Bridging the mountains, Andy Wirth’s plan to connect two of North Tahoe’s most iconic ski resorts.

Two of North Tahoe’s iconic ski resorts, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley, have a long history with one another. Both resorts are so close together that they are visible from the other’s mountain. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2014/09/andy-wirth-squaw-valley.aspx

Despite the close distance, these two ski resorts have been divided by different cultures and slopes. That is soon going to change. Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Alpine is planning open a gondola to connect both resorts together. Although, this news comes alongside a controversial push to expand Squaw Valley’s village.

Andy Wirth says in an op-ed published through Powder Magazine that “connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows is something skiers and snowboarders both who live here and who visit have dreamed of for decades” and promises that his group plans on “seeking with this announcement lots of community input and involvement.” He says the gondola project “originated with the founder of Squaw Valley, Wayne Poulsen’s vision decades ago” and its a goal he plans on fulfilling.

When asked about the resistance he has met from local skiers, afraid of the effect on he Granite Chief Wilderness Area and Five Lakes. Wirth, a wilderness ranger in his youth, points out the fact that his grandfather helped write the Wilderness Act of 1963, so he is well versed in the effect his construction would have and how to minimize it. Learn more about Andy Wirth: www.kcrw.com/people/andy-wirth

Andy Wirth also contributes a lot to various environmental and community service organizations in the local area. His grandfather and ranger background aside, Wirth is an interesting character on his own.

In 2013, he was injured in a skydiving accident. This near fatal disaster changes his perspective on life and led to the founding of the ‘Wounded Warrior’ Ironman Team. The team raises money for the Navy Seal Foundation. Wirth is a man that knows how to follow his dreams.

Following his near-fatal accident, he had to work hard to make a full recovery. This drive for success is what pushes Wirth forward in pursuing the goals of Wayne Poulsen, and many skiers and snowboarders around the world in creating a link between these two prestigious ski resorts.

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Flipora Is Roaring Forward in the Social Medial World

We are living in a world where social media permeates every single thing we do during the day. It is sort of funny to think about but a decade ago this sort of social media pervasion would have been deemed unheard of. Now movies have marketing campaigns geared specifically toward Twitter and Facebook. Companies have to have social media platforms in order to stay connected with their fans and if you don’t have a Facebook people start to look at you funny. All this is to say that we are living in the entrepreneurial age of social innovation. While Facebook and Instagram may rule the marketplace there is room for other companies to grow out of the shadows. One of those social media platforms is Flipora.

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Originally launched as InfoAxe, the company decided to change their name to Flipora in order to help with their online branding. Before we delve too deeply into the website, however, let’s talk about how the social media platform works and what makes it so different from other competitors. At this point in time we are probably all tired of trying to get hooked into the ‘next Facebook’. Users don’t really want another ‘fill out your profile and add your friends’ media experience. Instead they want something new, interactive, and inventive. That is where Flipora steps in.

Users who are familiar with StumbleUpon may understand what Flipora is trying to do. Flipora, like StumbleUpon, focuses on putting interesting content in front of the eyes of its users. The platform exists within your browser of choice as an extension and it integrates with your browsing experience. As you visit websites you can ‘flip’ the corner of the page to try something new. Otherwise you can go ahead with your regular browsing habits. With the extension installed your browsing habits will be downloaded and added to a massive virtual library of data. The webpages you like will correspond with someone else likes and then Flipora will start suggesting webpages from one person to the other, creating an interactive experience designed at showing more content.

Though StumbleUpon has been around for at least a decade, Flipora has been growing en masse. The company is adding almost 150,000 users every single week and they are indexing up to 20 million pages of data per day. That amount of data is 6 times the size of Wikipedia. With so much data indexed and so many users integrating the platform, the odds are good that Flipora will soon revolutionize the way that we browse and find new content. As a new world aggregator, we think that Flipora is likely to set the tone on social content sharing.