Andy Wirth, Provides an Ecellent Ski Season At Squaw Valley Ski Resort

When the first sign of fresh powder shows on the slopes, avid skiers start searching for the best ski resorts to enjoy all the fun. Squaw Valley understands the passion of downhill and cross-country skiers and their way of thinking, and they want to provide the perfect atmosphere for the ski season.

From September to May, the resort is on snow fall alert with California Ski Resorts. Squaw Valley mountain slopes are well-cared for, and a $70,000 renovation of ski lifts and chairs and guest rooms by CEO Andy Wirth keeps the resort in excellent condition.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort

Squaw Valley was originally built for the Winter Olympics in 1964. Today, along with Alpine Meadows Resort, Squaw Valley is a top winter tourist destination and has been for over 60 years as Mr. Wirth continues to improve the facilities.

Andy Wirth CEO

Andy Wirth has been in the mountain resort and hotel industry ever since he moved from West Germany where he grew up and attended Colorado University. He graduated with a BS in Hotel Management and later attended Edinburgh University in Scotland for further education. Andy has always been drawn to the outdoors: he was a ranger in the Rocky Mountain National Parks and a wilderness ranger in the San Pedro Parks before he began his career.

As a young man, Andy was into extreme sports and working in the outdoors. He was involved in a skydiving trip during that time, and his right arm had to be reattached with an extensive recovery period. When he had recovered, he hired at Steamboat Ski Resort where held management positions for 20 years. His loyalty paid off because in 2006 the company was bought by Intrawest, and Mr. Wirth was made Chief Marketing Officer where he remained until 2010.

In 2010, Mr. Wirth was officially named CEO of Squaw Valley, which was an excellent choice for Squaw Valley. Andy Wirth remains dedicated to his career and is ever striving to make improvements and to manage Squaw Valley so other resorts are attempting to equal it. He is a valuable asset because he has the experience and the knowledge of a professional.

Mr. Wirth not only excels in the management of the resort, but he is also a philanthropist in the Lake Tahoe and California areas. He sees a great importance in preserving the environment for his children’ children to have a beautiful place to live and play.

Different NBA Eras

It seems like people simply can’t resist the urge to compare players from different eras to one another. This is especially true of professional basketball and, because a basketball player can impact the game so heavily. For instance, Tom Brady might be the best NFL QB of all times, but he’s going to end his career with zero interceptions. However, most NBA greats will record a tick in every statistical category every time they play a game. It would seem like determining the best player ever would be easy, but the challenge still persists.

Comparing Yester-Year

Stephen Curry has recently turned in one of the greatest performances in NBA history, netting him the 2015 MVP Award. However, I refuse to accept Steph as a better shooter than Reggie Miller. Miller could catch the ball running full speed with his back to the rim. He would then begin to elevate while still facing away from the rim and execute a 180 degree corkscrew while leaning away from the rim. From this position, Miller shot his team into the playoffs year after year. However, the real reason it’s unfair to compare Steph to Reggie is the hand checking rule. Anyone who has ever played a game of street ball knows how difficult it is to get past a hand check. The league outlawed the use of the hand check in 2005, instructing the officials to call fouls on anyone who gets caught committing the offense. Reggie Miller used to run around the court for the entire game in order to avoid being hand checked. If he was free to face the rim the way Steph is, he might have scored 50 points a game. Unfortunately, casual fans are drawn in by ridiculously high scoring games – and the league is all too happy to oblige them.

The Evolution of the NBA

Recent changes in the NBA would have made it difficult for some past legends to have made a mark. Karl Malone is one of the league’s greatest big men, but his aggressive style of defense would keep him on foul trouble today. There are NBA owners who have taken advantage of the new rules. Bruce Levenson, founder of UCG, managed to build the league’s best record in the 201-2015 season without any superstars. His team was full of shooters who operate well in open space. We might see a return to the days when tough defense and talented big men dominated the game. However, the smaller guys have the run of the league now.

Michael Jackson Reincarnated

Many Michael Jackson fans imitate his moves and sing his songs, but it takes a very talented individual to master the whole package. Sergio Cortes has the skills to impersonate the “King of Pop” with such perfection. The dance moves, the high notes and the style is all there.

Sergio has gained a huge degree of recognition within his home country of Brazil. The fans take pleasure in his genuineness. It is obvious for many that Sergio Cortes adores Jackson with all of his heart. Impersonating somebody wonderfully brings everyone to remember the splendor of that loved individual. Sergio is, essentially, carrying on the world wide performers legacy. He’s delivering the real fulfillment of a Michael Jackson show to those admirers who were not able actually see him live, as well as to those that wished to see him again.

