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Sierra Resort's high-tech video during snowboard lessons

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Combining cutting-edge technology from Zeal Optics and iON camera with instruction from Professional Snowsports Instructors of America (PSIA) certified instructors, Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort guests now have the ability to learn in a new fashion.

When Sierra guests book any private lesson of three hours or more, they will have the option of adding video analysis with the Zeal HD Camera Goggle.

Located in the frame of the goggle the Zeal HD Camera Goggle captures 1080p HD quality video and can shoot up to 8 megapixel photos for quick, easy HD imagery without having to take off your gloves.

Sierra believes that technology should allow snowboarders to see how they can improve, not just be told. With the Zeal HD Camera instructors have the ability to enhance lesson offerings and allow guests to understand improvement tips through viewing and listening.

"Sierra Resort is extremely excited to be partnering with Zeal Optics," said Steven Hemphill, communications manager at Sierra-at-Tahoe. "No other resort in the nation has this program and Sierra Resort is thrilled to utilize technology and teaching to improve our guests skiing and riding abilities. The quality of the video is fantastic and delivers clear, crisp images and video. You gotta check it out!"

PSIA certified instructors will wear the goggle with built-in HD camera to capture video throughout the private lesson then dissect it throughout the day inside the Sierra's Learn to Ride Center. The Zeal HD Goggle will give guests instant visual feedback, the ability to highlight techniques and movements by selecting key moments in the video, the opportunity to understand what corrections and adjustments need to be made according to instructor comments, and show the guest just how much they are progressing.

Video instruction can be added onto a three-hour private lesson for $30, and $60 for full-day private lessons.

Once guests experience this new goggle technology, they can buy a pair of their own at a discounted price in the Sierra Mt. Sports store, located at the base of the mountain.

Additionally, Sierra Resort will showcase the goggle technology through the "Goggles Don't Lie" program on the Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Facebook page every Friday. The videos will showcase actual snow conditions and on-mountain activities for guests to see.


Author Jeffrey Weidel, an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region,  can be spotted skiing the powdery slopes at Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts or trying to lower his handicap at local golf courses. He can be reached at skiweidel@gmail.com

Follow him on Twitter at @jeffweidel.