Squaw Valley Gondola Plan Unveiled By CEO Andy Wirth


Powder Magazine has recently reported a long rumored gondola designed to link Squaw Valley Ski Resort and the nearby Alpine Meadows Resort could be about to come to fruition. Rumors of the gondola link have been circulating since the purchase of Alpine Meadows by Squaw Valley Holding in 2011, but an agreement with a local landowner has proved out of reach, until now. Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth revealed he has reached an agreement with landowner Troy Caldwell to build a three stage gondola system, subject to the approval of government officials.

Andy Wirth arrived at Squaw Valley in 2010 with a proven track record of bringing success to the leisure resorts he worked at during his career in the Caribbean and North America. Wirth takes a large scale approach to bringing success to the resorts he manages, which includes his work with the local community to improve the entire area he works within. A good example of Andy Wirth’s impressive work is the work he has completed to improve air travel to the Lake Tahoe region, which replicates his work with airports close to the resorts he has managed during his career.

The construction of the planned gondola scheme will hopefully come at a time when Wirth is closing one of the most difficult chapters in his life. In 2013, with the revival of the Squaw Valley Resort in full swing Andy Wirth suffered a serious injury when a freak gust of wind blew him off course during a skydiving jump. Now recovered from his injuries Wirth is seeking to push on with the plans he has for Squaw Valley, including the development of the base village into a modern leisure area.

Andy Wirth is now seeking to form a physical link between the Squaw Valley Resort and Alpine Meadows. The two resorts sit on different mountains and are a short drive from each other, which Wirth and others believe acts as a barrier between visitors traveling between the two resorts.