It hasn’t been easy for Lake Tahoe’s north shore communities in the past four years. The Squaw Valley Resort’s CEO, Andy Wirth has definitely been faced with some challenges in the past that have proven to take it’s toll on the community. The weather has not entirely cooperated, creating a drought for the famous Olympic Valley. It has made business slow and winter extremists few and far between. The picturesque views that are exhibited by the ski resorts located in the Olympic Valley are enough of a trip just to view, but in order to take part in the winter activities provided, there has to be some snow. Luckily they have experienced some relief recently as a snow storm has swept through the valley leaving a lot of snow and cold temperatures. This has allowed Squaw Valley Resort to open it’s doors early and allow the activities to begin.
Andy Wirth has been involved in the resort business for many, many years. He started his career in Steamboat, Colorado. After graduating from Colorado State University, he moved to Steamboat where he worked at the resort. He decided to take over the Squaw Valley Resort in Olympic Valley, California, and has worked very hard to make the resort one of the top ski destinations in the world. His most current project is underway, and it involves building a gondola connection the two resorts together. This will allow skier’s to be able to get from one resort to the other, quite easily.
Wirth has been a huge activist when it comes to the environment and community organizations. He has always worked hard to make the environment a place that everybody can enjoy, no matter what age. He focuses to improve certain aspects of the environment and hopes that it continues to stay that way. He was involved in a very serious sky diving accident where he almost lost his life. Since then, it has changed his life completely. He founded the Wounded Warrior Support to honor Navy SEALS. It is a foundation that helps support families after they return home from active duty.
Wirth has worked hard to opposed the efforts proposed by the political incorporation, as he felt it would be a disastrous move all together. Although there has been some diversity among groups, he hopes that in the future they can all work together for the common good of the communities.
Many people visit the Squaw Valley Resort to enjoy the beautiful views and take part in the winter activities. With the recent turn in weather and the political incorporation efforts being withdrawn, things are starting to look up for the north shore communities. Finally Wirth has been able to find some relief.
Source: the Reno-Gazette Journal