Andy Wirth

Andy Wirth – Olympic Valley Incorporation

Andy Wirth I the CEO of the Squaw valley Resort, and he has been enduring some hard times in the past few years. He has withstood several years of a drought which ha been hard to run a ski resort. Squaw Valley Resort is one of the most prestigious ski resorts in the country. Many people travel to the area to visit the resort. It’s located in the Olympic Valley in California. Thankfully there has been some much needed moisture recently which has provided some relief for the resort and Mr. Wirth. They were able to open the doors early which helped get a jump start of the season.

Andy has also been dealing with the Olympic Valley Incorporation which he recently found out has withdrawn their efforts. This has provided some serious relief for Mr. Wirth. He says that it was a recipe for disaster. Their efforts would have caused some disasters in the community. Although it has caused some divisiveness between the two, Andy hopes that in the future their can be some healing between the two.

Mr. Wirth was born in raised in Germany. He moved to Colorado to attend college. He started college at the Colorado State University where he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree. He moved to Steamboat, Colorado after college and started working at the resort. His career started in Steamboat and he gained a lot of experience there. He always enjoyed the outdoors and his family was pat of some of the historical parks and recreation parks in Germany. His years in the outdoors is where he found his love for the resorts. He encountered a near death experience while sky diving that forever changed his life.

Mr. Wirth has worked very hard to make the resort a beautiful place to visit. His current project involves the construction of a gondola that will connect the two ski resorts located in the Olympic Valley together. It will allow the skier’s to easily navigate from one resort to the other which will make it much more convenient for the outdoor enthusiasts. The gondola has been a project that has been in the making for some time an is expected to be completed soon.

The project will make the beautiful sister resorts even more appealing than they already are. The recent relief has been much needed for Andy Wirth and the success of the resorts have really helped out. Mother nature decide to cooperate and the incorporation pulled their efforts from opposition. Things are finally looking on the upside and Wirth is hoping to continue to do the best for the community. Between the two divisive parties, he hopes there is healing involved and that they can move past it.

Read more: http://www.rgj.com/story/life/outdoors/recreation/2015/12/03/squaw-alpine-boss-looks-turn-page-divisive-fight/76735928/

The End to the Incorporation Olympic Valley

Earlier plans to incorporate Olympic Valley has been shelved as the plan no longer seems workable. According to the California Local Agency Formation Commission, the plan seemed unviable. This comes as good news for the area, who experienced drought the past seasons. Thanks to winter storms bringing in an earlier season, the area has seen a boom in business as resorts have opened before their usual time. Business owners and denizens alike are rejoicing the change in the decision of those interested in the incorporation the area. For inhabitants and companies, this means they can stay in business as usual.

Andy WirthCEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, received the news well since he put in efforts to oppose the backers of the incorporation. The battle over land usage was taken to California officials, where it was decided that the plan was not viable. Without the incorporation initiative, he is able to expand real estate and invigorate more business in the area. To ensure the incorporation didn’t happen, Wirth opposed the efforts, spending hundreds of thousands in the process. Since the incorporation is no longer happening, the focus has turned to issues more relevant to the community.

Wirth’s determination was fueled by his experience in the Olympic Valley area. He has an extensive background in business and started out in 1986 working for Steam Boat as an intern. He then began working in the marketing division. He later founded the Mountain Village Partnership and served as president of the board of directors. During his time with both companies, he was instrumental in the 2001 and 2006 American Olympic team send-off celebrations. In 2010, he became the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, where he is still in position today. As head of Squaw Valley, the resort increased in popularity. They are now one of the top 20 ski resorts in America.

He is also a philanthropist who donates his time and money towards various charities. He has served in leadership roles on the boards of several charities, which includes Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the California Ski Industry Association. Wirth helped develop the Wounded Warrior Support Ironman team to support the Navy SEALs. He felt compelled to help Americans who were wounded while serving their country. The proceeds raised through the Ironman competitions go to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

For more information, visit the original story at the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Andy Wirth Sees Relief From Olympic Valley Incorporation

It’s been a struggle for some of Lake Tahoe’s north shore communities in the last few years. Between the drought that has left them with a tough winter and the incorporation that’s been pushing the concept of new regulations on them, they’ve had their work cut out for them. The political corporation has caused quite a drift for the beautiful Olympic Valley resorts, especially the Squaw Valley Resort. The drought has slowed down business in the past four years, but they are finally seeing some relief.

Andy Wirth is the CEO and president of Squaw Valley Resort and has luckily experienced some positive news in the form of early season winter weather and the political incorporation withdrawing their efforts to raise taxes among the communities along with other issues. The storm swept through the valley early bringing in some much needed moisture to the resort. Many people come to enjoy the winter activities and take part in the beautiful scenic views, and they were able to do that a little earlier this year, which has helped the Squaw Valley Resort immensely.

