Olympic Valley Incorporation Efforts Withdrawn As Andy Wirth Announces Growth Plan

In the last few years, nature has been rough for communities residing in the north shoes of Lake Tahoe. According to the Reno Gazette Journal, the area has been experiencing serious drought, which has greatly disadvantaged businesses that depend on the neighboring winter resorts. In addition to this challenge, a political storm has been brewing over an incorporation battle pitting two opposed camps. At the center of the dispute is the scenic Olympic Valley. The valley is home to Squaw Valley resort and some of America’s best winter sporting terrains. However, after much months of uncertainty the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holding, Andy Wirth is relieved because the tide is slowly changing.

First, Mother Nature has brought early season storms and the much desired cold season, which has helped various resorts including Squaw Valley Resort to open for business earlier than anticipated. On the political front, supporters of the incorporation efforts have formally withdrawn their fight to incorporate Olympic Valley in a move investors like Wirth saw as a threat to business and civic climate in the area. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings resort has spent thousands of dollars opposing the incorporation attempt. Wirth argues that the move could have forced a tax increase on people and businesses as well as cause rapid deterioration of basic services such as snow plowing and road maintenance.

The backers of the incorporation move on their part, believe Squaw Valley Ski Holdings decision to oppose the push was mostly self-motivated. Because Squaw Valley Ski Holdings did not want to answer to the town council on land development issues; they instead wanted to go through the Board of Supervisors based in Placer County, in Auburn California. Looking into the future, Squaw Valley Holding has proposed an ambitious plan for the area, the resort plans to improve the real estate sector by constructing more residential homes and commercial units. The other plan is to build a gondola that connects Squaw Valley with the ski areas of Alpine Meadows.

About Andy Wirth
Andrew Wirth is the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, a brand that runs two Olympic Valley resorts, the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadow Ski resorts. Wirth has over 25-years experience working in mountain resort and hotel industries. Because of his immense contributions at the community level, Wirth has been a recipient of various community and professional awards. The awards include Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year and Outstanding Service Award issued by the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustee. The Sierra Sun reports that Wirth took over as the new board chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board on July 9, 2015. He brings international resort management skills and resort city flight development experience to the board.

Incorporate Olympic Valley – Relief From the Political Incorporation

The past few years have been tough for the Squaw Valley CEO, Andy Wirth, along with the staff and the residential community. They have been faced with a drought, which has made business slow and extremely difficult. Wirth has also faced the pressure from the political incorporation that has placed a difficult situation on the Olympic Valley and Squaw Valley Resort. Luckily, they have seen some relief recently as Mother Nature has cooperated by bringing in some moisture and snow to the are and the incorporation has withdrawn their political efforts which would have increased taxes on residents and business, making it more difficult for the residents in the area and the surrounding areas. With the recent relief from the incorporation and the early snow storms that have allowed the Squaw Valley Resort to open early and increase traffic, things are finally beginning to look up. Wirth has endured a lot of damaging statements and accusations from the incorporation, but he hopes that they can all move forward and look past the issues by focusing on the best interests of the surrounding communities and their residents. He is happy that they were able to avoid the political incorporations recipe for a fiscal disaster, and hopes that they can continue to move forward in a positive manner. This information is published in the Reno Gazette Journal and you can read more here.

Andy Wirth has years of experience in the parks and recreation industry. He started his career in Steam Boat Colorado where he eventually became the chief marketing officer for the Corporation before he became the CEO for Squaw Valley. He has approximately 25 years of experience in the ski area world and has successfully overseen many positive changes and upgrades for the Squaw Valley Ski Resort. He was actually born in Nuebrucke, West Germany, and didn’t take him long to become interested in the outdoor winter activities industry. He attended Colorado State University, where his passion developed even more. He gained experience through becoming a ranger for the Rocky Mountain National Parks and fell in love with the wilderness area.

Wirth is also a huge contributor to the environmental groups and community service organizations. His focus is to improve the area in general for all ages and to preserve certain areas as well. His passion for the environment and activities in the community prove to be valuable and genuine as he hopes to continue to build and improve the communities surrounding the Squaw Valley Resort area.

Andy Wirth Wants To Help Shape Squaw Valley’s Future

Andy Wirth has recently written an op-ed for the Auburn Journal on Squaw Valley’s present and potential future. Mr. Wirth, who is CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings obviously has a vested interest in improving his community. However, he also cares about the area that his business is in and wants what’s best for it.

In this op-ed, Mr. Wirth talks about how tourism is big business for Squaw Valley. Competition for the resort dollars has become extremely competitive and how resorts have to plan year-round activities to keep people interested. He wants to keep the area interesting year-round and make things easier for the resorts. He also would like to see jobs remain stable for the community and even increase.

The project Mr. Wirth wants people to get behind will create over 1400 new jobs for the area. The project will also generate $25 million in annual tax revenue which will help the whole community by funding public services such as road improvements, snow removal and more.

Year-round activities will include educational opportunities for tourists to learn about the area as well as a Mountain Adventure Camp where athletes can train and others can play. The project is taking environmental stewardship into account and is mostly going to be built on parking lots. The plan also asks for the restoration of Squaw Creek.

Andy Wirth has worked tirelessly to make Squaw Valley one of the top tourist destinations in the world. He’s a major contributor to environmental and community service organizations in the Lake Tahoe area. He wants to improve the area for everyone.

Mr. Wirth has received a number of community service and professional awards for his efforts. Mr. Wirth has received the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award from the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees, Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year Award and made the HSMAI Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing list. In 2014, Andy Wirth, who had his right arm torn off and surgically reattached as a result of a skydiving accident,was recognized as Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA. He has also received the Community Five Award.

Squaw Valley and Alipine Medows Ski Resorts Great Places to Spend the Upcoming Ski Season

It is never too early to start planning your ski trip during ski season. Whether you are an occasional skier who takes one or two trips a season, or an aspiring professional skiier, they have the amenities that you are looking for. The two resorts are combinined which means that a single ticket gets skiiers access to both resorts.

The two resorts are located near picturesque Lake Tahoe, and have plenty to offer skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Between the two resorts, there are over 6,200 acres of ski trails. If the two resorts are combined into one mega-resort they make up the largest resort in America, and the second largest in North America. That includes 43 lifts and over 270 trails rated at beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Squaw Valley has six peaks, with Granite Peak being the hightest at 9,050 ft tall. Alpine Meadows is slightly smaller, with only 13 lifts and 100 trails but due to its unique geopgraphy, generally has a longer ski season than other Lake Tahoe ski resorts.

Between the two resorts there is plenty of opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. They also have plenty of other unique features as well. Squaw Valley has an ariel tramway that rises rises 2,000 ft to High Camp, and is 8,200 ft above sea level. Alpine Meaodows is best known for its family friendly atmosphere and its unique Chalet-style lodges.

Both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley have undergone some major improvements since Andrew Wirth became the CEO of these resorts. In 2010, Wirth took over the resort and helped oversee a $70 million upgrade and the a mirger with its sister resort Alpine Valley. In order to make this possible, Wirth used his experience and considerable skills gained in the ski resort industry to help make Alpine Meadow and Squaw Valley ski resorts the primier skiing desitinations for knowledgeable skiiers.

Before becoming CEO of Alpine Medows and Squaw Valley Ski Resorts, Andy Wirth worked at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, where he began as an intern in 1986. He worked there for more than 20 years, gaining expereience in nearly every role the resort had to offer. He also has considerable experiece as a ranger and wilderness guide, and has served as the chairman of the board of directors for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.