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Fly High Trampoline Park

In the last few months, I have been working as the Social Media Marketer/Content Producer at Fly High Trampoline Park in Fort Collins, CO. If you have never been to a trampoline park, I'd recommend finding one in your area because they're really fun with dozens of activities all on trampolines. Here is a video I created for Fly High to show everything it offers that we posted on our Facebook page with 2 sneak-peek promos days before.

COME JUMP WITH US at Fly High Trampoline Park with all its amazing activities!!! Weekday discount deals and endless fun for all ages! Here's a video that showcases some of its best features! Music by Nova #trampoline #flyhighfun #comejumpwithus #dodgeball #basketball #familyfun #discounts

Posted by Fly High Trampoline Park Fort Collins, CO on Friday, March 11, 2016

I manage Fly High's social media profiles from Facebook, to Instagram, to Twitter. This involves researching trends, regularly posting, promoting deals, boosting posts, taking photos, and creating videos. The very first video I created for Fly High was an animated logo for their video content. I created it on After Effects and tried to incorporate the trampoline aspect of the park. 

The first major video I created for Fly High was about the Colorado State University Snowriders Club who had a private party. These guys were incredible and I can only image how great they were on a snowboard or skis!

The CSU Snowriders Club came to Fly High Trampoline Park and showed off their skills! Check out their flips and tricks in this week's video!!! #trampoline #csusnowriders #csurams #college #snowboard #bounceboard #djiphantom #flips #tricks #spins #flyhighfun #comejumpwithus

Posted by Fly High Trampoline Park Fort Collins, CO on Friday, February 26, 2016

This park is incredibly fun and the staff is wonderful. I have made great friends from working here and have found a new group to train parkour with that all attend CSU as well. I hope to post more that involves Fly High and film some creative videos that are different from any other trampoline park.

Pros & Cons: Winter X Games Aspen

After attending the Winter X Games for the second year, I decided to create a PROS & CONS list for those who haven't been or plan to go next year. No doubt, it's an incredible event that definitely is an experience, but here's a good way to understand the event and plan ahead.

PRO: The College X Pass

The College X Pass allows college students under the age of 25 who attend an accredited 4 year university to ski on all Aspen mountains during the X Games for 2 days for about $80. This is a hell of a deal because a 1 day regular ski ticket on Aspen's most popular mountain, Snowmass, is about $130. 

The craziest thing is very few people know about this pass. The slopes are basically empty because locals don't like the crowds and people attending usually think it'd be too expensive. Check out these pictures of the slopes on the event's most popular day; Saturday.

I didn't stand in line even once on both days.

I didn't stand in line even once on both days.

Not only do you get to ski the mountains, but you can stop off the side and watch the events up-close-and-personal. If you watch from the bottom of the mountain where the spectators stand, you can't see all the action up close. This photo was taken just off the side of the slope while Big Air was competing.

CON: Times and Closures

The various competitions throughout the event force the mountain to close a few routes. Most of the Black Diamond routes are blocked off because they altered them for the competitors to compete.

A big change from last year is that the ski lifts close early during the X Games. Instead of 4 or 5, they close at around 3. Make sure to show up early if you plan to ski because I wish I had slept less and skied more.

PRO: Village and Music

For those who aren't skiing like most, there are a lot of fun activities to do in between events down in the village. Booths playing music, games, and giving away free stuff are throughout the event at the base. 

Every year the Winter X Games throw an awesome lineup of musicians every night. This year was Twenty One Pilots, Deadmau5, DJ Snake, Kygo, Nas, and Run the Jewels. You get to experience the concert in the snow and tickets are cheaper than most major concerts in Denver.

@kygomusic bringing the beats to close out #XGames Aspen!

A photo posted by X Games (@xgames) on

CON: The Weather

Remember, it's called the WINTER X Games, so you might encounter some serious winter weather. Whether it's hot or cold, the weather will effect your experience. If it's hot, get ready to run a Mud Run to your car. The parking is free which is great, but its in a dirt lot that gets covered in snow usually overnight. That snow melts by the end of the day if it's sunny, so have fun trudging through that.

Early afternoon

Early afternoon

By 3 PM

By 3 PM

Make a better decision on what shoes you want to be caked with mud. (Try not to wear white)

Make a better decision on what shoes you want to be caked with mud. (Try not to wear white)

From one extreme to the other, this year we had quite a lot of snow. If you're standing out in a below 20 degree blizzard to see your favorite DJ, props to you because I got out of there the moment the snow started going sideways. Here's a photo from the X Games Instagram during the Deadmau5 concert:

@deadmau5 is droppin’ 💣s in Aspen! #XGames

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PRO: The Experience

The Winter X Games is an awesome event that always has something going on. Whether its the Big Air, Slopestyle, Superpipe, or Snowmobile events, there's something for everybody. You can ski the mountain while watching the events as you ride up and play the games from the booths once you make your way back down. The energy there is infectious not only from the amazing concerts, but the people around you are there to have a good time just like yourself.

CON: The Crowds

When you first arrive at this event, you'll typically park in the Intercept Lot and take a shuttle to the actual mountain. Like any major event, you will be frisked for any weapons, alcohol, or drugs that are prohibited during the event. These shuttles get packed, so try to get all your things together before and be ready to get checked.

This is a major event, so you're going to be around a lot of people, especially when a popular competition is going on. There is a spectators area at the bottom of the mountain where the athletes cross the finish line or throw their final trick. It also has a huge big screen TV that live streams the athletes competing down the mountain. Here's from the ski lift:

This was during the Men's Slopestyle final.

This was during the Men's Slopestyle final.

Yes there is a lot of people, but the crowds are expected for such a large televised event. However, during the Superpipe events, you are able to stand right along the edge of ramp to literally see the athletes compete only a few feet away. It is amazing to watch, but try to get a good spot early before the event in order to get the best experience. 

Check out this updated guide that is even more detailed and comprehensive - it is a multi-page guide on skiing that is packed with practical tips and advice. You can find it here: https://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/ski-training.html

Winter X Games 2016 Day 1

Winter is upon us and the 2016 Winter XGames in Aspen, CO has begun! Snowboarding, skiing, snowmobile, and music. It is an incredible free event to the public that takes place on Aspen's Buttermilk Mountain. I have worked the X Games in previous years and this year I am once again hitting the slopes and taking pictures. What many people don't know is that during this event, they offer a College X Pass for accredited 4-year college students under the age of 24 get to ride all Aspen mountains for 2 days for about $80 during the X Games. Let me tell you from experience... It is a hell of a deal. You're basically paying for a 1 day kids lift ticket but instead add about 10 years and another day. The craziest thing, is that since most don't know about the deal, and the locals typically stay away from the crazy college kids flooding the mountain, the actual slope are basically empty. I have yet to wait in line for a lift in both years I've snowboarded during this event. 

Today had some great events going on and lots of practice for more tomorrow. The pro skiers and snowboarders practicing their Big Air lines were impressive to watch from the sideline.

"I can see my house from here!"

"I can see my house from here!"

These guys were crazy throwing doubles and triples of everything. Tomorrow is going to be amazing watching them compete for that sweet gold medal. The forecast predicts snow all day for the rest of the event, which may hinder the coverage. But if Colorado weather prediction is anything like it usually is, it might be bright and sunny or a blizzard. We won't really know until we step outside because we can never really trust a forecast here.

Check out this updated guide that is even more detailed and comprehensive - it is a multi-page guide on skiing that is packed with practical tips and advice. You can find it here: https://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/ski-training.html