Squaw and Alpine CEO Andy Wirth Joins Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board
Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows is appointed to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board as ski resorts continue to invest in the destination resort experience
[Olympic Valley, Calif.] July 17, 2013 – The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority recently announced the addition of three new board members and a new chairman to coincide with the new fiscal year starting this month. Among the new board members is Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows who was appointed to represent the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.
Wirth has extensive experience in international resort management and has worked with various airlines to develop more flights for resorts in Utah, Colorado and Canada. He is looking forward to serving as a liaison between Lake Tahoe and the Reno-Sparks region while representing an airport that is the Gateway to the Sierra.
“I am truly honored to accept this appointment on behalf of the RSCVA,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “Having worked extensively with airport operations and with major air service programs and carriers, I believe that the Reno-Tahoe Airport maintains exceptional operational characteristics, has a terrific, recently enhanced terminal, and is located conveniently, 47 minutes from the door of the terminal to the very base of our mountain.”
Wirth’s appointment comes during a time of unprecedented investment among the Lake Tahoe ski resorts as the region seeks to attract more destination visitors. Last winter, the Lake Tahoe resorts invested more than $100 million in ongoing capital improvements designed to enhance the guest experience. Bucking the industry trend of reduced capital spending in recent years, Lake Tahoe resorts have invested in new chairlifts, mid-mountain lodges, base area renovations and additional guest amenities.
“I will be working very diligently to help bring in more nonstop flights from key markets, an effort which supports the goals of our company and which, more importantly, benefits all of the citizens and businesses in the region,” continued Wirth.
The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority also announced that Adam Mayberry, of Sparks, was named chairman of the nine member board and Nat Carasali and Bob Larkin were sworn in as new members. In addition to the new Trustees, the Board also named officers for the fiscal year:
Board Chairman: Adam Mayberry
Vice Chairman: Nat Carasali
Secretary: Rick Murdock
Treasurer: Dr. Kosta Arger
Other Trustees include Jerry Hall, Steve Katzmann and Bill Eck.
Trustees are appointed to the board by the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Reno-Tahoe International is ranked as the second most efficient airport in North America and does not operate on local tax dollars.
About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is a year-round mountain destination offering world-class adventures in every season. Squaw is renowned for its legendary skiing and riding that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 30 chairlifts including a unique mountaintop beginner area and unrivaled expert steeps, chutes and bowls. In summer, the resort welcomes a full line-up of live music and festivals and Squaw’s Aerial Tram offers a scenic ride up to a host of mountaintop activities. For the ultimate slopeside lodging experience, guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s one, two or three bedroom suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony.
About Alpine Meadows
Alpine Meadows’ seven powder bowls, summit-to-base groomed slopes, and authentic hospitality are among the many attributes that have made the resort a favorite of the local community and visitors alike. Alpine Meadows offers skiers and riders access to more than 100 trails across 2,400 skiable acres serviced by 13 lifts. With its high annual snowfall, the resort boasts one of Tahoe’s longest skiing and boarding seasons.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on one lift ticket or season pass. For more information about Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows, visit www.squaw.com or www.skialpine.com or call 1.800.403.0206.
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