Andrew “Andy” Wirth was born in West Germany in July, 1963. He works in the hotel and mountain resort industry. He currently serves as both President and CEO of the Squaw Valley Ski Holdings which owns Squaw Valley and the Alpine Meadows ski resorts located in Olympic Valley, California. His grandfather is Conrad Wirth, the former US National Park Service Director.
Andy has worked in the hotel and mountain resort industry for over 25 years. He started his career with the Steamboat Springs Resort (a major ski area in northwestern Colorado) in 1986 where he served in many leadership and marketing positions at the Steamboat Ski & Resort and its parent companies. Wirth was appointed in 2007 as the executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Intrawest (Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc), which acquired Steamboat in that same year. Wirth left Steamboat in 2010 where he began serving as President and CEO of Squaw Valley, replacing former CEO Nancy Cushing.
Wirth has received many awards for community service and professional awards. Such awards include the Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year Award, the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award, presented by the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees, and he also made the HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International) Top 25 Minds in Travel Sales, Hospitality and Marketing list. He was also recognized in 2014 as Citizen of the Year by the Disabled Sports USA where he received the Community Five Award.
In 2013, Wirth suffered a tragedy where his right arm was almost torn off due to a skydiving accident in Lodi, California. His arm was saved and surgically reattached. The Steamboat Today (the official news source for both Routt County and Steamboat Springs Colorado) covered his accident, recovery and his association with Eddie Vedder of the rock band Pearl Jam. Wirth was the commencement speaker of the 2014 Fall graduation ceremony for the Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources.
Andy Wirth has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and also attended Edinburgh University in Scotland. Andy Wirth served as a wilderness ranger in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area and as ranger for the Rocky Mountain National Park. He also served in Northern New Mexico as a member of the Hot Shot Wild Land Fire Crew.
As a member of the Tahoe Fund “Founders Circle”, Andy Wirth is also a major contributor and supporter of community service organizations and environmental issues. He is involved with The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Community House, the Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee, The McConkey Foundation, the High Fives, the Truckee River Watershed Council and the Girls on the Run Sierra Chapter.