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Ten Awesome Uses for a POV Camera While Traveling

March 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)


The Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 with helmet mount, which we used to film the zip line POV below

There are plenty of Point-Of-View movie cameras on the market to choose from and they're truly the bee’s knees when it comes to taking and sharing action shots.

It wasn't all that long ago that travelers were limited to lugging around a bulky camcorder to capture the action-packed moments of a trip, and always from the sidelines. Thanks to constant advances in technology and the drive to decrease camera size as you increase functions, many action cameras now even have built-in WiFi, so you can gloat within minutes on social media.

Obviously we love the thought of POV time-lapse adventures and the like, but here are ten awesome uses of POV cameras while traveling:

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Video Interlude: A Point-of-View Slide Down a 2,000' Zip Line

March 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Costa Rica has done an excellent job at branding themselves as the place to head for zip lining, but there are other destinations that can strip up a steel cable and strap willing adventurers on it for a speedy ride. One such place is Park City, Utah where, instead of sending you flying through tropical tree canopies, you instead soar above snowdrifts and through the peaks of towering pines.

The "Zip Tour Adventure" at Park City's Canyons Resort comes in two flavors: one 800' zip line for shaky-kneed first-timers, and one 2,111' zip line for those who want to go all-out.

We'll let you guess which we opted for, though you can just see for yourself in our video below, shot point-of-view style using a Sony ActionCam with helmet harness.

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How to Go Bobsledding on a Real Olympic Track, with Real Olympic Speeds

March 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Two questions for you. 1: Have you ever seen the film Cool Runnings? 2: Have you ever wanted to experience 5 g and 80+ mph? We're going to assume that you've answered yes to both because you're awesome, and that is why you need to add bobsledding to your bucket list.

There aren't many places in the world that offer true bobsledding for the regular public, but one spot is right here in the United States, at Park City's Utah Olympic Park. In addition to their Nordic ski jumps and a speed skating oval, there's an Olympic-length bobsled track kept fully functional year-round; though the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics are long over, the track is still very much used for training of the US Olympic teams...and for giving the adventurous one hell of an adrenaline rush with the "Winter Comet Bobsled Ride."

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Where the Sundance Stars are Refueling This Week in Park City

January 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again, when the small resort town of Park City, UT gets overrun by celebrities, publicists, paparazzi, and other industry types for the Sundance Film Festival. And, after their movies have premiered and their portraits have been taken, those celebs head out for a bite at one of the fest's many hotspots.

Here's a look at 3 of the most popular nosh spots during this year's fest:

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Park City Primer: Off the Slopes, It's Time for Boozing and Bobsledding

December 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)


BOBSLEDS!

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Duh, the skiing and snowboarding around the Park City area is absolutely world class. They call it the greatest snow on earth for a reason, and if you're looking for challenging, aggressive terrain, in bounds or in the back country, Utah doesn't disappoint in the least.

Still, you've got to do something other than drink during après-ski times, so here are five of our favorite off-slopes activities around Park City:

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Park City Primer: Going to Extremes with Heli-skiing

December 20, 2012 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Sure, regular ski hills are a lot of fun. Sit in a lift, ride down, sit in a lift, ride down. Repeat until beer. Fun, right? But what if you fancy something a little more extreme on your trip to Utah? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Here's a couple of ideas for a true adrenaline rush:

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Park City Primer: At the Peak of Snowboarder's Paradise

December 19, 2012 at 4:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Yesterday we talked about two of the best hills in Utah catering only to skiers. No need to despair if you prefer to ride though; there are plenty of other spots in UT that will welcome you with open arms. Nine resorts in the state have terrain parks, and the off-piste riding is absolutely world class. Many ski areas have a back country feel even when in bounds, and the treeline riding is simply breathtaking.

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Park City Primer: Skiers Only at Deer Valley and Alta

December 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Two of the remaining three resorts in the US that do not allow snowboards are within forty or so miles of each other in Utah. It's not really clear why these rules are the case, given that the rest of Utah is pro-snowboarder, but if you're a skiier who'd rather not share the slopes then heading to UT for your next trip could be the way to go.

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Park City Primer: Reaching the Slopes from Salt Lake City

December 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (2)

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Spoilt for choice doesn't even begin to describe Park City, Utah. Whether we're talking skiing or snowboarding, snow-shoeing or simply building snowmen, there's a huge amount of varied terrain, most of which is very accessible and a great mix for all abilities. In fact, the three resorts closest to Park City are all easy to get to without a car (one is walking distance from downtown Park , and there are another half dozen ski hills within an hour's drive.

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Salt Lake City's Airport Will Tear It All Down and Basically Start Over Again

January 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Each week seems to bring more and more airport news, and this week is no exception as it looks like Salt Lake City International Airport is prepping for a major overhaul. We might be exaggerating just a little bit, but the plans and blueprints make it seems like they’re tearing down much of the place and starting from scratch. Airport officials better hope that their primary tenant—Delta—sticks around, as they wouldn’t want to spend all the cash for nothing.

The new additions and upgrades are going to cost around $1.8 billion, give or take a couple bucks, and if all sticks to schedule the cranes will be hanging out with the planes beginning in 2013. Airport officials as well as the city’s mayor have secured some funding from the airlines that call the airport home, so there’s quite a bit of momentum towards building the new place. However, it’s going to be a lot of work to get there, as the finished single terminal project won’t be complete until around 2018.

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Watch the Best of This Year's Sundance Film Fest from the Comfort of Home

January 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're bummed you're not in Park City this week for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (like we are), there's good new.

For the first time, Sundance will be streaming several events and panels live throughout the festival at www.sundance.org/live and www.livestream.com/sundancefest.

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How To Get Last Minute Tickets To The 2012 Sundance Film Festival

January 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Sundance Film Festival kicks off in just two days, but believe it or not, there's still time to get tickets.

This year, films like Robot and Frank starring Frank Langella, Arbitrage starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, and This Must Be The Place starring Sean Penn, are all going to be hot tickets, but we have a few last minute tips to help you get into all of this year's must see movies.

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