The past few years have seen the north shore communities living in the Lake Tahoe region have it rough. For starters, an epic drought has had a drastic impact on the winter resorts in the area and the other businesses that are dependent on them. The challenges they face did not end at the natural front. On the political front, there has been a battle for the Olympic Valley incorporation. The valley provides a home for some of the best winter sports terrain in all North America.
However, there seems to be a big relief from both fronts. Mother Nature has come to the help in the form of early storms and cold temperatures. These have ensured that the Tahoe-area resorts open weeks in advance, breaking a trend that has existed for over a decade. On the political front, those backing the move for the incorporation of the area decided to formally withdraw their efforts.
According to Wirth, the incorporation would have had a negative effect on the area. First, the residents and businesses in the area would have ended up paying more in taxes. Secondly, the services that are crucial to the people in the area would have seen a decline. Lastly, the community would have been cut off from the resource pool that helps the north shore communities deal with their issues. Wirth described the incorporation as a recipe for financial disaster.
Andy Wirth’s company, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in opposing the efforts. The company has plans to improve its real estate in the area. They have plans to embark on residential and commercial development in the region. There are also plans to have a gondola that would connect Squaw Valley to Alpine Meadows ski areas.
However, according to those behind the efforts, the firm run by Mr. Wirth was opposing the incorporation with selfish motives. They state that the firm was afraid of being answerable to a town council, instead preferring to go through the California-based Placer County Board of Supervisors to address various land issues.
Andy Wirth is a key figure in the tourism industry. He is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which is a key player among the ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe region. Through his tireless efforts, the area is now recognized as a top tourist destination worldwide for skiing. Andy Wirth has made numerous contributions to various community service and environmental organizations.
However, his community service does not end there. Following a near-fatal sky diving accident, Wirth was involved in co-founding a team by the name Wounded Warrior Support. The group helps in raising funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation, which offers supports to Navy SEALs and their families upon their return home.