A Brief Look At Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski

 

Andy Wirth is a philanthropist and Squaw Valley Ski’s CEO. He was also recently named the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board chairman. Not only has he worked to make Squaw Valley one of the world’s top tourist destinations, he has also worked tirelessly with a number of Lake Tahoe area community service and environmental organizations to improve the area and make it more fun for children and adults alike. Wirth has overseen over $70 million in upgrades to the resort, it merger with Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, and helped to rebuild its reputation as a premier ski vacation destination.

Born in Nuebrucke, West Germany, Wirth is a graduate of Colorado State University and
Edinburgh University. His grandfather is Conrad Wirth, the US National Park Service’s former director. Andy Wirth has lots of experience working in the mountains. When he was younger worked in San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area as a wilderness ranger and in Rocky Mountain National Parks as a backcountry ranger. Wirth was also a member of Northern New Mexico’s Hot Shot Wild Land Fire Crew. In Lodi, California in 2013 Wirth had a skydiving accident which resulted in his right arm being torn off. It was later surgically reattached.

Wirth is one of the co-founders of the Wounded Warrior Support, an Ironman team he helped to start after his recovery from a skydiving accident which almost took his life. The Irornman team does a number of fund raising activities in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation, an organization which works to provide support for members of the special operations team when they return from serving in military operations around the world. The organization offers much needed support for the families of the service men and women as well.

Prior to becoming president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings in 2010, Wirth worked with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation for more than 20 years in sales and marketing both domestically and globally. He was also board chairman of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. The organization, which is over 100 year old, helps to stage competitive winter sports events and develop athletes involved in winter sports. Wirth has received numerous professional and community service awards including Disabled Sports USA’s 2014 Citizen of the Year. He continues to be involved in numerous philanthropic and community service organizations.

Andy Wirth is married and has three children. He lives in Truckee, California.

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