In recent weeks, many sources have reported the banning of private drones at most of the nation’s ski resorts. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), which represents more than 300 facilities in the U.S. and Canada, has drafted a policy that restricts drone usage without authorization.
But Cape Productions is offering to film you in a highly polished manner worthy of the X-Games if you happen to be a guest at: British Columbia’s Fernie Alpine Resort; California’s Homewood Mountain; Colorado’s Winter Park Resort and Copper Mountain; Idaho’s Schweitzer Mountain; New Jersey’s Mountain Creek; Oregon’s Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood Meadows; or Utah’s Powder Mountain.
Cape has received permission to fly at Canadian resorts from Transport Canada, and has special approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly drones at select resorts. Founded in 2014, the company spent the last year building and testing its drones, and is now working with the FAA and NSAA to expand the service to more resorts, and recently raised $10.4 million in private funding in order to do so.
Cape has developed a fleet of customized autonomous drones to track and film ski, flying up to 40 miles-per-hour. Using GPS and mapping, the drones are programmed to avoid obstacles. But what drone videography gives you that you could never achieve on your own, are the aerial shots from various angles.
Cape will also edit the clips to produce a professional-quality, two-minute video that designed to share on social media. As a production company staffed with former Google and Stanford University engineers, Cape has worked with the likes of the U.S. Ski Team to film their training sessions. Depending on the resort, the service covers three runs, and the cost ranges from $100 to $200.