The Placer County Planning Commission has just given Squaw Valley Resort the green light to proceed with their expansion plans. Although this was a big moment for Squaw Valley’s team, they cannot proceed with their expansion projects until they get approval from the County Board of Supervisors in the fall.
Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth said that the most important takeaway from the meeting was a frank discussion about traffic issues in the Tahoe region. The increased traffic has been the major concern for many expansion proposals in the greater Tahoe area in recent years.
Andy Wirth hopes to solve the traffic woes with innovative plans for an advanced mass transit system. While he does not have a specific plan yet, Wirth hopes to have a cost-effective transportation strategy for north Tahoe on paper either this or next autumn.
According to CBS, Andy Wirth has been the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Corporation since 2010. In addition to his CEO role, Wirth serves on the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority board. He has always had an enthusiasm for mountaineering and the great outdoors. His first official job after college was working for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation in 1986, a company he continued to work with till 2010. He also worked as a ranger in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area. Read more: Andy Wirth | Powder Magazine
Many people have probably heard about Wirth due to his skydiving accident in Lodi, CA. After jumping out of a plane in 2013, Wirth realized that the plane flew too far from the sanctioned drop zone. When a crosswind blew him to the right, he grabbed a pole on his right.
Unfortunately, this pole ripped his right arm off. As he fell further down, Wirth’s canopy got caught in wires and branches. Wirth knew he had to stave off the bleeding, so he stuck his left fist into his right armpit. Luckily, another skydiver found him within a few minutes, and Wirth was able to instruct her on how to help him. A helicopter eventually picked him up, and Wirth made a full recovery after over 20 surgeries in a hospital.
Andy Wirth is nothing if not determined both in his personal life and in his professional work. His greatest concern right now is figuring out a way to reduce the traffic in the Tahoe area. He hopes that his upcoming plan will help visitors have an exceptional experience visiting the world-class ski resorts around the Lake Tahoe area.