Andy Wirth’s Commitment to Tahoe
Written by admin on October 20, 2016
With the ski season just upon us, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board has recently appointed Andy Wirth its new chairman. He is also the Squaw Valley Ski’s CEO, and he has had a long-standing commitment to the area. He has worked in the tourism industry in Tahoe for over 25 years, and he has been the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski resort since 2010. The two mountains in Tahoe, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, have started a transitional phase in which both mountains will be connected to each other through a gondola. Both mountains have their own distinct cultures, but Andy Wirth is committed in connecting them. Since they are both merging, it is now possible to buy a single ticket that will work for both mountains.
A major part of his commitment to the skiing culture in Tahoe started after his near-fatal accident while at the Squaw Valley Ski resort. He jumped out of a helicopter, and he severely damaged his arm. Although any near-death experience would give anyone a new outlook on life, Andy Wirth decided to committed himself to aiding veterans who have lost limbs in combat. Himself, and two other men, formed The Special Warfare Warrior Support Team. This group of men raise funds for the Navy Seal Foundation. He feels that the veterans, in which he has committed himself to, give him inspiration to keep training. He sees what the veterans gave when they chose to serve in the military for the United States, and after his brush with death, he saw a chance to improve their lives for their sacrifices.