Andy Wirth’s Focusing Abilities Brings Brighter Future to Squaw Valley

CEO Andy Wirth of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has an incredible ability to focus. It is that ability that he uses throughout the day to be incredibly successful. Everyone could learn a lesson from his extraordinary ability to focus.

When you first meet Andy Wirth you may notice that he is missing his right arm. He lost that arm during a skydiving accident in October 2013 that left him literally hanging in a vineyard fearing that he would die. At that time he did not know if rescuers would be able to get to him in time, but he focused on staying alive. His grandfather had taken him into the mountains many times as a young boy to teach him survival skills. As a young man, Andy worked as a mountain firefighter. Using the skills that he learned from his grandfather and as a firefighter, he focused on keeping calm and staying alive until help could arrive.

Life has changed since that day for Andy, but his ability to focus has not changed. He now dedicates a good share of his time to participating in ironmen events. Here he not only focuses on winning the race for his age division, but also focuses on the good that these events do for those less fortunate around him. He has even brought some of events to his ski resort. Andy says these events help to take the focus off himself and puts the focus on others.

Andy is also very focused on his job. He tries to come in each day with a positive attitude about what can happen at the resort and in the surrounding area. He realized that those coming to the resort were making a very tough choice. They could choose to enjoy better skiing conditions or they could choose a better atmosphere. Andy began to focus on what would happen if people did not have to make a choice. That is when he had a cup of coffee with the man that could make that change happen. Even though Andy has faced opposition within some community circles, his focus on building a gondola connecting the two resorts has become a reality assuming that the project receives the last governmental approvals needed.

Andy Wirth’s ability to focus is leading to a grand future for the entire Squaw Valley area.

September 27, 2016

Posted In: Business, Outdoors, Squaw Valley

Andy Wirth Doesn’t Let Life-Threatening Injury Hold Him Back

Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth is one of the most successful resort administrators in the U.S. Just a few short years ago, he took over fledgling Squaw Valley and built it into a powerhouse. He initiated a multimillion dollar upgrade, made some administrative changes and added a number of perks to upgrade employee morale. He has earned a great deal of respect from his staff, visitors and members of the community.

His hands-on approach has done nothing but good for Squaw Valley. When he took over for the outgoing CEO Nancy Cushing, visitation had dropped to an all-time low. “There was no doubt that many badly needed changes were in order,” says Wirth. Not only did he do it, he did it in record time. He already had over 2 decades in the industry, having worked for Steamboat Springs Resort. That was his platform into something better.

Iron Man reported that shortly after Andy Wirth graduated from Colorado State University, Wirth started working with the Rocky Mountain Forest Service. Wirth has received many awards for excellence. He is one of the leading proponents of green initiatives in the state of Colorado.

Andy Wirth is an avid sportsman and athlete. However, his life took a turn last year when he lost an arm in a skydiving accident. “I landed in a vineyard and watch a pole rip my arm off,” says Wirth. It was a miracle that he was found so soon and airlifted to a local hospital. His arm was reattached, but the journey back has been a bumpy, arduous ride.

According to CrowdRise, Andy Wirth says he thanks his lucky stars for being given a second chance. He is also doing well enough to compete in the upcoming Ironman Triathlon. His long-term goal is to get back to his former self. People who know Wirth best say don’t bet against him. When he sets he mind to something, he usually gets it done.

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April 28, 2016

Posted In: Andy Wirth, Colorado State University, Squaw Valley