If you love something that’s been a part of your life for a long time, you just might fight for all your “Wirth” to keep it. Or at least that’s what Andy Wirth has been doing over at Squaw Valley Ski Resort over the last few years. According to the Reno Gazette Journal, Wirth was involved in a very big fight with locals of the Lake Tahoe region of the California-Nevada area over the property rights of the ski resort. The locals wanted to Incorporate Olympic Valley that area into their own township, a cause that while noble, would’ve resulted in a heavy financial strain on the area, and would have become unsustainable. Wirth is very relieved that the battle is now overs so he can work on new developments for the ski resort.
Wirth has been CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort for some time, helping to build the area he grew up skiing at into a fantastic vacation place for outdoor enthusiasts on on saveolympivalley.org. Wirth has done a lot of outdoor sports in his lifetime, but one nearly ended his life several years ago. Wirth loves skydiving for the thrills he experiences from it, but one time some difficulties in landing caused him to have a near-fatal accident. The road to recovery was a difficult period for Wirth, but he got connected with a group of Navy SEALs who had served their country overseas and who helped Wirth get back on his feet. As a result, he started a triathlon and funding program for these SEALs over at Crowdrise.
Wirth has also been featured in an episode of CBS’s Undercover Boss show, an opportunity he had to take the producers behind the scenes of Squaw Valley. Basically, Wirth left the comforts of his office to go undercover as a low level worker and find out how his everyday employees experienced life on the job. Wirth is actively involved in his local community, raising charity events and helping support local organizations. Recently he was appointed chair at the Reno Airport Board, a nine member board tasked with helping grow the airport’s services and expanding its marketing fields.