Andrew Wirth, born 25 July 1963, has served in the mountain resort & hotel industry for 25 years. This Bachelor of Science graduate from Colorado State-University is presently the President and C.E.O of Squaw Valley Ski-holdings which is the parent company of both the Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows ski resorts located in Olympic Valley, CA.
Andy Wirth started his career in Steamboat Springs-Resort in 1986. He served various leadership positions at the resort as well as its parent companies. In 2007, he was appointed the executive vice president and the chief marketing officer of Intrawest, the company that acquired Steamboat in 2007. However, , in August 2010, Wirth decided to resign from Steamboat in order to dedicate his time as the President of Squaw Valley ski resort, replacing the previous C.E.O Nancy Cushing, who left this position after 16 years.
Squaw Valley, which was previously led by the Crushing family, encountered a $70 million boost under the stewardship of Wirth. There were many systems that were overhauled, such as the design, infrastructure, base area facilities, culinary, lodging, and other common areas. All of these renovations were financed by K.S.L Capital Partners who bought this company in November 2010. It was done to improve the customers’ experiences and satisfaction.
Wirth had successfully brought Squaw Valley to the top 20% from the bottom 20% ski resorts in a year. In September 2011, he effectively merged Squaw Valley with Alpine Meadows Ski-Resort to provide a combined ticket pass to customers. He then became the CEO and President for both hotels.
However, in the heyday of his career, he had an accident which injured his right arm badly. It happened when he was skydiving in October 2013. This misadventure almost took his life as he lost a lot of blood. With extensive medical treatment and family support for three months, his condition recovered.
In January of 2016, Andy Wirth was elected the Chairman & President of Reno Tahoe Regional Air-Service Corporation (RASC). He is determined to develop the air service in Reno-Sparks and all of Lake Tahoe areas by promoting it, adding more prospective flights, and providing more tourism facilities. He aims to make the air service one of the main elements in economical development. His most recently key roles and achievements are setting up the air service at the Reno-Tahoe International-Airport with Jet-Blue service from J.F.K Airport, and also, publishing the Alaska Airlines service from John-Wayne Airport and other locations.
During his career, he has been awarded the Chairman’s Outstanding-Service Award from the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board-of-Trustees, Steamboat-Springs Business Leader of the Year Award and also made it to the H.S.M.A.I Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing list.