Andy Wirth Recount How he Survived Death after an Accident during Skydiving


The President and CEO of Squaw Valley, Mr. Andy Wirth is skilled and experienced skydiver, an activity he partakes during his free time. He gave a detailed description of his skydiving accident that occurred on October 13. He escaped death by whisker after a landing roughly in a vineyard situated outside Lodi Calif. He noted that considering the nature and terrain of the site he was lucky to have survived. He blames unfavorable weather condition for his missing his intended landing position. He landed on steel posts and wires that seriously injured his right arm. On the brighter side, he is officially reported to duty at Squaw Valley after staying in the hospital for 50 days and recovering from 21 surgeries on his right arm.

He recalls remaining composed and focusing his attention to the song ‘Just Breath’ by the Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vender to thwart pain. He discovered he might bleed to death and he had to use his left arm to stop the bleeding from the artery. He recounts how painful it was to move his left arm even an inch; however, he had to do it. His Facebook Post designed as a letter to Vender; illustrate his efforts to remain alive. This was an expression of his admiration of Vender’s music. He narrates how the “Just Breath” helped him retain his composure.

During an interview carried out as he was undergoing physical therapy, he said after landing on the vineyard and checking his arm, the reality of a severe injury hit him. He recounts that his arm was torn up, elbow dislocated, tissue tore and the brachial artery bleeding profusely. He utilized his previous experiences to survive, which includes; rescuing traumatic injured victims and his services at North Routt Fire Protection District ambulance crew. In addition, he managed to maintain his emotion at a normal level through the ‘Just Breath’ song.

Andy Wirth has an experience of over 25 years working in the Mountain resort and hotel industry. His career began in 1986 at Steamboat Springs Resort; here he served in various leadership and supervisory positions. After series of mergers, he was appointed to an influential and respectable position. For example after Intrawest acquired Steamboat in 2007, Wirth became the Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President. He was born on July 25, 1963 in Neubruckle, West Germany. He pursued a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. He is an active humanitarian and strongly advocates for clean and sustainable environment. This recap was originally published on STEAMBOAT TODAY.

Andy Wirth – CEO of the Colorado Sking industry


Andy With was Born in West Germany, and went to school in Edinburgh, Scotland and Colorado State University. As the grandson of former US National Park Service Director Conrad Wirth and the great grandson of Forest ranger Theodore Wirth, it was assumed he would go into the forestry industry. As soon as he graduated he immediately went to work in the forestry and mountain ski industry. While in college he worked as a back woods ranger for Rocky Mountain National parks and wilderness ranger for San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area. At the end of his education, he began as a member of the Hot Shot Wild Land Fire Crew based out of Northern New Mexico. As soon as Andy Wirth graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science he jumped right into his twenty five years of mountain and hotel industry in the area. 

He began these 25 years in Steamboat springs resort and worked several jobs throughout the resort from direct marketing to multiple leadership positions. He left the ground floor of management and begin working in the Steam Boat Ski and Resort Corporation’s parent companies Intrawest. In the early 2000’s, Wirth was appointed Chief Marketing Officer for Intrawest which then acquired Steamboat Springs resort. Three years later, eh accepted a position of President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, the parent company of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts in Olympic Valley, California which then acquired Steamboat Springs Resort.

Since that appointment he has done everything he can to make the two ski resorts Squaw Valley and the Former Steamboat springs become one of the top skiing resorts in the area and in North America. According to a recent news release, Wirth was appointed to the appointment as chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board this year. He has appointed to this board because of his extensive experience in both domestic and international resort management. Not only that, because of his 25 years of experience in the resort business, he has worked with various airlines to develop more flights for resorts in Utah, Colorado and Canada.