In recent years, Lake Tahoe residents have been in a struggle concerning the incorporation of their town. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, led by Andy Wirth, sees incorporation as a hindrance to the local businesses, which would lead to higher taxes, but there are those in town who opposed this idea and wanted to see incorporation. This presented a divisive dispute within the county.
According to the Reno-Gazette Journal, Squaw Valley contacted Placer County Board of Supervisors as a third party to intercede between the two opinions. After many long disputes, California’s Local Agency Formation Commission determined that this area of Lake Tahoe would not be financially viable for incorporation, and though this decision brought an end to the proposal, there were many hurt feelings.
Mr. Wirth grew up in Colorado, and he worked his way up to President and COO at Steamboat Springs in the 20 years before he went to Squaw Valley Ski Resort as CEO and president of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Andy has spent his entire career in the Tahoe area, and he cares for the people and the community. He is pleased to see this chapter of the community dispute come to an end for Lake Tahoe residents, so they can recover and get on with business as usual.
Mr. Wirth has faith in the residents and business owners in the area, and he believes that their community issues can be better handled in town council or in the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority meetings. Andy, as a businessman and philanthropist, believes that they can be a united community again.
Andrew Wirth has been in the ski resort and hotel business ever since he graduated from Colorado State University. He served Steamboat Springs, and, in 2910, he became president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, which were recently joined together under Mr. Wirth’s leadership.
Andy has received many community service and professional awards throughout his career including the “Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award, Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year and he earned his position in the Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing list,” reports the Journal.
In 2013, Andy Wirth was in a horrific skydiving accident that tore off his arm. Amazingly, it was surgically reattached, but Andy was off work for over 10 months, and being the active individual that he is, this was a very difficult time in his life. When he returned, he was determined to improve Squaw Valley and the community as well. In 2014, he was awarded Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA, and, in the fall, he was the commencement speaker for the Colorado State University of Natural Resources. Andy Wirth is a vital component of the Lake Tahoe ski industry and the community.