The year 2015 ended on a high note after protagonists in the incorporation battle over the future of Olympic Valley arrived at an amicable solution. According to a news report published in the Reno Gazette-Journal, in the last 4 years communities around the northern shores of Lake Tahoe have been feuding over a plan to incorporate the iconic Olympic Valley winter sports terrain. Olympic Valley also serves as the home of the famous Squaw Valley Resorts. One side of the divide was led by Andy Wirth, the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Resorts and the other side by incorporation backers.
The backers consistently accused Squaw Valley Ski Holdings of using self serving motives to oppose their plans for olympic valley incorporation. However, the situation was settled after incorporation backers backed down on their push. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings had earlier spent thousands of dollars opposing the backers of the incorporation efforts. The push according to Andy, posed a big threat to businesses and civic climate of the area because it would result in high taxes and deterioration of services. Some of the services that would be affected include snow plowing and road maintenance.
The decision to disallow the incorporation also suffered a big blow after the California Local Agency Formation Commission decided that such a move would not make any financial sense. Mother Nature on its part provided a much needed relief in the form of early storms.
An epic drought had taken a huge toll on the winter resorts and small businesses in the area. The resulting cold temperature hastened the opening of a number of resorts and helped Squaw Valley resort return back to normalcy.
About Andy Wirth
Andy Wirth is best known as the President and CEO of the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He has vast experience in the hotel and resort management area and is a huge proponent of a safe and progressive Olympic Valley.
Andy has worked tirelessly to make the ski area, including Lake Tahoe a leading global tourist destination. In recognition of his effort to transform the area, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows and Alpine Meadow’s Estelle Bowl announced in 2015 a huge plan to construct an interconnecting gondola.
The plan will involve the construction of a base to base Gondola which will operate in three parts. During the interview with the Powder skier magazine, Andy Wirth confirmed the plans, saying the development will go a long way to promote skiing and snowboarding in the vast area.
The plan was submitted to Placer County and the US Forest Service in the summer of 2015. Outside his work, Andy is also a staunch supporter of the Navy SEAL Foundation, an organization that supports returning Navy SEALS and their families.