The rise of Andy Wirth  

Andy Wirth, born in 1963 is a philanthropist who works at the Mountain resort and hotel industry. Currently, Andy is the president and the chief executive officer at Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Andy has worked tirelessly to see the Ski area as one of the top most tourist destination across the world. Andy gained over 25 years of experience in hotel industry. Andy attended Colorado State University and also furthered his education at Edinburgh University in Scotland. He started pursuing his passion while still schooling and gained some experience as a backcountry ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. Andy also played a role of wilderness ranger at San Pedro Parks…
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The call for Olympic Valley Incorporation put on hold

Within the Olympic Valley are the Granite Chief Wilderness Area and Five Lakes. The proposed building of a gondola service might affect some of these areas. Andy Wirth was questioned in a recent interview on this exact matter and wether he saw any risk of imposing on this area with the construction. The land dividing the two areas of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows belongs to Troy Caldwell and therefore the line of construction will not affect the Wilderness Area. Andy Wirth was a wildlife ranger in his youth and his grandfather has actually helped write the Wilderness Act of 1963. He is therefore extremely familiar with this important piece…
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Andy Wirth Offers Relief to Lake Tahoe Region

Communities surrounding Lake Tahoe have had a serious drought to contend with. The natural damage became apparent this winter, as resorts and businesses that relied on them suffered from the drop in revenue. Add to that the business battle over Olympic Valley, and its easy to see why the region is struggling. But, if Andy Wirth is right, relief may be on its way. Wirth pointed out that early storms were able to provide the environment that draws vacationers to resorts, feeding the local economy a little earlier than has been the norm in warmer winters in the past decade or so. Incorporation of Olympic Valley, however, is testing the…
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Reno Needs Clean Energy And Council Moves Forward To Approve It

Driving through any major city these days and you will see wind turbines and plenty of solar panels. Harvesting the energy of the sun and wind has saved companies millions of dollars, not to mention the fact that it is considered to be a clean energy source. Andy Wirth posted an article recently in the Reno Gazette-Journal about the Clean Power Plan. This plan would switch his city from the use of coal power over to renewable energy. Why does Wirth care so much about Reno and their energy sources? Well, Wirth currently runs the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts in California, which are in the Lake Tahoe…
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Slopes, Service and Renovation

With the upcoming ski season around the bend, it is a great time to start thinking about where you will hit the slopes. With so many options available in the United States, it is important to think about what you value the most out of a ski vacation. For many people, skiing is a lifestyle, and the planning of a skiing adventure is not taken lightly. Especially for those who travel in from out of state, or out of the country, it is important that a ski resort meets and exceeds their expectations. If you are looking for variety in slopes, top notch customer service, incredible food, amenities galore and…
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Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley CEO And Philanthropist

As El Niño continues to influence the weather, avid skiers are hoping for that dream, filled ski season brought by the cooler climate now setting in across the nation. The past few years have been somewhat of a disappointment in some areas around the country with warmer than usual temperatures and a shortage of the white stuff. An early snow would create the ski vacation of a lifetime for many that enjoy the thrill of racing through snow filled trails. Ski Season can be summed up in one word, Fun. This is a time of the year when skiing, snowboarding and many other winter sports abound. Resorts consider it ski…
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It Does Not Make Sense for Residents or Businesses to Incorporate Olympic Valley

There is a movement to incorporate Olympic Valley, which is a popular skiing and vacation destination located near Lake Tahoe. Olympic Valley has always been an unincorporated area and this has worked well for the region as it has a small population and is primarily a tourist destination. The Placer County Local Agency Foundation Commission conducted a fiscal analysis that concluded that since Olympic Valley has fewer than 1000 residents that live there full time, the area would not be able to support itself if it incorporated. This poses the question, where would the city's main revenue source come from to make incorporation feasible with so few residents? According to…
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