Most people begin to dream about Florida or the tropics when the weather begins to get cold; they can’t help but to think about how they can get away from the freezing temperatures and go somewhere where the sun is hot and the beaches are beautiful. But, ask any ski fanatic or resident of Lake Tahoe, northern California or Colorado what their favorite season is, and they will unanimously tell you when ski season opens. It’s one healthy addiction for all ages.
Those who come to the famous Olympic Valley where Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resorts are located are always in for a “funtastic” time whether they come to ski, snowboard, toboggan or shop and relax. They are no exception, but what makes these two resorts way above the average, is the spectacular CEO and president, Andy Wirth.
Andy Wirth, a Leader and Outdoor Enthusiast
Andy Wirth is no stranger to skiing, the mountains, extreme sports or Squaw Valley. He began his career at Steamboat Springs Resort in 1986, after graduating from Colorado State University where he earned a BS in hotel and resort management. After being promoted to several different management positions in Steamboat Springs, he was promoted to chief marketing officer and executive vice president in 2007 at Intrawest, which acquired Steamboat Springs shortly after. In 2010, he left Intrawest and became CEO and President of Squaw Valley Resort where he has remained ever since.
Andy Wirth is a natural for the slopes and only after having to have his arm reattached after a skydiving accident did he refrain from participating in extreme sports. He lives and breathes the fresh, winter air and wants everyone around him to have fun also. Mr. Wirth donates much of his time to bettering the community and the environment around Squaw Valley, which in turn benefits everyone.
The Perfect Winter Wonderland
Squaw Vallet Resort is an amazing place to visit and ski the slopes because this was built to be the home of the 1964 Winter Olympics. The stadium, ski lifts, restaurants, shopping, lodges and the beautiful guest rooms was all designed for the Olympics, but now you get to enjoy it all. AndyWirth just finished an $80,000 renovation project throughout the facility, improving the lifts, renovating the rooms, and adding the first ever ski-through Starbucks. If you are planning a ski vacation, this is the place to come.