The last few years have not been easy for the north shore communities of Lake Tahoe. A major drought had taken it’s toll for the small businesses and winter resorts that are dependent on it.
The community has also faced political challanges as well, which came from an incorporation battle that involved the picturesque Olympic Valley, which is the home of the Squaw Valley Resort, as well as some of the most well known winter sport’s terrain throughout North America.
Andy Wirth, who is the CEO and president of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, has brought some good news to the communities in the aftermath of these problems, saying that both fronts could see relief.
Mother Nature helped in taking care of the drought, with there being early season storms, that have have helped Squaw Valley, as well as other resorts in the Tahoe area to open much earlier then they have in a decade.
And backers in the incorporation effort, of which Wirth has considered to be a threat to the area, is helping to provide relief to the political issue, when they withdrew their effort of incorporating Olympic Valley.
Squaw Valley has spent hundreds of thousands in opposing incorporation efforts, since it could have caused higher taxes to businesses and residents in the area. However, the spending was not able to overcome California’s Local Agency Formation Commission.
With the incorporation efforts being effective stymied, Wirth want the community to work on other issues such as transportation, in efforts for the community to go beyond the Olympic Valley.
As the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings CEO, Andy Wirth has worked hard in order to make the ski area a top tourist destination in the world. Wirth has been a major contributor for community and environmental service organizations within the Lake Tahoe area, where his focus is on making improvements to the area for visitors of all ages.
After he was involved in a ski diving accident that was nearly fatal in, 2013, which occurred when in a downwind landing, he ended up in a vineyard, with wires, sharp upright post and vines. Since then he has founded the ironman team that call themselves Wounded Warrior support.
The team helps in honoring the men that have served in the Navy SEALS, and have raised funds to give the Navy SEAL Foundation.
After,his accident, he said that through his own recovery, he has often thought about what it must be like navigating through the challenges that these men and their families have to go through upon their return home.
The Navy SEAL Foundation was set in place to help members of the special operations team and their families as they return home. In his early career, Wirth earned degrees form Edinburgh University and Colorado State University.
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