Andy Wirth has many years of experience in the historical parks and resorts. He is from Germany, but moved to Colorado to attend the Colorado State University. He then moved to Steamboat, Colorado where he worked at the resort as their marketing manager. He then decided to take the move and become the CEO and president of the beautiful Squaw Valley Resort, which he is overseeing many positive changes happening. He is assisting in the process of building a gondola that will attach from one resort to the other, allowing skiers to get from one resort to the other in a timely fashion. They will have to park at one or the other, but once inside the resort, they will be able to utilize the gondola and both resorts for their winter activities. The building process has not begun yet, but one it does, it should take a few years to complete.

Andy Wirth is very passionate about the environment and the surrounding areas of the community. He is a major contributor to environment and community services. His goal is to improve areas so that people of all ages can happily enjoy. After surviving a near fatal sky diving accident, Andy co-founded the Wounded Warrior Support charity in honor of Navy Seals that have served their time and are returning home to their families.

Andy Wirth hopes that the political corporation and he can move past the issues that have been brought up. If they can move past this and allow a chance for healing, they can focus on the needs of the communities as well as the resort traffic.

Source: the Reno-Gazette Journal

Olympic Valley Incorporation: Dividing Communities, Businesses And Residents

Andy Wirth is the CEO and President of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He holds a Bachelor of Science that he received after graduating from the Colorado State University. He has decades of experience working in all different roles in tourism and the wilderness. Wirth has also worked his way from the bottom up. He first served as a firefighter and national parks ranger in New Mexico and Colorado. He then became an intern at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation. He worked for Steamboat for more than 20 years in all different marketing type positions. Due to all of this experience, Wirth was asked to be the Chief Executive Officer of Squaw Valley.

Andy Wirth is also very involved in philanthropy and in his local community. He has won several awards for his hard work, including the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award, the Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year Award and he was listed as a Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing. He has also been given several other honors like being asked to speak at the graduation ceremony of his alma mater or having a place on the board of several highly esteemed organizations and associations.

For the past 4 years, Wirth has been fighting a move to incorporate Olympic Valley, where Squaw Valley Ski Resort sits. He believes that incorporation will only hurt both the individual residents of the town but also the businesses in the town. The main reason is an significant increase to taxes. A secondary reason is that the services that the residents have come to know and appreciate, will cease. These services include snow plowing and road maintenance. Another secondary concern is that it will no longer be a member of the north shore communities, who have historically worked together to deal with regional issues. The Reno Gazette-Journal covered the issue in a recent article.

The other side of the argument, by the parties in Olympic Valley who would like to incorporate say that they want a town council so that the residents of the town will make the major decisions. At the current moment, the decision in the town are made by the Placer County Board of Supervisors. Most of the board members live in the suburbs in Sacramento. However, after four years, the Local Agency Formation Commission denied the town the right to incorporate because they said it was not financially viable. After this took place, the supporters of incorporation withdrew. The article closed by saying that the combination of this issue and the drought that has struck the Lake Tahoe area have created division within the town.

Battle of Incorporation disrupting the Olympic Valley

Andy Wirth who plays a big part of this story. Is the current acting CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He manages the Squaw Valley Ski Resort which is based in the Olympic Valley in Northern Tahoe. Known for its picturesque scenery it is an incredible winter wonderland. Ideal for vacation seekers from around the world who want to experience some of the finest snow activities available. Andy Wirth’s passion has been to provide the community he lives in the best opportunities possible and to spur on the local economy. Tough times are abundant in our daily lives but few conquer the toughest of times, Andy Wirth has seen the toughest of times as he was recently involved in a sky diving accident which almost severed his arm. Suffering from extreme blood loss, which almost left him dead he weathered the storm and his thankfully on the mend. Thank you to many talented doctors and occupational therapist’s as well as family and friends. Some of these friends are worth mentioning and these were a group of Navy Seals which were stationed in the Olympic Valley the time of his accident.

The friendships he had in this group of people saw him conquer this tough time and through their spirits, narration and willingness to fight he managed to gain a full recovery. This experience has left Andy Wirth with the ambition to create awareness for members of the Navy Seals and their families who have to endure extreme hardships at times. Raising money and creating awareness for the Navy Seal Foundation through events like the Lake Tahoe Iron Man he has done just that. Not only do these people sacrifice their lives for our country but they also inspire us as a community.

The recent article by the Reno Gazette Journal which can be found here. makes mention of the recent troubled times the Olympic Valley community has had to endure. No adequate snow fall and the looming battle of incorporation has left business’s in distress. Andy Wirth believes that times are a changing as both bad weather and the battle will come to and end. Incorporation was halted as both sides spent large amounts of money battling it out. Those pro incorporation believe that Andy Wirth had his own agenda’s as rumours were heard of upcoming developments in the commercial and residential sectors as well as a gondola service. This service is to connect Squaw Valley and the Alpine Meadows side. This has been something snow boarders and skiers have dreamt of for decades. The incorporation battle is over and Andy believes wounds will heal and the community can work together.

