May 20, 2016 · Dating, Good Deeds · 1 comment


SKOUT is the smart social connections app that runs on most modern Internet-connected devices to help people find events and acquaint them with strangers with like interests, that soon become friends. Superheros are what you make of them, they say, and SKOUT has branched out in a big way to make potentially anyone a superhero. On National Superhero Day, which this year was on April 28th, all the profits SKOUT made went to the Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area chapter.

The goal was to completely pay for the fulfillment of at least one terminally ill, or otherwise medically challenged, child’s dearest wish. All that was required is that people download the SKOUT app to their smartphone, or many other kinds of internet accessible devices, and send SKOUT superhero virtual gifts to whomever they wished. Each gift sent from inside the app added more money to the total SKOUT donation to help a kid in real crisis have a happier, more joyful existence during a very hard time in his or her life.

SKOUT’s founder and CEO, Christian Wiklund, came to the idea after he got the results of a detailed survey completed by many SKOUT member users. It turns out, 80% of those surveyed said they really wished they could be a real in-the-flesh superhero, if someone could wave a magic wand and say, “let it be so.” So, Wiklund made it so. He found a fun and socially engaging way to help out a little dude with cancer or other life-threatening illness, and make everybody who stepped up feel like an authentic superhero. Needless to say, Wiklund was ecstatic about the whole thing. He knew that people like to send little gifts to each other. And, he knew how great all those SKOUT members would feel about contributing in that way.

The mobile smart device app is called SKOUT, and so is the company, still run expertly by Christian Wiklund. He has made the app available on numerous devices with several different platforms supported. With SKOUT there is no worry about meeting strangers. You can do it virtually for the very first meeting of someone new. Plus, SKOUT coordinates finding interesting events and then introducing you to other people who are also interested. Birds of a feather flock together. It is available in most countries of the world and in 16 languages as well.

The Greater Bay Area’s chapter of the Make-A-Wish® foundation has been working hard to grant ill children’s wishes for over 32 years now. Their mission is to help terminally ill kids forget about their sad situations, if only for a little bit. This chapter of the organization received a lump-sum donation from SKOUT that will help a kid in real need at least achieve one wish.

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Squaw Valley is a very large ski resort in the lake Tahoe area.  This resort is located very close to another large ski resort, Alpine Meadows.  Now, there are plans to unite the two resorts.  This will create an exceptionally large ski mountain.  In fact, it could very well become the largest ski resort in North America.

This mega resort will consist of two mountains, connected to one another with a gondola.  The gondola will be able to transport skiers and snowboarders from one mountain to another very easily.  The mountains will be connected at each of their bases, and it will be a very efficient system of transport between the two resorts.

The plans to connect the resort were made public quite recently.  In fact, the plans were first made public last year.  During this time, there has been a lot of work done to make this happen.  Andy Wirth is one of the individuals that is responsible for helping to make this happen according to Power Magazine.

Andy Wirth has pushed for the two resorts to be merged together, and it seems that his plans are going to come to fruition.    While it appears the two resorts will be connected, there have been some concerns voiced.  The snowfall amounts have been lower in some recent years.  However, this will not prevent the gondola from connecting the two mountains.

The gondola will be able to run, despite this. Andy Wirth has been a successful CEO of Squaw Valley for quite some time.  During this time, he has helped the mountain to grow and succeed.  There have been many new projects that have taken place during his leadership of the mountain.

Also, during the time he has been the CEO of Squaw Valley, a merger took place between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.  This merger has certainly been quite beneficial for both resorts, and it has improved both businesses.  It is expected to be even more beneficial for both mountains, when the two resorts are connected.  Learn more about Andy Wirth:

The extremely large ski resort that will be created can be expected to be very successful.  It will likely attract a large number of skiers, due to it’s exceptional size and ideal environment for skiers.  Additionally, Andy Wirth has been the victim of a skydiving accident.

This accident has caused him substantial injury.  However, he has continued to do excellent work as the CEO of Squaw Valley.  In addition, Andy Wirth has continued to be active in outdoor sports himself. Read more: Update on CEO Andy Wirth and his letter

He has even worked to train Navy Seals at Squaw Valley.  He hasn’t let his injuries get in the way.  It can be expected that this merger will benefit both mountains.

Andy Wirth will continue to play an integral role in helping the ski resorts to succeed.  It can be expected that his efforts will continue to be successful.