration or improper preparation of surface of the ski.
The blind spots caused by snow and the adhesion problems are why these mounts didn’t make it on my best GoPro ski accessories list.
You can get a similar POV from the GoPro mounted to your ski pole, and you don’t risk loosing your camera in the snow. The pole mount is mounted with a clamp – no adhesive.
What’s Your Favorite POV?
What do you think? Is there a POV that comes out a clear winner in your eyes?
My favorite comes from the pole mount. It gives a great shot of you and the scenery. It’s versatile because it can film high or low, and face forward or back without needing to be taken off and moved around. And it’s great for filming your friends.
One great thing with the Hero5 Black is that it has image stabilization and SuperView. Those features make footage from the forward facing helmet mount look better than it did from older GoPro models. But the helmet mount can still give the feeling that the camera is floating.
The helmet mount can also cause problems with head movement. This can leave your viewers feeling motion sick.
What did you think of that side helmet mount? It looked a little off to me. I don’t like that it shows the side of the helmet (too distracting) and it made me feel like the wearer was going to smash into the trees and other obstacles on their left side. I was tensing up with each pass.
Summing it all up, I would go with the pole mount and the chest mount.
Here’s one last video, just for the fun of it. In this one they’ve used a bunch of mounting locations. It’s a good example of why you may want to try more than one.
GoPro Hero5 Video Showing Cuts From Various Mounting Locations
Doesn’t that make you want to find some snow, strap on your skis and get going!?
Please let me know what you consider the best GoPro accessories for skiing by commenting on this post.
And if you liked this, please share it with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.