A Sigh of Relief for Squaw and Wirth as the Olympic Valley Incorporation Drive Halts

For the past few years, the communities and businesses North of Lake Tahoe have suffered the brunt of both nature and what Andy Wirth terms as divisive political activism. It all started with an epic drought that swept through the land bringing with it devastating effects on the small businesses and winter resorts that rely on them. These include the Squaw Valley resort and some of the most popular winter sports terrains in North America.
In an article published by Reno-Gazette Journal, the situation was further aggravated by the incorporation suit brought against the Olympic Valley communities. This case lasted four long years pitting the incorporation backers led by Fred Ilfield against the Olympic Valley communities. The communities and their interests were represented by the Squaw-Alpine resort CEO, Andy Wirth, who saw the incorporation move as a threat to the business and civic climate in the valley.
Wirth described the incorporation as a long-term threat to the survival of the valley communities and businesses therein. He noted that such incorporation would serve to increase taxes on the valley businesses making it difficult to open up a business or a operate one in Tahoe. According to Wirth, this would also lead to a decrease on the services that people depend on for survival such as road maintenance and snow plowing.
It, therefore, came as a relief to the Olympic Valley residents when the incorporation sympathizers decided to withdraw their case. It also served double relief to the Valley businesses as the winter season storms and colds came in earlier than anticipated and thus the opening of the various resorts across Tahoe including Wirth’s Squaw-valley resort. Wirth also mentioned that case was quite divisive and called on the Tahoe Valley residents to see the dropping of the case as a chance for healing.
About Andy Wirth
Andy began his career in as an intern with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation in 1986. For over 20 years, Andy has been working with the company in its marketing department in various roles until 2006 when the company was purchased by Intrawest. This saw Andy elevated to the position of the company’s Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of sales. In 2010, he joined Squaw Valley Ski Resort as CEO where he serves up to date.

Andy Wirth Discusses The Value Of Clean Power

Andy Wirth has a lot to say about climate change and the need for clean power. He picked a helpful venue in which to get his thoughts out in front of the public. In an op-ed for the Reno Gazette-Journal, the entrepreneur talks about the virtues of clean power.

In the op-ed, Wirth noted his pleasure with the Reno City Council and its decision to vote for the Clean Power Plan. As the name of the plan suggests, the idea at work here is to move the city away from “dirty” energy (coal, oil, etc.) and move towards a greater expansion of clean power. Clean power comes in the form of wind, solar, tidal power, and more.

In the op-ed, Wirth points out a number of reasons why the move to clean power is preferable to the current process. Namely, moving things in the direction of a “greener” economy has the potential to contribute to a growing, more sustainable economy.

Wirth also notes that clean energy would lead to reduced carbon emissions. By curtailing the release of carbon emissions into the air, the hope is the damage caused by the emissions is curtailed.

The Reno City Council does not have jurisdiction over state or federal policy. Clearly, the plan that the city council has passed only impacts the city itself. Through passing the local plan, the potential does exist for the council to influence lawmakers elsewhere.

Andy Wirth‘s commentary may carry a lot of weight with people who are on the proverbial fence about supporting clean power initiatives. As President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, Wirth has established himself as a major player in the resort and hotel industry. His name is well known and an endorsement from him could help a cause.

The op-ed might not change a lot of minds, but it can plant a few seeds for thought. Who knows where this will take public opinion over time.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Andy Wirth; Embracing Clean Energy Will Result In Successful Economy

On 10th August 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the clean power plan. An initiative dedicated to eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants existing in U.S. The following month, Andy Wirth gave his views during an Op-ed called clean power a good move for environment, economy. He commended Reno City Council for supporting the initiative that will enable the country embrace clean and renewable energy while doing away with dirty coal power. He noted that the council joins other domestic companies who are supporting the plan.

He highlighted the Clean Power Plan will enhance the both states’ and regionals’ economy. Clean energy will create employment opportunities and even attract top-notch companies such as Tesla, Microsoft, and Apple. These companies believe that clean energy is the future and will provide quality jobs to the residents.

He called on elected officials to accord the clean energy initiative the attention it deserves. He proceeded to commend those leaders who were supporting the plan. He suggested eradication of politics in the clean energy plan. The dirty energy being used in the country was the cause of drought, forest fires, and poor quality air.

Adopting the Clean Power Plan will lower the cost of household electricity and create a conducive environment. He noted that unnecessary emphasized being placed on traditional coal burning instead of adopting modern sources such solar and geothermal energy. He called on leaders both in the regional and state government to act as role models and lead the residents instead of practicing politics of convenience and political rhetoric. He noted greater technology innovation will be enhanced, and entrepreneurship boosted.

Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holding, which is indisputably top tourist’s destination. He graduated from Colorado State University with Bachelor of Science degree and attended Edinburg University in Scotland. He is an active humanitarian supporting environmental and community service organizations such as Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee, High Fives, and The McConkey Foundation. He has an experience of over 25 years working in managerial and supervisory positions in the mountain resort and hotel industry. He added Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award to his many awards and recognition.