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Squaw Valley Ski with Andrew Wirth as CEO


The Squaw Valley Ski Resort is in the Olympic Valley, Lake Tahoe area in California. It was the host site of the entire 1960 Winter Olympics. Since then, it has maintained its vibrant ski culture and mountain energy. With consistent snowfall that sticks around well into the spring, Squaw Valley is one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in the country. Squaw Valley was once a mining boom town and was the biggest mining operation in the Lake Tahoe region.

With Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joining forces, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership, skiers and riders can access about 6,200 acres. It now has 270 trails, 43 lifts and a total skiing area of 4,000 acres. It attracts up to about 600,000 snow divers annually. 

If you are planning a trip to this ski resort, you can stay off the mountain; families can relax in the heart of the Lake Tahoe action in the Village at Squaw Valley Lodging. There’s plenty of high altitude adventures, walk and explore the village at Squaw Valley to discover the endless shopping & dining options.

Andrew Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He has been in the resort business for a little over 24 years. Wirth was responsible for overseeing a $70 million upgrade to the resort, which enormously helped to par with competing skiing areas. Wirth was also able to make a major change to merge with Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, Wirth also became the CEO of that resort as well, and it provided the convenience of purchasing one single ticket for admittance to both. His long-term goal is to continually build and improve the reputation of Squaw Valley to make it more popular than ever. He is a major contributor to environmental and community service organizations in the Lake Tahoe area.

Recently it was announced in the Los Angeles Times that they would introduce a gondola that would run about two miles between the bases of the two resorts, allowing skiers to zip between them without using ground transportation. Wirth said the gondola will be built on private property near the wilderness area, far enough away that hikers in the wilderness won’t even be able to see the gondola, although Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has yet to submit a construction plan. 

Wirth received the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award and last year he was recognized by Disabled Sports USA as the Citizen of the Year.