Life has its ups and downs as Squaw Valley Ski Resort CEO Andy Wirth acknowledges. The most important skill in life is that of handling the good and bad scenarios that life presents (read more: Special Warfare Warrior | Andy Wirth’s Fundraiser ). Andy Wirth has been around long enough to experience both sides of life. This article covers his comebacks even when the odds were stacked against him.
Andy Wirth heads the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings considered a winter sports heritage and top tourist destination in the world. His business is located in the Lake Tahoe Basin where the local community plays an integral role in environmental conservation. Andy Wirth and his business holdings participate in communal activities.
A few years ago, the county government declared an interest in incorporating the Squaw Valley under its management. The interest would have overlooked the model of sustainability currently implemented by the local community and the investors. Andy Wirth fought off the county interest using his resources to pay legal fees. Eventually, Wirth’s efforts paid off as the authorities withdrew the motion. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://www.powder.com/tag/andy-wirth/ and http://www.sierrasun.com/news/business/17254546-113/squaw-valleys-andy-wirth-appointed-chair-of-reno
However, the rough terrain and winter weather present a monumental infrastructural challenge in the area. Roads are narrow and meander around the mountains making transportation a challenge. Andy Wirth has nevertheless provided a way forward for the construction of a base gondola. The new plans cover the Alpine Meadows and the Squaw Valley Resort and an about 1000 visitors can be channeled up and down the mountain a day.
However, Andy Wirth‘s greatest comeback started after a life-threatening accident in 2013. After developing a passion for skydiving, Andy made routine dives with his friends.
On a fateful day, he landed awkwardly and severed his right arm. Not even a dozen surgeries could save it from decapitation, and he spent three months in and out of the hospital. Andy’s comeback features fitness training in the company of Navy SEALS. He also participates in Ironman competitions to increase his endurance levels. Read more: Update on CEO Andy Wirth and his letter
By the looks of it, Andy maybe back in his office soon. His in-tray is full not to mention his new and demanding role on the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.