Dave Amirault

Sep 19

Testing out ANOTHER wireless speaker for Sony. This one is splash-proof. 

I’ll find out if it is champagne proof this weekend.

Testing out ANOTHER wireless speaker for Sony. This one is splash-proof.

I’ll find out if it is champagne proof this weekend.

Sep 18

It begins. 

Goodbye summer. Welcome back, snow.

It begins.

Goodbye summer. Welcome back, snow.

Testing out a new toy for Sony, it’s their new Bluetooth / NFC speaker called the BTX 300. 20 watts of power, 8 hours of battery life, AND it has a USB port on the back so you can charge your phone / tablet / mobile device on the go or while plugged in. SCORE!
This thing sounds BAD-ASS! I’ve been using it at work, in my bathroom while I get ready for the morning, and even took it on a hike the other night. It’s got Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC, and the range is around 30-40 feet in my tests.
I’m going to use the heck out of this thing this winter in the gondola on Ajax. No need to wait for the red buckets anymore! 
Pros
Battery life is solid at 8 hours.
Portable, but not too large or too small.
Sound is crisp, clear, and bass is neither too strong or too light.
USB port on the back allows you to charge whatever the heck you want while you’re using the speaker.
Has Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC. (Now if Apple would put NFC in their phones…)
Comes with a convenient neoprene carry case.
Has a line in on the rear, so you can use your old devices that don’t have Bluetooth.
Only $160. Perfect for X-mas gifts.
Cons
No Airplay integration. Probably because adding WiFi and licensing it would bring the price point up.
Not waterproof? I’m really stretching for cons here. 
Tech Specs
Weight: 3 lb 8 oz.
Battery Type: Lithium Ion, non removable.
Output: 10W x2
Wireless/Networking: Bluetooth 3.0 and it supports A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP. Also, it has NFC for one-touch listening with other NFC devices. 
It’s on sale right now for $159, check it out.

Testing out a new toy for Sony, it’s their new Bluetooth / NFC speaker called the BTX 300. 20 watts of power, 8 hours of battery life, AND it has a USB port on the back so you can charge your phone / tablet / mobile device on the go or while plugged in. SCORE!

This thing sounds BAD-ASS! I’ve been using it at work, in my bathroom while I get ready for the morning, and even took it on a hike the other night. It’s got Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC, and the range is around 30-40 feet in my tests.

I’m going to use the heck out of this thing this winter in the gondola on Ajax. No need to wait for the red buckets anymore! 

Pros

Cons

Tech Specs

It’s on sale right now for $159, check it out.

Another amazing night in Aspen comes to a close. Wait a second, why isn’t it raining?  (at Aspen Mountain)

Another amazing night in Aspen comes to a close. Wait a second, why isn’t it raining? (at Aspen Mountain)

Sep 15

My 8 month old Labradoodle, Rudy. This was before his haircut this week. What a shaggy little guy.

My 8 month old Labradoodle, Rudy. This was before his haircut this week. What a shaggy little guy.

skiier-bum asked: 1 i like your poles i have the same ones. 2 where do you go to get the thing to put the go pro on you pole?

Hey, that’s the bike handlebar mount and you can buy it at GoPro.com

laura54321 asked: Dear Dave ,As a long time fan of video production and Snowmass/Aspen I was hoping I could contact you to gain insight into how you began your career. I am going to be graduating in 3 months from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. My love of film and skiing has made me want to move out west after graduating. May I contact you in the near future about how you started your career? Thank you for your time, Laura Habecker.

Hey Laura, shoot me an email at dave@ozskier.com and I’ll tell you all about it.

I wasn’t about to let a little rain ruin an amazing mountain bike ride above Aspen.

I wasn’t about to let a little rain ruin an amazing mountain bike ride above Aspen.

Sep 03

Hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend. Here’s a shot that I snagged with my Sony NEX-5R last night. This camera has quickly replaced my Canon DSLR as my primary shooter. The low light performance is kick-ass, as you can see in this shot. I was a little skeptical about mirrorless cameras at first, but after a couple weeks I am now a believer.

Hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend. Here’s a shot that I snagged with my Sony NEX-5R last night. This camera has quickly replaced my Canon DSLR as my primary shooter. The low light performance is kick-ass, as you can see in this shot. I was a little skeptical about mirrorless cameras at first, but after a couple weeks I am now a believer.

Aug 21

US Pro Cycling Challenge - Stage 1

We’re very fortunate to have events all year around up here in Aspen, and the US Pro Cycling Challenge is one that I look forward to each year. It’s America’s biggest and baddest race and brings in the best cyclists from around the planet for a seven day tour through Colorado. This year, Aspen was the host to Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the tour.

I’ll spare you the details of the terrain and how gnarly this stage is, what I will show you is what I saw during my time camped out at the finish line of the race thanks to my new Sony NEX 5-R.

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Free cowbells, and Aspen Mountain in the background. Sweet.

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A panoramic of the start/finish of Stage 1 facing Aspen Mountain.

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Aaaaaaand they’re off. 68.2 miles until they’re done.

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They were lookin’ FAST coming through after their first lap of three.

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Of course Meredith was there, signs in hand, hashtags and all. 

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These massive cardboard cutouts of Peter Sagan (he won Stage 1) were hilarious. 

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Pushing hard to the finish line. Can’t imagine what these guys feel like at this point. 

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A little panoramic that my friend Lindsy shot while she was oggling over my new camera

Aug 20

Returned home from my trip to San Diego and Los Angeles with some new Sony toys to put through the ringer. It’s like a very nerdy Christmas up in here!
What’s in this fat stack of tech?
NEX-5R (Mirrorless Camera)
Xperia Tablet (Android powered, duh)
New Camcorder w/ Integrated Projector (PJ830, for the nerds)
Sports MP3 Player (Waterproof headphones, yes!)
Sony ActionCam (Their answer to GoPro)

Returned home from my trip to San Diego and Los Angeles with some new Sony toys to put through the ringer. It’s like a very nerdy Christmas up in here!

What’s in this fat stack of tech?

Aug 18

Headed home. Los Angeles, it’s been real.

Headed home. Los Angeles, it’s been real.

I’m back home after a wild trip to San Diego and Los Angeles for Sony Club. Highlight of my life. Can’t wait to share the whole story with you all. For now, it’s time to walk Rudy and unpack!

I’m back home after a wild trip to San Diego and Los Angeles for Sony Club. Highlight of my life. Can’t wait to share the whole story with you all. For now, it’s time to walk Rudy and unpack!

Aug 14

I’m partnering up with Sony for a special project called #SonyClub.

A few months ago I received an interesting email from Sony of America, it was an invitation to join a new program they were creating called Sony Club. What the hell is Sony Club? Glad you asked. It’s a program designed to gather together content creators who are passionate about the work they create and the gear they use. 

How the heck did they find me? Turns out someone in their PR team has had their eye on me for a while via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Score! Chalk another win up for social media.

I’m about to board my flight to San Diego to meet up with the Sony PR team, Sony of America’s COO, and my fellow Sony Club members. We’re going to test out some new camera gear, hit up Del Mar Racetrack, sail around San Diego on a massive sailboat, and talk shop with their product engineers. In short, I’m going to be in nerd heaven for the next few days.

Can’t wait to get my grubby mitts on some sweet new Sony gear and bring it back to Aspen for some extensive product testing.

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Jul 17

Stop Doing This: Instagram Caption Links

Ok people, consider this your friendly reminder that LINKS INSIDE INSTAGRAM PHOTO CAPTIONS ARE NOT CLICKABLE. It frustrates the shit out of people like me when I see them being used, and I’m not the only one. It’s like showing something off and saying look, but don’t touch. So why in the hell are you still sticking them in there?

Here’s why some of you may still be doing this.

So, what CAN you do? 

Here’s a short video that illustrates how I feel about people that use links in captions.

* Freeskier also places links inside their Instagram captions, but at least they indicate that you can visit their profile to click the link.