Squaw Valley is one of the most historic and respected ski resorts in the U.S. and is largely credited with bringing European style resort living to the U.S. In recent years, Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth has been looking to expand the resort to attract more visitors to the Lake Tahoe area. Powder Magazine reports an agreement has been reached between Andy Wirth and local landowner Troy Caldwell to allow a gondola to be constructed between the two most iconic ski resorts in the area of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
Andy Wirth has been looking for ways of attracting new visitors to the area since he arrived at the legendary resort in 2010. Soon after his arrival Squaw Valley Holdings purchased the nearby resort of Alpine Meadows and prompted Wirth to push for closer ties between the two resorts. The development of the area was stalled in October 2013 when Wirth was seriously injured in a skydiving accident that threatened his life; since recovering from his many injuries Andy Wirth has become an even more active member of the Lake Tahoe business and leisure communities.
Showing the determination that led him to the top of the leisure resort management industry Andy Wirth has returned to almost full fitness and now completes triathlons in aid of injured Navy Seals. The long career he has developed as a resort manager in North America and the Caribbean has allowed Wirth to take on many roles within the Lake Tahoe business community in a bid to create a thriving and stable economy.
The gondola plan will soon be submitted to the U.S. National Parks Service and the local Placer County government. In its current form the two resorts operated under the control of Andy Wirth are a short drive from each other, but the construction of a gondola would allow skiers and snowboarders to come and go as they please as they enjoy the Winter and Summer activities in the area.The Squaw Valley Holdings Website is calling for local support to push through the plans in a bid to add jobs and funds to the economy of the region.