Andy Wirth’s long-term goal for Squaw Valley is to make it one of the most popular resort destinations in the world for skiing enthusiasts. One of the steps that he thinks the resort needs to take is the planned expansion that they are proposing.
The company has had to go through a series of meetings with some opposition in order to keep their plan moving. One of the main reasons that the expansion is being opposed is the fear that it will greatly exacerbate the already existing traffic congestion problem that exists around Lake Tahoe.
The most recent meeting with the Placer County Planning Commission went very well for the resort. After considering the company’s plans, they decided to give a thumbs up to the project to move it to the next phase of approval.
This next phase is a meeting with the Placer Country Board of Executives. This should be the final approval that Squaw Valley Holdings needs in order to move ahead with the expansion plans.
The main group that is opposing the expansion is the League to Save Lake Tahoe. The league says that traffic is already an issue in the area. Wirth agrees, he doesn’t like the traffic as it is but doesn’t think that the expansion of his resort will add to that problem. He says that problem of traffic around Lake Tahoe will exist whether he expands or not. Read more: Special Warfare Warrior | Andy Wirth’s Fundraiser
According to Powder, Andy Wirth has gone as far to make some proposals that could help appease those that oppose his company’s plan. He says that the resort company will do everything they can to help ease the traffic flow around their resort. They will also work with the county to develop a more effective mass transit system for the residents of the area and tourists.
Representatives from the League to Save Lake Tahoe say that they would like to see this plan in writing and are concerned that this expansion could affect further expansion by other entities in the area.
Andy Wirth can back his claim that he cares about the local environment. He has worked in philanthropic roles in the community dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the area as much as anyone else that lives there. He knows how important it is to the success of his ski resort as well.
He has been the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort since he took the job in 2010. He has over 25 years in the ski resort industry. Most of them were spent working in Steamboat Springs, CO. He is the first CEO of the Squaw Valley Resort in 70 years to not be a member of the Cushing family.