Commercial drone exemption holder Cape Productions has partnered with select winter resorts across North America to bring drone video services to guests.
Skiers and snowboarders can sign up, meet Cape on the mountain and get filmed by the autonomous drones while riding. Soon after completing their runs, customers receive a professionally edited and published video online to share. Cape’s team includes Google[x] alumni, Stanford engineers, and athletes – including a former U.S. Ski Team member and former pro snowboarder.
The company says it maintains safe distances from the ground, all major obstacles and crowded areas. The drones can fly up to 40 mph and thus stay ahead of the athletes, as well as withstand weather conditions and high altitudes. Cape says it has also worked with government and resort officials and the National Ski Areas Association to safely launch the drone service.
Cape’s first official winter season follows successfully filming hundreds of customers in Canada last season, in addition to aiding the U.S. Ski Team with their training in New Zealand this summer. With a Series A funding led by New Enterprise Associates, Cape has raised $10.4 million of capital since its founding in June 2014.
Cape has filmed riders in Canada under Transport Canada approval since last year and is approved to fly at Canadian resorts this winter. In the U.S., Cape has operated under Federal Aviation Administration Section 333 approval (for the 3D Robotics X8+) since April and is currently working with the agency to finalize its approval for broader ski resort operations in the country.
“Time with friends and family in the outdoors is sacred. Capturing video of these experiences and managing camera equipment takes us out of the moment, and video editing is both difficult and time-consuming. Today, we are excited to announce the start of a new chapter in drones and consumer video as a whole,” comments Jason Soll, CEO and co-founder of Cape. “We’ve taken a completely different approach by doing all of the hard work for our customers in a way that is fast, affordable and beautiful.”