Andy Wirth is many things to many people. He has more than twenty-five years in mountain resort management, and has been the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Holdings, LLC since 2010. This is the parent company of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, California. Before joining the ski resort business, he was a backcountry Ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park and a Hotshots wildland firefighter in Northern New Mexico.
According to Powder, Andy Wirth is a member of many Boards of Directors around Lake Tahoe and in the Reno-Tahoe area. Some of these include:
• Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
• The Tahoe Fund
• Friends of Squaw Creek
• Chairman and President of Lake Tahoe Winter Olympic Committee’s Board of Directors
Since 2013, Andy Wirth has been an appointed member of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Bureau. Andy also serves on the Reno-Tahoe Airport Board of Trustees, and was recently elected Chairman of Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation. Read more: Andy Wirth – About.me
In his spare time, Andy Wirth has received many community service and professional awards. He received Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year Award in 2002, and in 2009 was on HSMAI’s list of Top Twenty-five Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing. Andy also received the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award from Reno-Tahoe’s Airport Authority in 2012 and was presented the Citizen of the Year Award by Disabled Sports USA in 2014 when he also received the Community Five Award.
This award is a from a non-profit organization based out of Truckee, California and presented to athletes living with life-altering injuries to look at his energy and non-stop work ethic, no one would suspect that Andy Wirth came near death in a skydiving accident. His right arm was severed while skydiving in Lodi, California in the fall of 2013.
The arm was surgically reattached during the fifty days he spent in the hospital before returning to work at Squaw Valley. Upon his return, Andy co-founded an Ironman team titled “Wounded Warrior Support. The team enters Ironman competitions, raising money for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Andy’s Ironman team helps support special operations soldiers and families when they return home from their life-threatening missions. In addition to his fund-raising for the Navy SEAL Foundation, Andy is actively involved with community and environmental service organizations in the Lake Tahoe area.