Powder magazine recently published an interview with Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley, in which detailed schematics and topography of a gondola being built to unite the two mountain peaks of Alpine Valley and Squaw Valley’s famous Sierra ski slopes.
The most exciting and sport changing innovation in half a century will cut a maximum time cost for sportsmen as well as increasing the slope participation as skiers can ride the gondola from one mountain to the other to double their action and double their fun. Read more: Interview with Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth | Tahoetopia
Locals and Visitors Rejoice
The planned gondola will originate at the bottom of Squaw Valley, run past the ridge between the two mountains and finish the ride at Alpine MeadowsWirth base. Wirth, the grandson of former U.S. National Parks Service Director Conrad Wirth, has nearly 3 decades of expertise acquired through his many benevolent and community contributions to the entire Lake Tahoe area and skiing industry. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://squawalpine.com/explore/blog/andy-wirth-elected-chairman-reno-tahoe-regional-air-service-corporation
Andy Wirth is aware that locals have dreamed of such a gondola transporting skiers from one mountain to the other instead of the tedious driving required. This is an improvement in relations, since innovations customarily have met with local reluctance and suspicion regarding new construction in the valleys and you can read more: Andy Wirth – Squaw Valley CEO and Philanthropist.
The Valley uniting Wirth gondola will border the Western edge of Troy Caldwell’s White Wolf land near the Granite Chief Wilderness Area and also travel through U.S. Forest Service territory. The effect of uniting the two largest and most popular mountain peaks areas in the Sierra ski industry has been a vision of the future for generations, and now Andy Wirth has evolved to the right place at the most perfect time to make it happen.
Andy Wirth’s Accidental Evolvement
CEO Anndy Wirth was enjoying his life as a businessman, sportsman and innovator, with the financial bottom line being his main inspiration, when a nearly fatal 2013 skydiving accident violently tore his arm from the socket and introduced him painfully to another side to adventure and athletic prowess. He returned to work following 23 reattachment surgeries for his right arm.
Andy Wirth has received multiple community service honors and professional awards. In 2012, the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award was awarded to Wirth by Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and in 2009 he was awarded a listing on HSMAI Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing. He remains active in American Olympic team preparations. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2014/09/andy-wirth-squaw-valley.aspx
Special Warfare, Wounded Warriors
In 2014, he was recognized as Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA and received the Community Five Award. His highest honor cherished in his philanthropy has been his active fundraising and personal relationships with the Special Warfare of the Wounded Warriors division of the Navy Seals.