Squaw Valley Ski Resort CEO Andy Wirth has just announced an expansion is in the works. After a few hurdles, the Placer County Planning Commission has given the green light. Now, the rest falls on the shoulders of the County Board of Supervisors. Once they make the final approval it’s full steam ahead.
Wirth says that the meeting was pleasantly productive, and they all agreed on one major point that his thwarted past expansion efforts: traffic. “The traffic issues is untenable and something must be done to change things,”says Wirth.
Jesse Patterson, spokesperson for The League To Save Tahoe, says that there is simply no way the region can accommodate more traffic. “It simply cannot happen. The traffic situation has been getting progressively worse over the years.” Patterson also remarked that future projects for the area must be taken into consideration when thinking about the traffic situation.
According to CBS, Wirth says a number of initiatives are already on the table. “It will be up to the voters whether or not they want to spend the money on a transit system,” said Wirth.
Patterson says as of right now, all Andy Wirth is doing is talking. “Once I see something in writing, I’ll believe it.” Patterson went on to say that he would have to see a full committment before he gets on board.
While the board of supervisors ponder the initiative, other land use plans are on the table.
Squaw Valley Holdings CEO Wirth was installed in the current position in 2010. Today, the resort is one of the most popular and visited in the U.S. Wirth previously worked at Colorado’s Steamboat Springs Resort for over 25 years.
After assuming the helm at Squaw Valley, Wirth immediately revamped the casino from top to bottom. He also made a number of administrative changes for the good of the company.
Wirth is an extremely popular fixture within the ski community. His hands-on approach goes over well with residents. He currently sits on a number of local boards including the Lake Tahoe International Airport.
Wirth lives in North Lake Tahoe with his wife and three children.