The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is better known as the 1964 Winter Olympic Stadium and Resort. It was built especially for the Olympic Games, so it is an incredible property. Andy Wirth, a successful businessman, and outdoorsman became president and CEO of Squaw Valley in 2010, and he was the perfect man for the job.
The first year he authorized a six million dollar renovation in order to advance the resort and bring make state-of-the-art ski lifts, the hotel and much of the grounds. This was the first of many innovative ideas that Mr. Wirth has implemented.
Lake Tahoe has been suffering a dry season, and Andy has been working overtime to try to make it better. Incorporation was introduced into the community, but Wirth and other residents believed that it would increase the taxes too much to accept it. Wirth led a tough battle, but the area remains unincorporated. The dry weather has also been hard on the ski resorts, but Wirth has been building the summer tourist trade since he became CEO, so Sqauw Valley has not suffered as much.
Andy Wirth is adventurous and has always loved the outdoors. His first job was working as a ranger in Colorado. He then attended the University of Colorado where he received a degree in hotel and resort management. Immediately he accepted a job at Steamboat Springs where he remained for 20 years. He began as a marketing manager and worked his way through the company until he became CEO.
During this time, Andy had a horrific accident while skydiving, which was one of his favorite activities. Andy had to make an emergency landing and is his right arm was torn off. Help arrived in 15 minutes, and surgeons were able to reattach it successfully. He spent eight months in recovery, and in that time, he learned muscle building from the Navy Seals.
Wirth then originated the first Ironman Competition as a result; he made good come from tragedy. He leads Squaw Valley Holdings and is chairman of the Reno Transit Authority in the community, Andy Wirth continues to make a positive footprint in California.