Andy Wirth And His Relentless Fight Against The Incorporation Of Olympic Valley.

Andy Wirth is the founder and owner of the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings and a determined philanthropist, the founder of Wounded Warrior Support and a GoFund Me page dedicated to helping the Navy Seals Foundation. Skydiving is one of the best sport and leisure time activities for Andy Wirth and he us very passionate about it. In 2011, a skydiving accident that nearly rendered him armless set him on the philanthropic course. He united with his Navy Seals friends who he had met during their training at Olympic Valley to form an Ironman group, Wounded Warrior Support. This Ironman team had objectives of helping and supporting Navy Seals veterans who had lost their limbs in war get prosthetic limbs. He also supports the Navy Seals Foundation through his GoFund Me campaign where he collects funds for donation to the foundation.

During a recent interview, Andy Wirth spoke about the past few years at Olympic Valley and how business has been. He also talked about the incorporation of the Olympic Valley and why he was so determined to fight against it. About the past few years of business in the Olympic Valley, Andy Wirth said that it has been tough, especially the past four-year which a long drought hit the area. The Lake Tahoe region was greatly affected by the four-year-long drought that brought business in the area to a standstill. The draught leads to a decrease in tourism activities that forced resorts and businesses that depended on tourism to close down due to lack of business.

Andy Wirth says that that hard economic moment is now gone, and the seasonal winds have come early, this time, round. Most resorts and local businesses are now back to operations with a new determination and drive to compensate for the lost time. Most resorts in the area are know renovated and will be able to give tourist more comfortability and luxury. The drought period also allowed Andy Wirth to complete fully the connection of his Squaw Valley Ski resort terrain and that of his newly acquired Alpine Meadows. Now tourists at the Olympic Valley will be able to experience better skiing at the world’s longest ski terrain.

There was also the issue of the incorporation of Olympic Valley, which Andy Wirth fought against with tooth and nail. According to Andy Wirth, the incorporation motion had in the first place come up at a wrong time when the community in Lake Tahoe was struggling with economic difficulties due to the long drought. The people of the area and businesses too hoped that after the draught they will be able to make up for their losses, and that was not going to be possible after the incorporation. The incorporation of the Olympic Valley would also mean more taxes for the people and businesses around the area.

Source:The Reno Gazette-Journal

The Ski Slopes With Andy Wirth

Andrew Wirth, affectionately know as Andy is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He was born on July 25th, 1963 in Neubrucke, Germany. He was always involved in the resort and hotel industry, working in this area for about twenty five years. He loves the open air, saying it was always in his blood.

When he graduated college, he worked at the Steamboat Ski and resort Corporation. There he stayed for almost twenty years, he was handling marketing for the company. He did such an outstanding job, so they promoted him to Intrawest, Steamboat’s parent company.

After Intrawest merged with Steamboat, Wirth was named Chief Marketing Office, and executive Vice President of sales. He had to manage all the resorts owned by this company. He stayed with this company until he parted ways, amicably, in 2010.

Then in 2010 he took over Squaw Valley, which is west of Lake Tahoe. It’s one the largest ski resort in the United States, this area once hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. It now has thirty chairlifts, and spectacular, breathtaking views covering it’s 3,600 acres. In the summer months tap your feet to the well known musical performers, or even have a relaxing evening with yoga. Taught by the best in the business.

In Squaw Valley it’s not unusual to get about forty feet of snow in the winter. So for all you die hard ski buffs and even beginners, there is a lot to do. The elevation is about 8,200ft. The Cushing family managed it for almost 70 years. Andrew Wirth was given the position as CEO. The renovations budget was $70 million. That project, Wirth personally handled. He wanted to make sure that the resort could hold it’s own with all the others ski area around. He aim was for it to be the best in the area. Soon by 2011 it did happen. Squaw Valley was in the top twenty percent in the industry.

Andrew Wirth has a very generous heart. He contributes to most environmental and community service project in the Lake Tahoe area and is a strong believer in giving back.
His long term goal is continuous improving on Squaw Valley, he wants to make it so popular, people will always want to return, year after year, eventually taking it the number one resort for skiing.

On July 11th, 2013 Andrew Wirth was appointed to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board. Because of all his experience in the international resort management, where he worked tirelessly with different airlines, negotiating flights into Utah, Colorado and Canada.

Andy Wirth Speaks Out For Clean Power Plan Bill

The City of Reno just has gained an outspoken voice rallying for environmental change. Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squawk Valley Ski Holdings is leading the charge to pass the Clean Power Plan bill for the City of Reno. And it looks like a successful campaign as the The Reno-Gazette Journal announced city council voted to support the bill along with welcome cooperation from the private sector. Andy Wirth notes that times have changed. The area’s clean energy economy is thriving through support of companies that are willing to transition to alternative forms of clean and sustainable energy; while at the same time keeping the pressure on utilities to follow suit.

Not one to mince words, Wirth points out that the Valmy coal plant is still burning coal for electricity. An Environment Nevada report estimated that the “North Valmy Power Plant in Humboldt County emits 5690.5 tons of smog-forming pollution every year—the most in Nevada…” Research has proven that high levels of smog pollution affects the lung capacity of children and will damage lung tissue of adults over time. Smog pollution also reduces yield for crops that are native to the Nevada region.

What Mr. Andy Wirth explains is, the City of Reno is in a crucial moment in time to effect real change in clean air standards and sees this as an opportunity to go beyond staying within federal guidelines and pushing to a national leadership role. By not giving in to special interests groups and developing logical, long term solutions, a healthy and vibrant economy and air standard can be maintained.

Not one to turn away from a challenge, Wirth has successfully merged Squawk Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts under one roof creating one of the most successful ski vacation adventure destinations in California. An avid sky diver, Wirth’s right arm was torn off in a near fatal diving incident, but his calm thinking and resilient spirit carried him through.

A recipient of numerous community service and professional awards, Wirth is a dedicated familiy man and a major contributor and supporter of many environmental and community service organizations. In his new role,taking on the Clean Power Plan bill as a key step in the right direction for Reno, Andy Wirth continues to exhibit strength and determination in face of unsurmountable odds.

Cleaner Energy Today for a Cleaner Environment Tomorrow

In the beginning of October of 2015 the city council of Reno voted in favor of the Clean Power Plan.This will reduce the amount of power that is made through coal and provide a cleaner energy that is renewable. This plan is one that should be adopted nationwide. Many other private companies have already adopted this plan and the Reno City council is joining them in the fight to reduce dirty energy through coal consumption.

Every person should be advocating for clean energy in their communities. We can tell our elected officials exactly what we want and hope that they will be on our side. We need our elected officials to be leaders in this powerful clean energy movement. We need them to speak up just like the private companies and society has been doing for years. We need to tell these elected officials that they should do what is best for society and our environment and not what is best for certain special interest groups. Our economy can be helped through policies like the Clean Power Plan and is not hindered in any way.

Without this policy there is a bleak future for our communities. Currently we are experiencing poor air quality. This is terrible since it’s the air that we breathe and its not clean. We have seen droughts and even forest fires recently. By using dirty coal energy we are leaving behind a huge carbon footprint that could have been avoided with cleaner alternatives. Why on earth are we still using coal for energy when we have access to some of the best geothermal and solar energy? We need to stop contributing to climate change through dirty energy and help prevent it from going any further. We need to applaud companies that are paving the way for better energy sources such as Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla. All of these companies want to see cleaner energy being used.

The ideas expressed above come from a man named Andy Wirth. He is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He contributes a great deal of his time with environmental organizations around Lake Tahoe. These include The Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee, Truckee River Watershed Council, and many others. He is also a part of the board of Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal