Outdoor Activities Enthusiast Andy Wirth Is Now Chair Of The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board

Andy Wirth is a man who has fun at his job, keeping the great white slopes of the mountains around Lake Tahoe maintained and ready for travelers to ski on. But now, according to the Sierra Sun, he also holds another job as Chair of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board.

According to WSJ and Ironman, Andy Wirth is excited about this position, as he and 3 other new members are ready to help lead the way for airlines to bring in more tourists. Wirth believes that air travel is one of the most vital areas for the local economy, and helping get more flights to the area will help grow tourist businesses.

Andy Wirth has overseen the Squaw Valley Ski Resorts for quite some time, and has invested a lot in the upkeep, lodging, and transportation to and from the resorts. He is currently having a gondola that’s in the works for transporting skiers in between the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows slopes, and Wirth is hopeful the Placer County Board will approve it soon.

Wirth hasn’t always had an easy time running his resorts, and at one time a group of locals wanted to have the locale that Squaw Valley Resorts is based in, turned into an incorporated town that would have the say over the area’s activities. Wirth, while sympathizing with the cause, fought against it as he believed it would have had a bad economic impact.

Wirth is also a philanthropist who has joined some causes that have been dear to his heart. One of them is a Crowdrise fundraiser that benefits the Navy SEALS foundation. Wirth started this page because a few years ago after he was involved in a sky diving accident, he befriended a group of Navy SEALs during his recovery period, and has helped put together iron man teams consisting of those servicemen.

He’s also been featured on Undercover Boss, a TV show where he has gone undercover as an everyday employee at Squaw Valley to find out what it’s like for his employees in everyday life.

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Everything You Need to Know About Andy Wirth and Recent Achievements

Through his entire life, Andy Wirth has worked with the mountain resort and hotel industry. He now operates as the CEO of Squawk Valley Ski and he brings into the company more than 25 years of experience. Through his effort, Andy Wirth has managed to make the ski area one of the most preferred tourist destinations across the world.  Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://www.powder.com/tag/andy-wirth/

Born in West Germany, Andy Wirth tried the industry when he was still pursuing education at the Edinburgh University, Scotland. In this period, he earned experience working as a ranger at the Rocky Mountain Parks.

He also worked at San Pedro Parks. Among his recent achievements, Andy Wirth was preferred by the Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation, which appointed him the President and Chairman.

Contribution at Stemboat/Intrawest
Having completed his college education, Andy Wirth went on a mission to search for experience and additional skills in his area of operation. He began with joining Steamboat Ski in 1986 for an internship that saw him secure a job in the same company.

Several years later, his career grew further when he was given a promotion to be the chief marketing officer of Intrawest, which had just acquired Steamboat in 2006.

His role in this position entailed the management of global and domestic marketing operations and coming up with strategies for all the resorts under the company.

He would also help in the running of the Mountain Village Partnership whose aim was to assist local businesses to grow. He remained in the company until 2010 when he made another leap that elevated his career further.

Career and contribution at Squaw Valley
Andy Wirth came in as a new dawn to Squaw Valley, which had been in the hands of the Cushing family for almost 70 years.

He took over as CEO from Nancy Cushing, who had served in the position for 16 years. When Andy Wirth joined the company, he came in with some ambitious ideas that would help to transform Squaw Valley.

His first project included making upgrades totaling $70 million. This budget went to refurbishing the culinary areas, overall appearance of the resort and lodging facilities among other areas that would transform the resort to match the competition in the industry.

Owing to these changes, Squaw Valley Ski, for the first time, appeared among the top 20 percent resorts in the region. The company has also expanded through acquisitions and mergers due to the good management it is enjoying.