Mother Nature Comes to the Rescue for Squaw Alpine


For several years, local businesses at the famed Olympic Valley Winter Resort in Tahoe struggled due to the drought-like conditions. As if the might of Mother Nature was not enough, there was also an ongoing uncertainty on the fate of Olympic Valley due to the continuing legal battle to incorporate the resort. Luckily, after a long time, fate seems to be at the side of the local businesses. Firstly, Winter has set in weeks earlier than predicted, which gave hope to locals that this year will be different as skiing slopes have opened for the public. Yet, another major success on the political front is the settlement of legal case to incorporate Olympic Valley. As such, backers of the incorporation provided a welcome relief by forfeiting their case.

Interestingly, the legal battle is won as a result of the efforts by the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, who has spend thousands of dollars to stop the efforts to incorporate the Valley. According to Andy Wirth, the win is a huge success for locals because incorporation would only mean higher tax for the locals and more cash in the pockets of landowners. He also claimed that incorporation would also increase the price and quality of basic services to the community such as road maintenance and snow plowing. Perhaps, another reason for the efforts to block the incorporation was the possible isolation that resorts in the Olympic Valley would face due to the lack of ability to pool resources with other like-minded communities in the surrounding area. Mr. Wirth also declared that he fought the legal battle because local small business would not be able to operate profitability, if the Olympic Valley was incorporated. In the near future, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has plans to develop real estate and commercial areas of the ski resort. Among its largest projects is the Gondola ride that will connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

In a recent email, Fred Lifield, the backer of incorporation drive insisted that his team is ready to work with Mr. Wirth to build the community. For the businesses and residents of Olympic Valley, there couldn’t be a better news as both parties are trying to find a common ground. For now, it seems that the future of Olympic Valley and Squaw-Alpine resort is safe.

It should be noticed that Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Holdings, which is the premier business in the area. As such, Andy is deeply committed to promoting the well-being of the community. He is actively involved in numerous environmental and community based projects in the area. As a former NAVY Seal, Andy also oversees support fund for the Navy veterans.

P.S. The original article was published in Reno-Gazette Journal.

Clean Power Plan Supported By Andy Wirth


The CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Andy Wirth has shown his backing for the Clean Power Plan being pushed forward by many in the positions of power within California. After news came through that local officials in Reno had vited in favor of the plan, Wirth published an op-ed in the Reno Gazette-Journal backing the decision of the lcoal officials. Wirth has quickly become a valued member of the Reno and Olympic Valley communities after he was appointed to the positions of President and CEO of the resort that acted as the hoe of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Wirth links the use of dirty power sources with the many environmental problems facing California at the moment, including the drought and wildfires that are damaging the landscape. Wirth has himself volunteered as a firefighter and takes an actove interest in protecting the environment of the area in his business and personal interests. The many interests of Andy Wirth now include the completion of triathlon’s, which he began to undertake after a skydiving accident left him with life threatening injuries in late 2013. Now almost fully recovered, Wirth has taken on a more substantial role than ever before in his voluntary positions, which include being chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board.

The op-ed written by Andy Wirth shows the great understanding the former President of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports CLub has for the environmental issues facing California and the world as a whole. Andy Wirth believes the bsuiness leaders of California have shown the way for local government officials in adopting the Clean Power Plan, which he believes should be adopted immediately by all local authorities to change the way power is supplied. Clean power sources are required now, in the eyes of Wirth, who does not believe the world has time to wait for the introduction of the leatest clean fuels.