Andy Wirth has been a steadfast job and commerce creator in the Reno-Tahoe region for the past couple of years thanks to his work with Squaw Valley. Now the Squaw Valley CEO is pushing ever forward, as reported by Powder Magazine, as he pushes forward with a plan to create a ski gondola to attach two of the iconic ski resorts in the North Tahoe region: Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley.
Those folks who haven’t had a chance to hit either slope will likely shrug at the news and now see it for as big of a deal as it actually is: combining the two resorts with an easy to use connection will create one of the biggest skiing spots in the country. Read more: Andy Wirth Elected Chairman of Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation
Alpine Meadows was purchased by Squaw Valle’s KSL Capital partners back in 2011 and the resorts were united, at least in name. Over the past several years CEO Andy Wirth has heard fans and customers cry out for a gondola to attach the two peaks to one another.
Though the plan was relatively vague in the beginning we have seen details get released in full through the Squaw Alpine official website. The plans, released by CEO Andy Wirth, include attaching a base to base gondola from Squaw Valley over the dividing ridge between the two mountains and then down all the way into Alpine Meadows.
Andy Wirth said that this gondola was, “something skiers and snowboarders have dreamed of for decades” and now it appears that he is going to make their dreams come true.
Though this may be a ‘dream come true’ it seems to have always been in the cards with only a few issues preventing it from an earlier completion. Troy Caldwell, the owner of the land in between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadow, had been loathe to sell for the last couple of years.
Wirth announced via his website that a deal had been made with Caldwell. Andy Wirth has been in the news frequently for his hard work and conviction in helping out the Reno-Tahoe area as well as for his own death defying accidents. Wirth was involved in a serious skydiving accident a few years back that cost him his arm.
The Squaw Valley CEO had to stay calm under pressure and work rapidly to avoid losing his life. Since then Wirth has rehabilitated and gotten back on the job, completing important deals to put Squaw Valley on the map.
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