Squaw Valley Resort CEO Andy Wirth was recently appointed as President of the Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation (RTRASC), according to a press release. Andy Wirth has been a part of the resort industry for over 25 years, having served as an executive with Steamboat Springs Resort. Wirth is seen as an important mover and shaker in the ski industry. He took over Squaw Valley in 2010 and turned it into one of the most successful ski resorts in the U.S.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to run one of the most thriving airports in the world,” said Wirth. “I am truly humbled that my colleagues would award me with such an honor.”
As chairman, Wirth will be responsible for negotiating new air flights to and from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. More air flights will drum more business to the downtown area. Wirth is currently working on many expansions to Alaska, Colorado and Colorado. “This will do wonders for the tourism industry,” said Wirth. After the last few years of drought, we are looking at many angles to recoup what we loss.”
Wirth, a graduate of Colorado State University, developed his love for the outdoors while working at the parks service. He soon found his footing while working at Steamboat Springs Resort.
An avid outdoorsman, Wirth participated in a number of activities that would make even the most daring man faint of heart. His affinity for skydiving almost cost him his life. Three years ago, he had a hard landing in a vineyard that ripped his arm off. Today, after several surgeries and physical therapy, he has regained 80% mobility of his arm.
Wirth says the ordeal taught him not to take life for granted. “Every minute counts. You can be here today and gone tomorrow in a blink of the eye.”