Andrew Wirth, best known as Andy, is the president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, a parent company to Squaw Valley and Alpine ski resort. Andy has been an employee to the ski resorts that are situated in Lake Tahoe, Olympic Valley in California. Andy fell in love with ski diving while working in the luxurious California ski resorts but it almost cost him his life in 2013.
He came face to face in a fist fight with death when he was involved in a tragic skydiving accident. From the rule of gravity that anything that has weight and goes up must descend, Andy was descending after diving but unluckily he landed in a vineyard which had sharp upright wires, posts and vines and landed directly at an upright post that took his arm off causing immense damage on his body. The life threatening ordeal almost cost Andy his life as one of his arms was severely injured and suffered extensive loss of blood. Ever since, he started a journey that he will never forget, the reconstruction and re-attaching of the arm. His family, occupational therapists, friends and skilled surgeons have supported and helped Andy undergo therapy and recover to achieve full functionality of the attached arm. Andy undergoes Tronman triathlon training as a recovery training technique and his body is responding well.
Andy has made a few friends from Navy Seal team, people who he comes across over the time while training band together with another professional cyclist formed a group named Special Warfare Warrior that is aimed at generating financial and emotional support to Navy Seals and Navy Seal Foundation. The group’s objective is to offer immediate support to Naval Special Warfare Community members as well as their families. The idea was as a result of having firsthand experience of the challenges that the extraordinary Navy Seal and their families undergo while on duty and adaption to new lives when a family member is away on duty.
Recently, Andy was hired as the chairperson of board of directors of Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board alongside three other new board members. He chairs a team of nine members that is meant to bring development into the airport and uplift into it a higher standard. Andy had been appointed into the board in 2013 because of his vast experience in resort and airline management. The experience is evident as has collaborated with international airlines to make direct international flights to resorts in Canada, Utah and Colorado.