Category: Active Activists

Stay Cool and Visit Some California Ski Resorts!

While many are swimming during the warm weather, it never hurts to think about the adventures that can take place when the weather gets chilly. Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to visit when you want to ski and surround yourself with nature. Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States, it is over 1,600 feet deep, and encircled by the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With all of the adventures Lake Tahoe has to offer, it is no surprise that it was voted Best Resort for Ski in North America by USA Today especially since its two resorts, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

Ever since hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley has been a sacred resort for ski-lovers. Squaw Valley has been voted as North America’s best ski resort in 2016, mostly because of its vast mountains, and vibrant views of Lake Tahoe’s clear waters. A resort that beginners and experts will love, those that love to ski and snowboard will be in for an amazing experience. For the trail classification, 25% are deemed for beginners, 45% are deemed for the intermediate riders and 30% are deemed for the advanced. There are 3,600 acres of area to ski, and over 170 trails, and 16 bowls. The longest run is the Mountain Run at 3.2 miles. There are 4 terrain parks.

Favored by many Californians, Alpine Meadows is a resort with a welcoming and sociable vibe. Along with attracting ski-loving adventurers, this family-friendly space is located between Truckee and Tahoe City. There are progression parks and bowls to satisfy skiers and snowboarders of all levels. This resort has more than 100 trails spreading over 2,400 acres. For the trail classification, 25% are deemed for beginners, 40% are deemed for the intermediate riders and 35% are deemed for the advanced. There are 2,400 acres of area to ski, and over 100 trails, and 7 bowls. There are 1 terrain parks.

Currently, a gondola is in the works to connect Squaw Valley to Alpine Meadows. It would operate in three parts: (1) starting at the bottom of Squaw Valley, (2) up and over the ridge between the two mountains, and (3) down to the bottom of Alpine Meadows. This is an idea that excited many Lake Tahoe loves. Lake Tahoe is an amazing place for people of all walks of life to enjoy. Whether or not someone is a great skier, the beauty of California will entice all people.

Revolutionary Human Rights Activist Thor Halvorssen

Human rights activist Thor Halvorssen is known all over the world for his endeavors in fighting against the injustices inflicted upon people by oppressive regimes. He works with dissidents and defectors whose main goal is to speak up against authoritarian regimes. In 2012, Thor and his cameraman traveled to Ho Chi Minh City. Their intention was to interview the founder of the Buddhist Church of Vietnam who had been put under house arrest for 28 years after his church had been banned. They found a way into the monastery and made the interview.

 

As they got out they were accosted by Vietnamese authorities with Thor being detained. He was let free after convincing them that he was a Buddhist seeker. Some people claim that Thor is a right winger because of his criticism of the left-wing oppressive regimes in Latin America. This caused philanthropist Sigrid Rausing to withdraw his support for Mr. Halvorssen after realizing that the conservative Bradley Foundation had funded Thor’s Human Rights Foundation. Thor has however insisted that he is not affiliated to any political group and that his concern is just human rights. HFR has a staff of 12 people and their aim is to expose authoritarian regimes, work with dissidents and liberate political prisoners.

 

Thor Halvorssen is also a film producer. He established the Human Rights Foundation in 2005. He is half Venezuelan and half-Norwegian. His careers as an activist started in 1989 when he organized protests in London against the apartheid regime in South Africa. He is also the head of Oslo Freedom Forum. Between 1999 and 2004 Thor was the CEO and Executive Director of the foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Mr. Halvorssen’s opinions have been aired by leading media houses like CNN, Al-Jazeera, Fox News as well as newspapers like The Economist, New York Post and the Daily Telegraph. The films that he has produced focus on freedom and human rights.

 

Mr. Halvorssen speaks French, English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently and this has enabled him to network with many human rights activists all over the world. His father was imprisoned by the Venezuelan authorities in 1993 while his mother was shot during a political protest in Venezuela in 2004. Thor is a citizen of Venezuela but he has not visited the country in six years for fear of being arrested by the current regime.

More information for Thor Halvorssen:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_Halvorssen_%28human_rights_activist%29

Twitter: @thorhalvorssen