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Andy Wirth Leads Battle To Fight The Olympic Valley Incorporation

March 24, 2016 - Author: steph

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, a big battle between Squaw Valley Ski Holdings LLC and the residents of the Olympic Valley area reached a head recently, as the residents who have been pushing for the incorporation of the Olympic Valley, have now withdrawn their petition. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings owns resorts in that area and the Placer County Board of Supervisors, a governing body from the Sacramento area, oversees the land’s activities and some locals wished to have it become local. The effort to incorporate the Olympic Valley got struck down by the Local Agency Formation Commission who said it wasn’t sustainable for the locals to hold.

Wirth is also breathing a sigh of relief to what he saw as a fiscally irresponsible move by those leading the incorporation effort, and has stated it would’ve lead to higher taxes and higher costs of living and local services. But thanks to both the incorporation battle ending as well as good ski weather coming in, the company resorts have been able to open. This after the last few years of the ongoing battle.

Andy Wirth, as seen on his page has been the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings LLC now since 2010. He’s been a longtime lover of skiing and testing the slopes and had a near fatal accident while sky diving at one time. It was his recuperation that eventually inspired him to start a foundation helping Navy SEAL individuals who were also going through difficult recuperation, called Wounded Warrior Project. The Foundation has so far raised over $14,000 in support according to Crowdrise, and many have expressed their gratitude to Wirth for starting the foundation.

Through the work Wirth has done, the Olympic Valley’s ski resorts have become one of the top rated skiing places in the world. He has also done work with local environmental and social causes to help make the Lake Tahoe area a better place to live. The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees has even awarded him the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award according to his Wikipedia page.

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March 11, 2016 - Author: steph

Andy, a short form name for Andrew, has been the chief executive officer of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings since the year 2010. He and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings had to spend thousands of dollars to oppose a political plan by a group of incorporation backers. The backers had a hidden agenda behind incorporating Olympic Valley and northern winter iconic resorts. They too spent thousands of dollars trying to make the plea of the California Commission, but the commission did not see the plan as viable. Hence, they had to withdraw their plea. The backers were an addition to the difficult time that residents of Lake Tahoe offshore had been undergoing through due to the unfavorable weather conditions.

Reno Gazette-Journal posted an article concerning this divisive situation. According to Andy Wirth, the aftermath of this divisive fight would have been a fiscal tragedy to residents of Olympic Valley. Fortunately, the weather conditions are now favorable because winter came early boosting their ski businesses and resorts too. The residents are experiencing healing after the tragedies are now over, and Wirth thinks that this community can only work together if they have the love for the community at hand, not their interests. This is because the backers had not considered that incorporating Olympic Valley means creating room for negligence in the development of the transport network in the area and plowing of snow to improve the condition of the ski areas.

Squaw Valley Ski Holdings owns a couple of resorts under its management in Olympic Valley which Andy manages. He has had more than 15 years’ experience in running ski resorts and mountain resorts. Wirth has a reputation also from his grandfather who was named Wirth and was behind the coming up of policy to protect the wildlife animals.

Currently, he was challenged with a question that is the current development project in Olympic Valley would affect the wildlife. Andy in response said that the gondola is passing through a privately owned land but where it’s touching the wildlife area will not have an effect on the animals. Andy works tirelessly to develop Olympic Valley and as a union to the people, he with time will invite the residents of Olympic Valley to construct the gondola with him. He has a connection with the life of Olympic Valley, and he strongly interacted with Navy Seals who became his great friends.

Apart from working as the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings CEO, Wirth also works as the chairperson of the Lake Tahoe-Reno Airport Authority Board. He is trusted in the board, and he appointed two new officials to work in the company so that they can bring new ideas to the company. His association with the board is a good gesture for tourists looking forward to skiing in Olympic Valley.

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Withdrawal of the Olympic Valley Incorporation to the Glee of Andy Wirth

February 1, 2016 - Author: steph

The epic drought has made life difficult for the communities in Lake Tahoe. Additionally, the small enterprises and the winter resort have also suffered due to the drought. In addition to the natural calamity, political difficulties have also emerged. The incorporation battle over Olympic Valley has caused more tension for Squaw Valley resort and the winter sports.
Squaw Valley Ski Holdings LLC has received help from Mother Nature through the early storms and the cold climate. The help saw Squaw and other neighboring resorts open earlier than was intended. The new developments have been a relief to Andy Wirth, the chief executive officer of Squaw Valley Ski. The incorporation backers have also eased off and officially withdrawn their incorporation bid. This information was published through the Reno-Gazette Journal.
Prior to the withdrawal, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings had spent a huge amount of time and resources in opposing the move. The move would have led to decrease in services and increase in taxes for business owners and residents. Andy added that the incorporation would have resulted in the isolation of Olympic Valley from the pool of resources that is shared by the north shore communities.
The incorporation supporters accused the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings of having selfish agendas. The incorporation had proposed plans of building a gondola that connects Alpine Meadows and the Squaw Valley area. In the proposal, there were plans for developing the commercial and residential real estate.
The backers claimed that the Squaw Valley Holdings were afraid of being answerable to the town Council and chose to go direct to the Placer County Board of Supervisors for land use issues. Despite the claims made by the incorporation organizer Fred Ilfield, The Local Agency Formation Commission of California decided that the town was not financially viable for the project.
Andy Wirth is an alumnus of Colorado State University and Edinburgh University. He holds the position of president and Chief executive officer of the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Through Andy’s effort, the ski area has become the top tourist destination globally. Mr. Wirth has also involved himself in community service and environmental projects around the Lake Tahoe area.
Andy suffered a sky diving accident that saw his arm torn off from its sockets. Andy co founded the Wounded Warrior Support. The Iron man team was formed in honor of the Navy Seals and the team contributes funds to the Navy Seal Foundation. Andy is the chairman of the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority.

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