Andy Wirth has been a key figure of development at Squaw Valley. In recent times, he revealed plans to connect the two iconic mountains that host Squaw Valley Ski Resort and Alpine Meadows Resort.
Both Ski resorts operate under the ownership of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. According to Andy Wirth, the connection will involve a base-to-base Gondola. Through this medium of transportation, skiers and snowboarders will take less time to move from one resort to the other.
The base-to base gondola will involve a large suspension cable hanging between the two mountains. Through the large cable, small carts carrying skiers, visitors and snowboarders will move from one resort to the other easily.
It will be expected to start from the bottom of Squaw Valley then pass through the ridge between the two resorts or mountains and end at the base of the Alpine Meadows. The move to connect the two resorts did not surprise many since rumors of such a plan began after the Alpine/Squaw Valley merger. Learn more about Andy Wirth: https://www.crowdrise.com/wwsupport
Though the development has experienced resistance from unhappy local skiers, Squaw Valley has been seeking for public support for the proposed base-to-base gondola through its website.
Proposed plans for the development are also expected to be handed out to Placer County and United States Forest Service. In addition, Squaw Valley boasts of expansion plans of its base-area village.
A Close Look at Andy Wirth
Wirth currently serves Chief Executive Officer and President of Squaw Valley Ski Holding, which is the owner of two top ski resorts around Lake Tahoe, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley Ski Resorts. After beginning his career at Steamboat Springs Resort in 1986, he went through various transitions, which revolved around leadership and marketing posts.
His big breakthrough came after leaving Intrawest, the company that bought Steamboat Springs in 2007, to join Squaw Valley as President as well as Chief Executive Officer.
Andy is the current chairperson of the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees. Earlier this year, he was privileged to be appointed as the Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation president and Chairperson.
Apart from his executive positions, he is a philanthropic figure who takes part in community service in the Lake Tahoe area. Consequently, he supports various organizations and initiatives such as the Truckee River Watershed Council, Girls on the Run Sierra Chapter, The McConkey Foundation, High Fives, The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Community House, and the Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee.