Attempts to Incorporate Olympic Valley Finally Withdrawn

March 4th, 2016 by admin

In the last few years, people who live in the north shore of Lake Tahoe have faced two serious challenges. First, the drought that was experienced in the country was unfavorable to the winter resorts in that area and other forms of businesses that rely on those resorts. Secondly, there had been attempts to incorporate Olympic Valley. This is where the famous Squaw Valley Resort is located, as well as other important places that provide facilities for winter sports.

Residents of the area, led by Andy Wirth were therefore a happy lot after solutions were found for these two major challenges. First, the winter was a blessing for the area because its early start with storms and falling temperatures enabled Squaw Valley and other winter resorts around there to open early. The second solution came when the efforts to incorporate Olympic Valley were withdrawn.

Andy is the CEO and President of Squaw Valley Holdings LLC. He is also the President of Alpine Meadows, because in 2011, the Company that owns Squaw Valley acquired Alpine Meadows. Perhaps as proof of his good business sense, Andy was also appointed chair of the Board of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. According to reports, Andy was appointed because of his vast experience in running and managing resorts. He had also worked with other airlines in order to increase the number of flights to other places with resorts such as Utah and Colorado.

Andy had been a firm opposer of the efforts to incorporate Olympic Valley. He was of the opinion that the incorporation would threaten the business and civic environment in the area. In his efforts to oppose the incorporation, the Company for which he is President, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings spent up to hundreds of thousands of their money. This is because, as Andy said, the incorporation would also increase the taxes the residents of the area paid. Besides, incorporation would interfere with the provision of services such as snow plowing and road maintenance to the people of the area. Finally, Andy said that incorporation would isolate Olympic Valley from other North shore communities with which they cooperated to deal with their regional matters. Although Andy gave his reasons for opposing the incorporation, those who supported the incorporation thought that Andy’s Company had its own motives for opposing the incorporation. It was California’s Local Agency Formation Commission which decided that the town which was proposed by those proposing incorporation was not viable. After that decision, Andy requested that the community in Olympic Valley unite to deal with issues such as transportation. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has recently announced plans to build a gondola that will connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

This Article can also be found in the Reno-Gazette Journal.

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