For the Lake Tahoe north shore communities, the early storms and cold temperatures came as a welcome relief from the drought that threatened to see the closure of ski resorts and other businesses that were dependent on them. Times had been tough for the past few years in the region.
When it came to politics, the region faced the threat of incorporation of the Olympic Valley. The valley is home to the Squaw Valley Resort. To Andy Wirth and other resort owners, the early storms came as a blessing, as the resorts in the area opened weeks before the stipulated date, this going against the norm that had existed for about a decade.
More good news came in the form of the withdrawal of efforts by the proponents of the incorporation of Olympic Valley. Wirth, the President, and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, saw the incorporation as a threat to the business and civic climate of the region. His company had invested heavily in opposition to the incorporation efforts.
There would also have been a decline in the level of services that are crucial for the people such as snow plowing and road maintenance. He describes the incorporation as a recipe for fiscal disaster. The incorporation would lead to the isolation of Olympic Valley from the pool of resources by the north shore communities. Read more: Squaw-Alpine boss looks to turn page on ‘divisive’ fight
However, those in support of the incorporation argue that the company was serving selfish motives in opposing the move. They also pointed out that the company preferred going through the Placer County Board of Supervisors, rather than facing a town council.
The plans and vision of the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings for the region are great, with planned investments in retail and commercial developments to improve its real estate. The company also has plans that will see Squaw Valley connected to Alpine Meadow ski areas by a gondola. With the incorporation efforts out of the way, Wirth urged the community to embark on improving transportation and working on other issues as a community.
Andy Wirth is the man with the passion and dedication of serving the people and businesses in Olympic Valley. Wirth serves as the President of a successful company, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. With his continuous efforts, the area has become a top destination for tourists from all over the world looking to ski.
He supports various community and environmental causes in the Lake Tahoe region. Wirth co-founded a team by the name Wounded Warrior Support, that is involved in raising funds in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation.