Andy Wirth is the chief executive officer of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He is the motivating force and power at this iconic ski resort that has seen enormous changes since his involvement with the resort, local businesses and employees and residents of this picturesque location. Read more: Andy Wirth – About.me
He has a strong commitment to the local environment and has a history of environmental support beginning with his father who was involved in writing some of the foundations for forest preservation in the country.
Andy Wirth is not only a skier but a triathlete as well, unfortunately he is also a skydiver who nearly lost his life in a horrendous landing in which his arm was severed from his torso.
Wirth is a fighter and after multiple surgeries his arm was reattached and he was rehabilitated to continue his frenetic life at Squaw Valley. After the accident he co-founded an Ironman team, named “Wounded Warrior Support”. Read more: Andy Wirth Elected Chairman of Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation
The team honors the work done by the Navy SEALS and raises money for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Andy Wirth was instrumental in combining Squaw Valley with the adjacent ski facility, Alpine Meadows, into a combined mega-ski resort connected by a new gondola that allows skiers from Squaw Valley to ski the trails at Alpine Meadows and vice-versa. Along the way Wirth spearheaded an opposition drive to incorporate the ski area that would have taken control away from Wirth and the ski area itself.
Andy Wirth recently was appointed to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board. His immersion into the tourist industry in this piece of paradise is complete and you can be certain that he will continue to tirelessly work toward the betterment of the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows areas. We only hope he limits his skydiving.
Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://andywirth.com/ and http://tahoetopia.com/news/interview-squaw-valley-ceo-andy-wirth