You're doing it backwards in my opinion.
I would absolutely suggest investing the 400$ you were going to spend on that camtrol into a nicer tripod. and instead of a $400 camtrol get a $30 x-grip or similar cheap handle rig.
none look into cam caddie with a lockout kit will run you about $120 and is much better than that shit. If you really want to spend a lot of money haha and are determined to get a handle look at the eazy handle v2
I don't think any handle like that is very helpful for skiing. The only time I would use my x grip is for skateboarding or if I need to film really low to the ground and don't want to use my glidecam upside down. I would much rather just film without any kind of grip on my camera than to use my x-grip for skiing. I have not tested this but I feel like a diy fig rig would be much more helpful than a handle for skiing because you want to be able to use both hands and I think a wider grip would be nice.
If you do want a handle at least don't go with the normal x-grip ones, the build quality is so bad! Looks like the x-grip ex models is a little bit better tho.
Go for a glidecam, yeah they are sorta heavy to work with but lets be honest this is skiing. You are gonna be rolling the camera for a few minutes at a time with a lift ride in between. This means you dont have to be able to hold the thing up for a 30 minute movie shoot
If the glidecam is too heavy just do some exercises to help. I recommend a shake weight. Then use the leftover Bar Mitzvah money to buy protein or muscle milk. You'll be using it in no time and everyone will know you as the kid with huge forearms.
Camtrols are the biggest scam ever. You can buy every permutation of shape that camtrol does from opteka for less. Opteka makes a pretty sick fig rig and the scorp grip is timeless. Get those instead of wasting $400 on a piece of plastic.
For tripod, manfrotto 701.
For long lens, you're gonna need to spend more, but luckily, if you don't get that camtrol, you have that money!
Dakine bags are pretty cheap and get the job done, awesome for on-hill work but there's better camera bags out there for non-mountain stuff (and mountain stuff).
Get a vintage 50 instead (pentak, nikkor are solid). Far better than the nifty fifty.
Maybe with all that new gear, you can make a video!!!
Can we please stop suggesting Glidecams as though they're some end-all standard? Why don't we listen to the person's artistic M.O. before we chastise him for not automatically complying to shitty suggestions. No wonder 98% of ski edits are all the same shit. Here guys, I found a great site for you www.skateperception.com
OP, there are many great forms of stabilization available. Top handles do not, in any shape or form, do a damn thing but make it easier to carry your camera to the car.