Published On: Fri, Apr 13th, 2018

Squaw Valley President Andy Wirth Announces Retirement

Andy Wirth, President of Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows

Andy Wirth, President of Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, has recently announced his retirement from the company, marking the end of an incredible career in the ski resort industry. Colleagues, friends and family alike have by now become familiar with Andy Wirth’s talent, and his departure will be felt throughout the entire Squaw Valley community.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is one of Tahoe’s most revered skiing areas. The resort spans 6,000 acres for skiing, as well as 450 inches of snow on an annual basis, rendering it an ideal location for skiiers from all parts of the world. Squaw Valley served as the host site for the 1960 Winter Olympics, and still remains a hub for Olympic talent.

Wirth’s dedication to Squaw Valley’s economic success has been demonstrated on myriad occasions throughout his 8 years as Chief Executive Officer. Personally and professionally, he holds a number of qualities that have rendered him a valuable asset during his tenure. Among these are his extensive knowledge of marketing, his positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure the success of Squaw Valley. Wirth has taken great pride in working with nearly 2,300 individuals, all of whom shared his immense passion for the incredible environment in which they work.

Andy Wirth has dedicated nearly a decade to his work with Squaw Valley. As Chief Executive Officer, he was responsible for the implementation of a variety of new programs that have helped Squaw Valley reach new heights in the realm of ski resorts. In addition to an unwavering work ethic, Wirth’s vast knowledge of the industry has further launched Squaw Valley into one of the U.S.’s most sought-after ski locations.

Some of Wirth’s most notable achievements with Squaw Valley include the acquisition of the stunning Alpine Meadows, as well as the advancement of the California Express Gondola, which was first proposed in 2015.

The creation of the California Express Gondola was a lifelong dream of Squaw Valley’s founder Wayne Paulson. The project was forced to undergo a variety of hurdles before approval, but it now has the power to positively impact thousands of skiiers during their time at Squaw Valley. The gondola, which would be similar to those currently in use by Park City in Utah and at British Columbia’s Whistler-Blackcomb, allows skiiers to access Alpine Meadows safely and quickly, within a time frame of 12 and a half to 13 and a half minutes. Additionally, according to Wirth, the gondola would remove nearly 18 tons of carbon from the atmosphere per year. Although some objected to the gondola due to environmental disturbance, Wirth assured critics that the California Express Gondola would be built with the utmost sensitivity to the environment in mind.

Wirth’s lifelong passion for the outdoors has surely aided him during his time with Squaw Valley. In addition to his long-held love of the mountains and the sport of skiing, Wirth’s business prowess often took front and center during his time as CEO and President of the resort. His efforts to continually improve Squaw Valley is not lost upon the many who enjoy its facilities.

With Wirth’s departure, Ron Cohen of the Alterra Deputy General Counsel, will take on the role of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ Interim President and Chief Operating Officer. No date for Wirth’s departure has yet been set.

As for his plans after retirement, Wirth has cited plans to spend more time with his daughters at his family’s new home, located in the picturesque San Juan Capistrano. He also intends to devote more time to causes he holds dear, such as advocating for wounded warriors and other issues, like environmental causes.

Author: Jacob Maslow

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