A legend on the enchanted Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Andy Wirth knows what it’s like to stare imminent death in the face while simultaneously destroying it. Born to German immigrant parents, his father had a very direct connection with nature as a professional conservationist in Germany as well as America. His grandfather was a seasoned naturist as well taught his son everything he knows about first aid and surviving in the wilderness.
His ingenuity allowed his company Squaw Valley Holdings and well as its sister company give the skiers of his resorts the ability to ski in the conditions they have always sought after, yet haven’t been able to find in any other ski resort. A lot of people say that there wasn’t a better and more natural fit as the CEO of Squaw Valley Holdings than Andy Wirth.
Upon his release from the hospital after his nearly fatal skydiving accident, he trained very closely with his friend in the Special Forces to help aid in his quick recovery. Intrigued with the idea of being paid to function and think quickly on his feet, he fell in love with the idea of becoming a Special Forces officer. Although it was too late to accomplish his goal, he decided to use his influence and persuade thousands of business people all over the world to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Special Forces. Andy decided a very long time ago that the most important thing that he could embrace in life is philanthropy. Besides donating significant amounts of money to national charities and organizations, he also founded the Navy SEAL Foundation. On multiple occasions, he has shown that he has the ability and spirit to help veterans with PTSD readjust to civilian life.
He has always been known as the guy with the special gift of inspiring others to put their responsibilities before themselves. In his short life, the full extent of his ability to prosper on and keep a positive attitude in the worst of adversities was completely unknown until he was put to the test, a test which he remarkably survived.
As the chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board, his dedication to helping others as well as his desire to create success for himself and his team is not only made him Squaw Valley’s very wealthy CEO, it makes him a person that is sought after as an inspiration of what can be accomplished when one follows their dreams.