The skiers that come back season after seasoning know that Squaw Valley has one of the longest snowboard and ski seasons in the United States. Beginners like Squaw Valley because the forgiving learning zones are set in the incredible alpine scenery where the trails, chutes, and bowls never disappoint them. The veterans keep coming back to this iconic Sierra Mountain Resort because the view of Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear water is energizing, and the impeccable service offered by the staff of Squaw Valley never disappoints. CEO Andy Wirth knows how to manage a ski resort, and year after year he surprises his guests with a picturesque playground for families and the low-key thrill seekers that like to ski under the radar, so to speak.
Squaw Valley is not just Squaw Valley anymore. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows merged, and the merger has produced more than 6,000 acres of ski heaven. Alpine Meadows gives beginners as well as pros the challenges they need to feel the rush of accomplishment. And Wirth also thinks the hospitality in the Chalet-Style lodges are worth the adventure even for non-skiers.
Andy Wirth is a skier’s, skier. He was born in Germany where skiing is a priority. Wirth decided to continue his education at Colorado State. He worked for the National Park Service as a backcountry park ranger while he was in school. Wirth was hired by Steamboat Springs Ski Resort after graduation, and he spent the next 20 years there.
Mr. Wirth is a prominent citizen in the Lake Tahoe-Reno area. Andy is very active in several local organizations, and he was recently named the Chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. He is also an avid runner and an ironman competitor. Wirth recently announced a major renovation project for the Squaw Valley and the Lake Tahoe community. The project will bring visitors of all ages to the Squaw Valley area 12 months a year.