Winter X Games
Phoenix resident Jason Altzman serves as the managing principal of Aero Marketing Group, an organization that specializes in organizing events and developing memorable promotions for the motorsports and automotive industries. Aside from work, Jason Altzman enjoys traveling, cycling, and snowboarding.
For the last 20 years, the Winter X Games, hosted by ESPN, provide a stage for 200 of the world’s most talented athletes to demonstrate the abilities in extreme winter sports. The 2017 games took place January 26- 29 on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. At the event, spectators were treated to extreme sporting events, live music, and a youth festival. Tickets for the youth festival and sport events were free of charge.
The 2017 Winter X Games featured 18 events revolving around snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, and snow biking, with both male and female competitors. The four-day games featured snowboarder Marcus Kleveland, who successfully landed the first Quad Cork 1800 in-competition. Kleveland went on to win the silver medal in Snowboard Big Air and also a gold medal in Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle.
The Winter X Games have featured snowboarding since they launched in 1997. The sport has soared in popularity as athletes continue to attempt more daring tricks and flips.
Jason Altzman, managing principal of Arizona’s Aero Marketing Group, pursues a range of athletic activities in his free time. Jason Altzman is particularly active as a snowboarder.
For snowboarders at any level, posture and alignment are key to a successful run. Good posture on a snowboard begins with a relaxed but upright torso and arms that hang loose at the sides. The shoulders should align with the hips and feet.
Because the exact width of the feet varies by athlete, snowboarders should experiment a bit to see what width feels comfortable. A stance that is too narrow will feel unstable, while too much distance between the feet will make it difficult to turn. Most snowboarders find that a stance just wider than shoulder width corrects both of these problems while optimizing overall range of movements.
On the board, the snowboarder’s stronger foot should be in the back. One quick way an individual can tell which foot is stronger is by standing straight and even and asking another person to push him or her off balance. The foot that takes charge in steadying the body will be the stronger foot.
The snowboarder’s weight should be evenly distributed when the body is at rest. To maintain this balance, the athlete should get used to pushing with the heels or toes on a turn rather than leaning with the upper body. Rotation of the head should precede all turns, as the body follows the eyes and helps keep the snowboarder on track even as direction changes.
Benefits of Cycling
Currently working as the managing principal for Aero Marketing Group, Jason Altzman uses his previous experience as a driver in motorsports to reach out and work with various clients in that sector, striving to provide the solutions they require. When not spending time at work, Jason Altzman enjoys keeping fit by going cycling.
Cycling provides many benefits for anyone looking to exercise in a new way. Whether it is to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, or simply to release some pent-up energy, cycling has been proven to be a productive form of exercise.
Exercising on a bicycle has been shown to cause less stress on the lower parts of the body than running or jogging, including areas that are prone to injury such as the knees and feet. Many individuals dread going to the gym because it feels competitive and seems much like a task on a to-do list. These same people often tend to view cycling as fun however, because it allows them to be outside in nature, taking in the fresh air. The scenery is easy to change, from going to a neighborhood in their town to cycling in a park. Finally, cycling has been proven to be beneficial for the planet, as it is a form of transportation that doesn’t involve pollution since no gasoline is involved.
A leader in the specialty events industry, Jason Altzman is the managing principal of Aero Marketing Group. In his free time, Jason Altzman enjoys reading the works of Ben Mezrich.
Ben Mezrich is the author of New York Times best-selling books Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal. The former sold over two million copies in 15 languages, and the latter was adapted to the screen for the hit movie The Social Network.
A graduate of Harvard, Ben Mezrich has been writing for 19 years and has authored a total of 18 books. Known for his nonfiction works, he often focuses on geniuses who have become extraordinarily wealthy, sometimes at the expense of their sense of ethics or morality. As a result of Mezrich’s addictive writing style, he recently made Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors, ranking number 17 on the list.
A veteran in racing sponsorship and strategic marketing, Jason Altzman serves as principal of Aero Marketing, a company that provides customized automotive-related consumer and event solutions. Prior to launching Aero Marketing, Jason Altzman competed in International Motorsport as a member of Team Corvette.
Team Corvette began its 2016 race season in January at the Rolex 24 in Daytona, Florida, and will conclude the season in October at the Petit Le Mans in Georgia. The Corvette racing series is referred to as an endurance series, starting with a lengthy 24-hour race in Daytona that includes a range of race durations. The shortest is the one-hour, 40-minute Grand Prix in Long Beach, California.
Team Corvette drivers race the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, a high-performing GT car. Historically, Corvette racing has been recognized as a leader in safety, and the 2016 C7.R has some safety-enhancing updates. The vehicle’s new roof hatch allows safety workers to insert a device into the cockpit to safely extract a driver from the vehicle while protecting his head, neck, and spine. Additionally, an improved racing seat provides extra security for the driver by using more pronounced side restraints.
Snowboarding Is Better Than Skiing
Jason Altzman serves as the managing principal of Aero Marketing Group in Phoenix, where he oversees operations, including client relations and sales. Outside of his professional life, Jason Altzman is an avid snowboarder.
Skiing and snowboarding are both very popular winter leisure activities, but there are at least three reasons why snowboarding is preferable.
One of snowboarding’s advantages over skiing is the relative lack of a barrier to entry. Getting outfitted with the right gear to ski will run at least $600, whereas a beginning snowboarder can be ready to hit the slopes on as little as $400.
Speaking of gear, snowboarding boots are easier to negotiate than ski boots. While neither boot is especially comfortable, walking in snowboarding boots is much easier.
Snowboarding also puts less strain on the knees than skiing. Having two separate platforms on the slopes can lead to twisting falls, which can result in knee injuries. Twisting falls are much less common for snowboarders because both legs are connected to the same surface.
Author Ben Mezrich
A seasoned B2B communications and marketing professional, Jason Altzman has served as managing principal of the Aero Marketing Group since 2004. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, this organization promotes a range of specialty events and promotional initiatives in the automotive and motorsports arenas. When he isn’t working, Jason Altzman is an avid reader who particularly enjoys the works of bestselling author Ben Mezrich.
Over the course of his career, Ben Mezrich has written 15 books, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House, the true story of six MIT students who won millions of dollars gambling on blackjack in Las Vegas. This book spent 63 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and sold more than 2 million copies in 15 different languages.
Ben Mezrich is also the author of The Accidental Billionaires, a 2009 national bestseller that Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin subsequently adapted into the critically acclaimed film The Social Network. Mr. Mezrich’s latest work is Once Upon a Time in Russia, a true story of “obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal” that centers on a group of billionaire Russian oligarchs.