A New Link Between Ski Resorts Is Planned By Andy Wirth


In 2011, the owners of the iconic Squaw Valley Ski Resort purchased the nearby Alpine Meadows Resort and immediately talk of a gondola link surfaced about the small area between the two Lake Tahoe favorites. Powder Magazine is now reporting Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth has come to an agreement with the owner of the ridge that separates the two resorts over beginning construction should permission be granted by all concerned. The only stumbling blocks to be overcome are gaining permissions from Placer County and the U.S. Forestry Service that owns land the gondola will cross.

Andy Wirth has been an active member of the local community since arriving at Squaw Valley in 2010 as the CEO; Wirth oversaw the purchase of Alpine Meadows and is nows the main driving force behind a planned redevelopment of Squaw Valley village. The work of Andy Wirth to improve the Squaw Valley Resort and the local area as a whole has included him acting as chairman of the development board for a local airport.

The active lifestyle enjoyed by many of those who live in or visit the Lake Tahoe region is also enjoyed by Andy Wirth. The ski resort management expert has returned to his role after suffering a life threatening injury during a skydiving expedition and appear to have an increased gusto for life. Amongst the areas of improvement Andy Wirth has identified has been the base village at Squaw Valley, which he hopes to add a natural area for outdoor activities to by returning asphalt parking lots back to their original state.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will be joined by the gondola plan in permission is granted by Placer County as a three stage construction process. The aim of the gondola scheme is to lower the amount of time spent by visitors to the resort traveling between the two locations. Currently, those who wish to visit either resort must travel by car, but the gondola will make movement easier and completed in a shorter time between the two Squaw Valley Holdings owned locations.