Andy Wirth, President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holding LLC., say that this has been a tough four years for Tahoe’s north shore communities. They have seen a harsh drought that affected tourism and the economy severely and they had to fight an impending incorporation. Wirth felt that the incorporation would hurt the area because it would have resulted in higher taxes on the residents, and less available services like road maintenance and snow plowing. The proponents of the incorporation thought that Wirth opposed it because he wanted to further his development interests in addition to a gondola that would connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resort areas.Andy Wirth hopes that the community can work on land agreements together in the future so everyone has a say and benefits from the decisions made.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows CEO Andy Wirth was also appointed as the chairman of the Airport Authority Board in Olympic, CA in 2013. Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor’s Authority appointed him along with the nine other board members. Mr. Wirth has plenty of background knowledge to be able to fulfill his position of chairman of the board. He has worked hard over the years with many airlines to get regular flights to the ski resorts. Mr. Wirth has also appeared on an ABC Undercover Boss episode in season 4 of the show.
Andy Wirth also co-founded an Ironman team called Wounded Warrior Support. The team raises money for the Navy SEAL Foundation which helps SEAL members and their families once they return home. Mr. Wirth also contributes heavily to environmental and community projects in and around the Lake Tahoe Area. Earlier this year it was announced that he would indeed begin work on the gondola that would connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Andy Wirth attended college at Colorado State University and then attended Edinburgh University until 1984.