There is a variety of people who attempt to impersonate Michael Jackson, but nobody manages to do it greater than Sergio Cortes. The 44 year-old native of The country Spain has did wonders at refining Michael’s techniques from the time he first saw him on tv performing together with the Jackson 5. What really helps to make Cortes’ impersonation so distinctive is not just his capability to duplicate Jackson’s dancing style, but in addition how strongly he looks like Michael Jackson.

Cortes is hired for parties and shows all over the world and is in great demand. He is always finding ways to improve his impersonation of Michael Jackson. Making his mark as the best Michael Jackson anyone can see these days is what matters to Sergio. He along with millions were devastated when news of Michael Jackson’s death was announced. Now more then ever Sergio feels that it is important to give all those fans a show that they will never forget.

Cortes has performed on various tv shows like American Idol and is becoming known as an amazing Michael Jackson impersonator. Cortes looks so much like Michael Jackson that its hard to figure out who’s the real Michael when both pictures are compared. Furthermore his ability to perform like the missed pop star places him ahead of every other Michael Jackson imitator. Even doubters are surprised once they see Sergio in action impersonating Michael Jackson. Capturing all the things that made Michael Jackson so spectacular is difficult to do but Cortes makes it look so easy.

Awesome Skiing Ahead

Another great ski season is almost upon us. Wax your skis, pick out a new ski outfit and purchase your season passes; winter is almost here. Despite the drought in California, experts are predicting another awesome season of skiing.

Last year Squaw Valley and Alpine meadows had a successful season despite the weather pattern named the “ridiculously resilient ridge.” The “ridiculously resilient ridge” means that high atmospheric pressure over the Pacific Ocean tended to block weather patterns from moving over California. Despite the lack of precipitation and warmer weather, according the CEO Of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, Andy Wirth the resorts were skiable. Wirth explained in a recent interview on KCRW “Press Play with Madeline Band” that it is important to be ready for whatever weather comes and to make the best of that situation, like using the best science to make and manage snow.

El Niño will be the weather pattern to work with this ski season. Scientists are unsure if El Niño will bring more precipitation to California. However with new science used at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadow, the 2016 ski season will still be good. El Niño has the potential for making this winter colder which will allow for snow to be more easily maintained.

Other exciting ventures are coming for these two resorts. Wirth announced, on April 13, 2015, a plan to build a base to base gondola between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley. Individuals will be able to easily ski both resorts. For decades skiers have discussed the possibility of connecting these world-class resorts. The gondola will reduce vehicle traffic between the two resorts.

Our rapidly changing environment is becoming more obvious every passing day. We must do our part to safeguard our environment to protect our future. Wirth is at the helm to protect his mountains, reducing the resorts carbon footprints. He is doing what he can to protect the natural resources. By protecting our environment we are ensuring our ski seasons of the future.

Andy Wirth is a graduate of Colorado State University and also attended Edinburg University in Scotland. He is the President of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Board of Directors. For twenty-five years, Wirth has worked in the resort and hotel industry. He has received a number of community service and professional awards. He currently lives and is active in the community of Truckee, California.

Ski Season In North America & Industry Trends


For skiers, it is important to get a better understanding of the Ski season as snow conditions on a particular resort can make or break their vacation. For instance, in the United States, Ski season always commences in November near Thanksgiving Holidays until the mid of April, next year. In extreme conditions, there is also a short break in the high season to ward-off any danger from winter storms. Still, it is not unusual for certain Ski resorts to stay open longer. For instance, popular resorts in California and Colorado may remain open until the 4th of July holiday, depending on the snow.

Ski Season

As such, there is no specific time of opening and closing for most Ski resorts. If the snow arrives early, Ski season will begin before the expected opening dates. To attract skiers, it is also the best time to avail huge discounts for families as Ski resorts want to add as much revenue as possible before the usual opening dates. Likewise, the end of Ski season also depends on Mother Nature. Some Ski resorts are known to prolong ski season to gain revenue lost to closures of Ski during extreme conditions.

Categories of Ski Season

In North America and Europe, a typical Ski season can be divided into three prominent categories. The earliest period is the off-peak season where limited lifts are open to public and snow conditions on lower slope of mountain are still patchy. The shoulder-season is the period where the entire mountain is usually covered by snow, but Ski resorts may not open all areas due to lower crowd numbers. Typically, shoulder season is also the opportunity for beginners and ski learners to avail large discounts offered by Ski resorts. In contrast, peak season usually coincides with public holidays and perfect snow conditions. Usually, New Year and spring break attracts the largest number of skiers to a Ski resort.

Recent Trends in North American Ski Industry

In recent years, North American Ski Industry has transformed itself to focus on customer satisfaction. One name that springs to mind is Andy Wirth.  He is the acting CEO and President of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in California. After taking charge of the company, Wirth took personal interest in changing infrastructure, design and customer experience. Within three years of his takeover, these famed Ski resorts jumped from bottom 20 percent to top 20 percent in terms of quality and customer service.

