Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth Says He’s Fortunate

CEO and Chairman of Squaw Valley Resort Holdings Andy Wirth considers himself a lucky man. The avid sportsman and businessman almost lost everything just a few short years ago.

While skydiving with some friends back in 2013, the winds blew him a great distance from his mark and he ended up landing in a vineyard full of sharp poles. The end result was his arm was got stuck on one of the poles after a hard landing and ripped off.

According to KCWR, Andy Wirth was able to stop the blood loss by putting pressure on the wound. He was taken to the local hospital where surgeons re-attached his arm.

The road to recovery was a long and arduous process. He had to go through hundreds of hours of physical and occupational therapy. While going through his recovery, Wirth befriended a group of Navy Seals. It was through this friendship that he started a fund to support wounded seals and their loved ones.

Today, Andy Wirth’s arm has regained about 70 percent of its function. He currently participates in Ironman competitions and marathons. Wirth says he no longer does skydiving because of the risks. “My family is extremely afraid for me after the accident,” said Wirth.

Andy Wirth says he feels extremely lucky and blessed. “Things could have turned out much differently.”

Wirth has also resumed his role in the capacity of CEO. He took over as CEO of Squaw Valley Resort Holdings in 2010. The resort was on his last leg before Wirth turned it around and made it into one of the top ski resorts in the U.S.

The property underwent a complete overhaul. The facilities and staff are now top notch. “We have the best food, activities and service in the industry,” said Wirth

A graduate of Colorado State University, Wirth previously worked as a park ranger and has over 25 years experience at Steamboat Springs Resort.