The Spring of 2013 in Minnesota may go down as the best Nordic skiing conditions ever. I personally can not remember cross-country skiing on April 13th with perfect "mid Winter" conditions. This morning as the sun was rising over Lake Superior I headed out onto the Lester Amity Ski Trails. After a two day blizzard, the sun reappears and the trails were in their finery. The pines trees were snow encrusted, and the classic track was set and deep.
I hope you enjoy the video I made using my GoPro camera. I use a head mount for my camera, and normally only take video on downhills in order I may concentrate on holding the camera platform steady (i.e. me). The alternative is dizzying.
There are three parts to the video:
- The Upper Trails
- Ski Down to the Deeps (a waterfall at the trail's head)
- Skiing Home on Occidental Blvd (200 yards from the Deeps)
Because this blog is "NorthStarNerd.Org", here are two tools which were invaluable in making my movie:
- MP4Cam2AVI: This free utility from SourceForge converts mp4 files to avi. One of the free tools to create movies is Microsoft Movie Maker, but it only works with Microsoft video formats. Thus you should understand the need for a conversion tool. Microsoft Movie Make allows one to easily add music, titles, transitions, etc.
- Internet Archive Music: I like to use "legal" music where I also don't have to worry about the possability of computer viruses (often found on mp3 sites). The Internet Archive provides me that option.
Here are two photographs from today's ski inclduing a picture from my ski boot's perspective, followed by Nordic Wonder ... The Movie!
Nordic Wonder: The Movie!