Darius Fisher Keynote Speaker at Impact15

Impact15 is an annual online marketing conference created to bring together the best and brightest minds in the industry. Meeting this year in Las Vegas, Sept 23-25, the conference presents an opportunity for business leaders to share practices and techniques for helping companies increase their market share or grow their business. The conference increases networking and the sharing of ideas to keep the online marketing industry up to date and effective.

In a presentation titled “Why the First Page of Google Search is the New First Impression,” Darius Fisher will be discussing his strategies to online reputation management. Fisher is the president of Status Labs, a company known for it’s ability to handle the internet profiles of individuals, businesses, and brands alike. Fisher has also developed his own reputation for handling crises of negative content, such as a harshly public divorce. Fisher explains that an online image is not a set block of information. Instead, online information like Google search results can be changed, as long as people are willing to take the steps to change them.

Fisher will present case studies for how to best utilize online reputation management services to prevent negative situations from arising. He will also discuss how to handle crises while they are happening, and how to clean up after.

“I’m excited to speak on the topic of online reputation management to a prestigious group of industry peers,” said Fisher. “This is a unique opportunity to collaborate and develop strategies that will push brands to the next level.”

Fisher explains his knowledge is relevant because what shows up about your name or company online affects the company or brand’s bottom line. How people see you, or the information they receive on your business, can turn potential customers away, or bring in new clients that would have otherwise passed you by. “While you can’t completely control your digital footprint, you can positively impact your online presence.”

Fisher will be a welcome addition to this year’s conference. Impact15 will strive to help an ever-changing field continue to provide the best possible services to businesses looking to manage their marketing presence online.

Handy revolutionizes home cleaning and handyman services

With our busy lives and our families, home cleaning and home maintenance can sometimes be a challenge to keep up with. Are you getting ready to move or do you have a leaky faucet? Perhaps you have a light switch that doesn’t work and a mountain of laundry that needs to be taken care of. Did you wake up to find a clogged pipe is keeping you from getting ready for work? Whether you need cleaning, interior painting, electrical work, plumbing, or even someone to put furniture together, Handy can set you up with a verified professional for an affordable price with the click of a button on your cell phone, laptop, tablet, or even your desktop computer.

Schedule a profession from home, at work, or on the go. Handy revolutionizes home cleaning and handyman services by offering the customer convenience and ease! Schedule home cleaning and handyman services with the click of a button on your computer or on the mobile app on your phone. Handy mandates local and national background checks on all contractors as well as verifying their experience. They also take care of all payments for you so you never have to leave money laying around or worry about the price.

With Handy’s 24/7 friendly customer service, 100% money back guarantee and their affordable prices, you cannot go wrong. With the app available on the App Store and on Google Play, requesting services has never been easier. Simply enter your zip code, select the service desired and what time you wish for the service to start and Handy will give you a quote that includes price, tax, and tip. If you are happy with that price, Handy will bill your credit card and take care of the rest. It is truly that simple.

If you are a freelance contractor interested in working for Handy, there are conveniences for you as well. First, all freelance contractors must pass a background check and an in person interview along with having verifiable references. Once employed, Handy offers you flexibility with dependable pay! That can be very challenging to find. You will know how much money you will make before accepting a job and you will have reportable income. Unlike many home service companies, Handy allows you to have reportable income in order to establish credit.

Handy is currently available in many US locations including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco as well as locations in Canada and in London. Handy has been in operation for over 2 years and continues to grow quickly. For locations near you, please check out their website at or look for their app on your mobile device.

Dr. Jennifer Walden Texas Renown Cosmetic Surgeon Offers Synergistic Approach

As founder of the Walden Cosmetic Surgery Center, in Austin, Texas, Dr. Jennifer Walden addresses each client’s cosmetic concerns. And while she is passionate about her surgery, Dr. Walden typically avoids quick fixes, preferring to take a conservative approach. “I look at lifestyle, and habits, in addition to a host of other considerations,” she explains. “I prefer to get to know my clients and their goals, so I can provide them with the best treatment recommendation.”

Dr. Walden’s detail-oriented methodology is a direct reflection of her meticulous approach to patient care and beauty. Board certified in plastic surgery, she believes in achieving subtle, refined outcomes through her art of aesthetic enhancement. Pointing out synergistic rejuvenation, her practice offers an array of treatments, from facial, breast, and body-contouring procedures to nonsurgical and adjunct services, like Botox and facial fillers.

One of Austin Texas Super Doctors

The Texas native earned her baccalaureate and medical degree from the University of Texas, and then went on to secure a prestigious fellowship at New York City’s Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. After a stellar career in NYC, the 10-year veteran returned back home to her Texas roots, and opened the Walden Cosmetic Surgery Center in Austin.

