There are certain characteristics of ski resorts that everyone looks for when going on vacation. First of all, the snow should be soft but firm to provide for outstanding traction and safe skiing. Next, the resort should be easily accessible by car. Furthermore, the ski lifts should be quick to minimize lines and maximize time on the slopes. As CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, Andy Wirth has worked tirelessly to ensure that his resorts are the finest around. For decades, millions of customers from all over the world have flocked to his mountains.
Andy Wirth got his start in the ski resort industry in 1986. At Steamboat Springs, he served as the director of marketing. Under his watch, Steamboat Springs became a world-renowned resort that serves as an example to the rest of the world. Andy Wirth gained valuable experience learning from the best minds in the business. In 2007, Andy Wirth took a job as Executive Vice President of Intrawest. This company acquired Steamboat Springs in 2007. He served with Intrawest until 2010. He then took over as CEO of Squaw Valley.
Over the years, Wirth developed a reputation for his dedication to community service. He runs a Tahoe Fund called Founders Circle. This charity supports many community service and environmental organizations. Of note, he sits on the Tahoe Fund Board of Directors. This is a non-profit organization that works to preserve and improve the natural environment around the Lake Tahoe ski resort. He also serves on the National Ski Area Board of Directors where he ensures the best interests of the environment are maintained. He received the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award from the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees. He has also been recognized as the Business Leader of the Year and Citizen of the Year by multiple local organizations. Disabled Sports USA awarded him the Community Five Award for his philanthropic efforts.
Of note, Andy Wirth’s right arm was torn off in October 2013 during a skydiving accident in California. The arm was subsequently reattached surgically. Wirth has shared his story extensive and serves as an inspiration to others.