Several years in the past for Lake Tahoe’s north shore communities have provided a tough stigma of events that have severely impacted the famous ski resort. They have witnessed and been the victim of a serious drought that has put a damper on the winter activities as well as the flow of traffic to the resort. Thankfully, they received an early winter storm that has passed through the area leaving a lot of snow and cold weather, allowing the Squaw Valley Resort to open earlier. This has allowed the winter activities to begin, and allowed the resort to get a jump start on the winter season. The other hold up they had going on was the efforts enforced by the political incorporation. Andy Wirth, who is the president and CEO has fought hard against their efforts and opposes their findings. Luckily, they have recently withdrawn their efforts which has created a huge relief for the Squaw Valley Resort staff and the CEO, Andy Wirth.
Andy Wirth has pretty much always been a part of the outdoor world. He is from Germany but moved to Colorado at a young age to attend the Colorado State University. After graduating from the university, he moved to Steamboat, where he worked there at the resort for a number of years. He has family that have worked in the outdoor world as well, so he has been very familiar with the outdoor enthusiasts and their need for activities. He took over the Squaw Valley Resort and since then has worked very hard to make some serious improvements that would be very beneficial to the resort. He is currently working on building a gondola that would result in linking the two sister resorts together. The skier’s would have the ability to visit bother winter resorts by using the device to get back and forth. The construction project for the gondola is set to go soon. He has also been a huge contributor to the environmental and community service organization. He has always been fairly focused on making the environment better for those of all ages. After surviving a very serious sky diving accident, it impacted his life in a positive way. He has been a active activist for the Wounded Warrior Support charity. He founded the program to help Navy Seals after the return home from duty to be with their families.
Wirth felt that the political incorporation and their efforts within the community would be a “recipe for disaster.” In the future, he hopes that they can move on from this and work together to ensure that the community becomes a better place. Although there has been some divisive comments, he hopes they can move past for a chance of healing.
Source: the Reno-Gazette Journal