According to the interview with Andy Wirth, the base-to-base gondola will operate in three parts. The gondola is to start at the bottom of Squaw Valley Resort, work its way over the mountain separating the resorts, then down to the bottom of Alpine Valley. Rumors had been circulating in the Tahoe area about the gondola plans, but now they are official. Wirth has confirmed that Troy Caldwell is on board for the project, which has been the last piece to make it a reality. Troy Caldwell is the owner of the land that separates the two resorts. The two parties reached an agreement to allow the gondola to be built.
Andy Wirth became CEO and President of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings in 2010, replacing Nancy Cushing. Wirth gained his professional experience while working for a resort in Colorado. He spent over two decades working for Steamboat Springs Resort, starting in the marketing department and ending his career with them as the chief marketing officer. Since taking over for Squaw Valley in 2010, the resort has flourished under Wirth’s leadership. In addition to building the gondola, Wirth is heavily involved in the community of Olympic Valley and is interested in bringing more jobs and clean energy to the area.
In 2013, Wirth suffered from a near-fatal accident. While skydiving in Lodi, California, Wirth missed his landing zone after the winds shifted. Instead of landing in the safety zone, he touched down into a vineyard where his arm was pierced by a fence post. Nearly 50 surgeries later, Wirth managed to retain the use of his arm.