Andrew “Andy” Wirth is not only an avid partaker in both philanthropy and community service, but also the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He’s been at it in the mountain resort and lodging industry for over 25 years. And, as the grandson of former US National Park Service director Conrad Wirth, you could say the field and the likes of it run through his veins.
Wirth was born on July 25th, 1963 in the army base town of Nuebrucke, West Germany. His career path really shifted into gear when he decided to begin schooling at Colorado State University. From there, he would further his industry studies at Scotland’s iconic Edinburgh University.
While receiving his education, Andy Wirth acquired valuable experience serving as a ranger for Rocky Mountain National Parks as well as San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area. Post college and post forest ranger duties, he took on an internship and eventually began working at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation in 2006.
During his time, he took on a variety of marketing and management roles, and was eventually promoted to the status of Mountain Village Partnership’s president. He stayed with this company until 2010.
It was this year that the role of CEO at Squaw Valley ski resort was passed from former director Nancy Cushing to Andy Wirth himself. Almost immediately into his administration, Andy Wirth put into place a a $70 million upgrade to the resort, ultimately enhancing the winter sport haven, and elevating it to the same standards as competing skiing areas.
After just one year, the efforts paid off, and the resort was placed in the top 20 percent of the skiing industry. In addition, under Wirth’s watch the company came to be merged with Alpine Meadows Ski resort, thus allowing guests to purchase a single ticket with admittance to both properties.
The extensively accommodating hideaway offers everything from spas and yoga, to aerial tram rides, camps for the kids, and at nature’s providing, the stunning mountaintop view to take it all in from.
While synchronously juggling his CEO oversights of not one, but now two resorts, Wirth has somehow managed to maintain time for something crucial, supportive, and community-bettering: service and philanthropy.
With a nod to his park ranger roots, Andy Wirth is a major contributor to local environmental organizations, as well as community service organizations in the Tahoe area.
He was the Fall 2014 commencement speaker for Colorado State University’s College of Natural Resources graduation ceremony, and most recently, in January of 2016, was named Chairman and President of the Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation.
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