In an op-ed piece written for the Auburn Journal, Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, outlines a proposal for creating more local jobs and improving year-round visitor traffic to North Lake Tahoe while maintaining strong environmental standards.
The mountain resort industry is highly competitive throughout the country, and Andy Wirth hopes to augment his Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows resort complex with an environmentally friendly addition called The Village.
The proposal calls for an education-based interactive park, miles of new biking and hiking trails, and a mountain adventure park offering state-of-the-art athletic facilities and numerous outdoor activities, including rock climbing and zip lines.
The improvements are designed to enhance human interaction with the geographical assets of Squaw Valley while blending in with the natural environment. The project is expected to generate over 1,400 new jobs and $25 million in yearly tax revenue. Read more: Andy Wirth – About.me and Andy Wirth – President & CEO @Squaw Valley Ski Resort
Wirth’s proposal has gone through multiple revisions after hearing from a variety of citizens at more than 500 community meetings.
In fact, the original project has been cut back by 50 percent due to these collaborative efforts. Important to the community was the reduction in height or elimination altogether of several planned structures in order to maintain mountain views. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://andywirth.com/
Also, half of the proposed project area is now dedicated to open space, while over 90 percent of the remaining project area would be constructed on 82 acres of preexisting asphalt.
During his 25 years of experience in the mountain resort and hotel industry, Wirth has won numerous community service and professional awards. Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://www.auburnjournal.com/article/10/28/15/another-view-community-input-shaping-squaw-valley%E2%80%99s-future
Andy Wirth is an avid outdoorsman and distance athlete. In a 2013 skydiving accident, Wirth had his entire right arm torn off. After 23 surgeries and 50 days in hospital, he returned to work.