I will be answering the questions in order from http://www.newschoolers.com/ns/forums/readthread/thread_id/552650/
1) The most I can spend is about 700 dollars.
2) I don't have much experience with cameras but I have a pretty good understanding of them and could figure things out pretty easily.
3) They only gear I have for it right now is a small tripod
4) I will be shooting almost entirely skiing. I will also probably shoot time lapses occasionally.
5) It would be nice If I could let my friends use the camera but that's not all that important to me.
6) When I'm filming it's almost always from a tripod. I would still do follow cams sometimes too.
7) I don't currently have a good computer so I don't know what one I will be using for editing.