Entrepeur Andy Wirth Lives Life on the Edge, Successfully Leading Squaw Valley Holdings

Andy Wirth is a philanthropist and a successful businessman as CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resorts in Lake Tahoe. He has been in the resort business on the slopes of Colorado and Lake Tahoe for over 25 years; he is an avid skier and outdoorsman and is always available to assist in the community. Read more: Interview with Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth | Tahoetopia

Andy Wirth was born in Germany and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in hotel and resort management. During college, he worked as a Park Ranger. After college, he began his career at Steamboat Ski Resort in west Colorado. Mr. Wirth began as Marketing Manager and, over the next 20 years, he worked in every department until he was promoted to CMO. Several years later, Infra West bought Steamboat Resort, and he became CEO of the entire business.

In 2010, Andy accepted the position of president and CEO of Squaw Valley Holdings, which now includes Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Squaw Valley is the 1964 Olympic Village, and, Andy spent six million dollars restoring the stadium and the ski lifts. Today, it is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in the world.

Mr. Wirth has received many community and professional awards throughout his career. The Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award, Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year and being recognized as one of the Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales. Andy has always been active in the community, and he always keeps a positive attitude about the task ahead.  Read more: Just Breathe: Andy Wirth on the Upswing in Tahoe

Andy Wirth has not always had everything come easy though. In 2013, he was in a tragic sky-diving accident. Mr. Wirth spent months in the hospital, but he was determined to turn this tragic accident around. After five months, he was introduced to Navy Seals who were training in Squaw Valley. He trained with them and then founded the Iron Man Competition in Reno donating the profits to the Seals.

In 2014, he was awarded Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA, and he was the commencement speaker for the Colorado State University of Natural Resources. Andy has never lost momentum; he is always moving forwards.

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