Andy Wirth’s Resort Management Career

Andy Wirth was born on 25th July 1963.He graduated from the Colorado State University with a bachelor degree in science. Andy has undying passion in skydiving. He has worked in the hotel industry and mountain resort for over 25 years. He is currently the president and CEO of a parent company of Squaw Valley by the name Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, Alpine Meadows Resorts. Andy also works as the chairman of Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees.

Andy has tirelessly worked as the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings to ensure that the ski area tops as the best tourism destination in the world. Squaw Valley Ski Resort located at the far end of a U-shaped valley was voted by the 10Best Readers’ Choice and the USA today as the 2016 ‘Best Ski Resort’ in the North America. The resort is internationally renowned.It spans over 6,000 skiable acres. The Squaw Valley is continuously growing with a development plan going through the approval process to increase the base area sevenfold size at the bottom of the mountain.

Andy has focused on improving the Lake Tahoe area. He contributes greatly to the community service and environmental organizations in the Lake Tahoe area.

On January 12, 2016, Andy Wirth was elected and announced the Chairman and President of The Reno-Tahoe Air Service Corporation (RASC).The RASC promotes air service into Reno-Tahoe International Airport and consistently identifies new prospects for additional flights. The board comprises of tourism entities like the South Lake Tahoe and regional hotel-casino properties. Wirth has been elemental to the development of air services and airports for major communities and resorts from Colorado to Quebec and most recently air service establishment to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport with JetBlue service from JFK Airport.

Andy was among the founders of the “Wounded Warrior Support” an ironman team that raises funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation to honor the fine men of the Navy SEALs after they return home.

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Andy Wirth King of the Mountain

It was a wonderful California beach day as I was driving up the Pacific Coast Highway. I was listening to KCRW and Press Play the Madeleine Brand Show. Her guest was Andy Wirth, the CEO and head honcho at Squaw Valley.

Andy Wirth is a guy living 25 hours a day, committed to his job on the mountain and the community that lives and works there, and besides skiing doing all the right exercise stuff to stay in shape with the possible exception of jumping out of light airplanes with a parachute on his back.

He lost an arm in a skydiving accident and nearly bled out before he was rushed to hospital where the arm was successfully reattached. Wirth is the kind of guy you want on your team in times when tough decisions need to be made and made rapidly. Brand talked to him about a newer threat to the ski industry, the drought.

Andy Wirth manned up and answered, showing more meteorologic knowledge than would be expected of someone in his position as manager of a ski resort. He talked about the “ridiculously resilient ridge” sounding like a man who has come to grips with the realities of the modern world.

Wirth does come from a family dedicated to the natural resources and Wirth himself was a backwoods ranger and knows all the right stuff that needs to be done in a fire emergency.

Being a skier myself, issues about this drought and how Wirth will cope with the situation are important. He is reassuring and seems to have the future for skiers planned out. When asked about bad snow levels he reassured us that if there were 4,000 acres of skiing instead of 6,000 acres; there would still be great skiing, just a little less of it.

His snowmaking and snowcat guys know what to do with the equipment, and you can bet that they are skiers, too, and want to finish their work day with a blast downhill and maybe shred a mogul or two. Any trip to Squaw Valley for skiing is a day well spent.

You are out on skis in nature and its a magical experience especially at night when the winds lay down, and the moon breaks through the clouds or when the snow is falling and is illuminated by the giant beam lights on the ski slopes making night skiing magical. Read more:

Andy Wirth is a great guy with a tough and important job, and the fact that he keeps making people happy is a testament to his mental agility and smarts. Keep up the good work but please stay away from skydiving.

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