With years of training, and serving on several advisory boards, and well as having the distinction of being named a Texan “Super Doctor”, the published author is often called upon as a media spokesman to share her knowledge on cosmetic surgery techniques. Her experience and arsenal of options have also earned her a large following. In fact, Dr. Walden’s popularity and loyal client following led her to open an additional state-of-the-art office at the Bella Medical Spa in Marbie Falls, complimented by a devoted attentive team. Reflected in her office’s classic décor, Dr. Walden’ appreciation for aesthetics is quite evident by the inviting and soothing feel. Such tranquility is further reflected in her goal to maximize beauty, confidence and self-esteem.

A Synergistic Strategy

Dr. Jennifer Walden’s approach is predicated upon using tandem techniques to synergistically address her patient’s concerns. “I see this as a partnership and both doctor and patient work toward a common goal,” says Dr. Walden. “I want my patients to feel comfortable and confident.”

The Background And Future Of Plymouth Rock Assurance

Plymouth Rock Assurance is a well known and successful insurance company. This company was started by James Stone, the CEO of the company. One type of insurance they offer is car insurance. Now, their car insurance policies are available online! This has been the trend of other insurance companies, and Plymouth Rock Assurance is now following this trend. Online availability of insurance certainly makes it a lot easier for customers to sign up. One can expect that this will bring a lot of business to them in the future.

James Stone graduated college in 1969. He did very well in college. He did some work in college that was given awards. He has received the Young Prize in economics and the Goldsmith Prize. He also has worked in academia. In fact, he actually taught at his college, Harvard. He is an expert in economics and is very qualified for his current position.

The past of this company begins in it’s founding by James Stone. James Stone started Plymouth Rock Assurance in 1982. This company is still going strong to this day. He still is the executive of Plymouth Rock Assurance. The fact that the company is still doing so well today really speaks to James Stone’s good management practices.

Buying insurance online has become more common in recent years. There are even some companies that exclusively or mainly offer insurance online. It has actually become even more common for people to buy insurance online in the past few years. In 2011, 32 percent of people could possibly buy insurance on the internet. Now, 37 percent of people could potentially buy insurance on the internet. There is also a segment of about 20 percent of auto insurance consumers that purchase their policies on the internet. This would certainly make it quite advantageous for any insurance company to offer their insurance policies for online purchase.

Many customers are uninterested in purchasing insurance online. However, many or most of these people enjoy reading about the policies online. This makes it advantageous for insurance companies to have lots of information posted on their sites about their policies, which Plymouth Rock Assurance does. Whenever someone starts but does not finish their online insurance purchase, Plymouth Rock Assurance gives the potential client the option to contact a traditional insurance agent. Many of these clients likely follow through, and purchase the insurance through more traditional means.

However, insurance agents are often unhappy about this change. For them, it could mean a loss of jobs. Plymouth Rock intends to keep it’s agents. However, the agents are not always doing business the same way that they have done for years. They are participating in the online sales of insurance, in an effort to adapt to the change. Even if insurance agents do not lose their jobs, it still could mean loss of profit for insurance agents.

Need Help Around The House? There’s An App For That

I love a clean house as much as the next person does. After all, it’s wonderful to come home to folded laundry, vacuumed floors, and overall cleanliness after a hard days work. I just love the feeling of having my home and my life put together. It’s an added bonus if all my appliances and plumbing are in working condition. Unfortunately, it’s not always practical for these things to get done. I work full time and have a family to take care of. Luckily, there was someone smart enough out there to come up with a solution. With the touch of a few buttons on my iPhone, I can order a home cleaner, a plumber, or a handyman through Handy on recode, home cleaning services.

There is a variety of reasons why this is such a genius plan. For one, it helps me get things done when I am too busy. I no longer have to make sacrifices in order to clean and fix things around my house. I can call up experts. I also feel better having people work on my plumbing who know exactly what they are doing. I don’t have the experience and if I tried to fix things, it’d just end up breaking them further. Handy is also great for the elderly or those with injuries who aren’t mobile. They can’t accomplish everything that they want to because they are physically unable. The majority of them can still work a phone. Therefore, they can get quick help with all of their cleaning, plumbing, and handyman needs.

This app is perfect because it allows users to have a one time person come out if they’re in a pinch and need help. It’s also perfect for those who need to frequently use the service.

One of the best features of Handy is the fact that it’s trustworthy. All of those who hope to work for Handy are thoroughly screened. Therefore, when a person calls handy they know they are getting the very best. They are getting someone who’s passionate about helping them out and who also has the experience necessary to do so. Handy has been called the housework version of Uber. That’s because freelancers can sign up to find work on this site. They can pick and choose when they’d like to work. Overall, it’s just a great collaboration.

Handy is a great idea especially in this day and age. People are so busy nowadays and this is just a nifty little app to help them out. The two founders, Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua, have come up with an app that’s not only practical but also much needed. It’s great that an app exists that can help out those who truly need it.