Despite Near-Death Experience, Squaw Valley Ski CEO More Active Than Ever

Iron Man reported that on October 12th, 2013, Andy Wirth’s life changed forever, Actually, his life nearly ended. The CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings went on a skydiving jaunt with some friends. Conditions that day were windy, but they still made their jump.

According to Bloomberg, Andy Wirth was heading toward some power lines and attempted to adjust his course to land in a nearby vineyard. But a crosswind pushed him into a power pole.

Andy Wirth’s right arm was torn off and he was bleeding out. He administered improvised first aid on himself until help arrived and he could be taken to a hospital, where doctors successfully reattached his arm.

Many people might think twice about continuing an active lifestyle after such an incident. Not Andy Wirth. He may not skydive any more, but he still bikes and runs trails. Even with 70 percent usage of his right arm, and is also in training for ironman competitions. Through his active lifestyle, Wirth befriended a Navy SEAL and has raised $40,000 for the Navy SEAL Foundation to help the families of dead SEALs and SEALs who have lost limbs.

Andy Wirth was born in West Germany in 1963 and has a B.S. from Colorado State University. In 2010, Wirth was named President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, one of the largest ski areas in the United States.

Andy Wirth is now the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings (get full details at, the parent company of the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts in California. Wirth has won numerous business and community service awards. His grandfather, Conrad Wirth, was National Park Service Director from 1951-1964.

Written by Becky

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