Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows were like tender-hearted suitors, each compatible in every way and just waiting to be hitched. And surprisingly they had a million-dollar matchmaker, his name is Andy Wirth.
Andy had been watching both seasonal resorts mature for over twenty-five years; he knows their personalities, and he knows their temperaments as it relates to skiing, weather conditions, and adaptability to skiers.
As original chaperone to the two monster mountain resorts, Andy Wirth has credentials as a middleman; he was born in the mod sixties, in a family legacy of park service. He is the descendant of others who also worked in recreational vacation destination management positions. Moreover, his father’s father was known as an authority on leisure and recreational services. So Andy is indeed smack in the middle.
Known as the papa company of both resorts (Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows) Squaw Valley Ski Holdings is the strong force driving the northern Nevada ski industry. And of course, Andy Wirth is sitting in the driver’s seat.
So, you can say Andy Wirth considers the two resort giants as family. Andy Wirth has many awards and honors; he is the Chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees, and newly appointed Chairman and President of the Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation (RASC). Thus, Andy the mediator crafted a way to put the two winter resorts together, and consequently they harmonized perfectly, and became soulmates.
The mountain resort union was a celebrated event, and allows skiers and riders equal access to both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows’ vast resources of over six thousand acres. It is said that the skiing capacity will someday reach one million a year, at present it is 600,000.
Commenting on the winter-wonderland wedding of the two most sort after ski destinations in the Nevada area as one single unit, Andy Wirth boasted, that to experience the two incredible mountains, each with their own distinctive spirit and attitudes, utilizing one pass is deeply felt by the visitor.
According to Ironman, Andy Wirth adds that the two resorts will be connected by convenient transportation.