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Squaw-Alpine boss looks to turn page on ‘divisive’ fight


Squaw Valley Resort Holdings CEO Andy Wirth is ready to move past the issues that stood to tear the community apart.

The North Shore community is on the cusp of regaining its form after a lasting drought. In the wake of that issue, Wirth and his supporters faced off with another group who backed incorporation. Wirth fought hard against incorporation because he was convinced that it would levy a financial burden that the community couldn’t afford.

“I thoroughly believe that incorporation would do nothing to help this community. Small businesses would never survive the heavy taxation,” said Wirth.

However, the backers of the incorporation effort withdrew their request without giving a reason. Sadly, there are still some lingering bad feelings between the two sides. “We all love this community. I just hope we all can get past this and focus on the future,” said Wirth.

Squaw Valley is focusing on making more improvements and even building a gondola to connect it with Alpine Valley Resort.

The good news is, the weather forecast for this snow season is far more promising. According to local meteorologists, there will be plenty of snow. In fact, there should be enough snow to allow resorts to open their seasons early.

Andy Wirth is a pioneering resort CEO that has built Squaw Valley into one of the best in the world. Upon graduating from Colorado State University, he worked for the local park service then for Steamboat Springs Resort for 25 years. After accepting the lead position, he built the resort into one of the best in the world.

Wirth has a good relationship with both his staff and members of the community. He serves on a number of local boards and was recently installed as the board chairman of the Lake Tahoe International Airport.

Wirth has shown great strength and perseverance over the last two years. A skydiving accident resulted in the loss of his arm, which was surgically reattached. He spent months in rehabilitation and regained about 75% use of his arm. This didn’t stop Wirth from training for and participating in the Ironman competition.