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First Look: Skydio 2+

The autonomous drone that’ll follow all your moves on the mountain

You already know that drones changed the action-footage game. With seemingly unlimited options for maneuverability and cameras that can now capture 4K HD footage, a solid drone will turn you into an expert outdoor content creator. What you might not know: autonomous drones have changed the game again, taking “set it and forget it” to a new level. Once the drone takes off, it follows a beacon signal, either from your phone or a small remote. Drones like this are perfect for when you’re skiing or snowboarding. All you have to do is click a button on the drone to launch, put the beacon in your pocket, and hit your runs.

a Skydio 2+ drone in the snow
Skydio 2+ (Photo: Skydio)

The Skydio 2+ is a 4K autonomous drone that comes in four kits (Starter Kit, Sport Kit, Cinema Kit, and Pro Kit) and does all the above and more. With a max speed of 36 mph and an updated battery life of 27 minutes, the Skydio 2+ will act as your own personal film crew as you bomb down mountains and weave in and out of trees. And thanks to its unrivaled subject tracking—the drone actually sees you and follows you—and 360-degree obstacle avoidance, you’ll never have to worry about crashing or losing the drone. 

Before getting into the specs, let’s break down the key features. Fresh out of the box, there’s the drone, the beacon controller (about the size of a flip phone), three batteries, a dual charger, a 128MB micro SD card, and a protective case for all of it. Depending on your situation and expertise level with drones, you can control the Skydio with an app or the Skydio Beacon, the latter of which is the most user-friendly way to fly. Simply click a button on the drone to launch, choose where you want the drone to follow you—in front, behind, orbiting, etc.—and start skiing. As you make your way down the mountain, the Skydio 2+ captures your run in 4K60 HDR (4K means a horizontal display resolution of about 4,000 pixels), creating an incredibly beautiful video, all while autonomously avoiding trees and getting aerial angles usually reserved for the pros. 

Speaking of whom, pros use the Skydio too. Skier Lynsey Dyer says that “Skydio has created the most progressive form of self-capture media out there. As an athlete who relies on video and photography to create art, I can now self-capture versus relying on outside videographers or photographers who ultimately own my image. Skydio has brought me independence like never before to express the magic I see in nature that I’ve been unable to share on my own terms…until now.”

The Skydio 2+ weighs in at just over one pound and measures about seven by nine inches, so it can easily fit into a backpack. But don’t be put off by its light weight, as all the components are tightly secured on a durable magnesium skeleton (Skydio also offers a comprehensive support plan in the event something does go wrong). And should you happen to get away from your Skydio, you’ll have no problem getting it back, since it boasts a beacon range of up to 1.8 miles. If you’re looking for a new way to get professional footage of your next ski trip with minimal hassle, the Skydio 2+ will make every run feel like a movie.


Skydio 2+ is the only drone that brings you new feature updates and fun new functionality long after your first flight. For those looking for a gift that keeps on giving, the company is offering the Skydio 2+ for $899 while supplies last. With a $200 discount across the entire Skydio 2+ Kit lineup, there has never been a better time to buy a Skydio. The Holiday promotion is live now at shop.skydio.com.