Andrew (Andy) Wirth is the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He was also recently elected Chairman and President of Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation. Mr. Wirth helped to develope airports and air service from Colorado to Quebec.
Andy Wirth works to make the Olympia, California ski area a top tourist destination. He focuses on improving the area as a contributor to community and environmental service organizations in the Lake Tahoe area.
In October 2013
Mr. Wirth came face to face with his own mortality. He is an avid skydiver. While landing in less than ideal conditions, a pole at a vineyard nearly severed his arm. If he hadn’t previously been a back country ranger, he may have bled to death. Read more: Andy Wirth – Squaw Valley CEO and Philanthropist and Interview with Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth | Tahoetopia
However, with his knowledge of trauma situations, he knew how to curb the bleeding and that keeping calm was vital. The hospital was able to save his arm and after 3 months he was released. His physical and emotional recovery was just beginning.
While recovering, Andy Wirth met a Navy Seal team training at Squaw Valley. When an Ironman race he had been pushing for in town was announced, he formed a relay team. One of his new Navy Seal friends as swimmer, one of his college friends as cyclist and himself as runner.
The three man team in named Special Warfare Warrior Support Team. They raise funds for the Navy Seal Foundation. In 2015 the team again competed in the Ironman Lake Tahoe. Training and friendship have been an integral part of recovery.
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