Andy Wirth is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Wirth has over 20 years of experience working in the mountain resort and hotel industry. Wirth worked for Steamboat Springs Resort and was also the Chief Executive Officer for Intrawest before moving on to Squaw Valley Ski Holdings.

Since being named CEO, Wirth has upgraded the company. According to TahoeTopia, some of the improvements that Andy Wirth has made include infrastructure and mountain design, base area facilities, and lodging areas. KSL Capital Partners founded these upgrades, which Wirth said improved the experience of the customers.

Andy Wirth was seriously injured in a skydiving accident a few years ago. While Wirth was jumping in a drop zone in California, the pilot did not have a good flight line, which caused Wirth to enter a headwind. Wirth tried to land in a vineyard rather than going over the power lines.

WSJ reports that as Andy Wirth went to land, a crosswind caused him to connect with a pole. The pole tore off Wirth’s arm and stripped all of the tissue from Wirth’s shoulder to his forearm. Wirth lost a substantial amount of blood.

Wirth now does biking and trail running. Wirth has contributed to the Navy SEAL Foundation, raising money to support the families of SEAL operators who have lost limbs or unfortunately lost their lives. Wirth has also competed in some Ironman competitions. Wirth wants to also get back into swimming. This is all a part of Wirth regaining his fitness.

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  • Marcia Hammond

    Wirth needed 12 units of blood, and had his arm surgically reattached. Wirth needed 24 operations, over 50 hours of surgery and ultimately spent 3 months in the hospital. There are sometimes things that essayheaven would have loved to consider for a long time.

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