Snowdrones

It has been a while since our last post, but we promise we’ve been busy.

This past week, Ben Martin (VP of Engineering) and I were in Crested Butte, CO working with the up-and-coming extreme free-ski production company Two Plank Productions.  It was an awesome time, and we were able to capture amazing footage at the mountain, in back-country valleys, and even Gunnison (a small town down the valley).  We’re still going through all the footage we took while we were there, so we’ll be throwing out a Two Plank-produced video next month.  In the meantime, here are some sweet photos to show you just what we were up to.

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First of all, it was damn cold for us Texas boys.  The first few days that we were there it was snowing, but we were still able to fly both the quad and the hex that we brought.  You can see our little quad flying through some light snow here.  For the majority of the first two days, we were training Corey and CJ of Two Plank on operation of the drones, and would end the day on a shoot at their office or back at the base of the mountain resort.  Over the five days that we were there, we shot at six different locations.  We got everything from free-skiiers hitting home-made kickers to grind the side of an underpass, to a Toyota Tundra cruising through a snow covered valley.  We even shot video of first chair at Mt.  Crested Butte, filled by a few kids from town who had been waiting for FIVE DAYS in the snow.

Honestly, it was absolutely beautiful there.  If you’re ever trying to figure out where to take your ski trip for the winter, choose Crested Butte. They don’t call it the last great Colorado ski town for nothin’.  And oh yeah, the food was unbelievable (i.e. DIJON/FIG pizza at the coolest little basement you’ve ever seen in your life).  Whether we were up on Mt. Crested Butte or “downtown”, there was awesome grub to be had.

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The hex, by the way, did some great flying.  The gimbal held its own on some pretty high velocity panning shots, and we can’t wait to show you the footage.  Just the opportunity to fly our rigs in a completely new environment got us excited while we were planning out our stay, but seeing the hex glide across with Mt. Crested Butte in the background made it all worthwhile.

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More photos to come soon, along with some sick footage.  A big thanks to Two Plank Productions, Corey, and CJ.  We can’t wait to get back up there.

In other news – we’ve got a few big announcements coming up, so stay in touch!

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