The Reno-Gazette Journal covered some interesting developments in the tourist community of Lake Tahoe in a recent article. Lake Tahoe has not had the best of luck in the last four years, and the area has also been the site of a political and civic struggle over an attempt to have businesses incorporated. The resorts in the area depend greatly on favorable weather to thrive. Favorable weather in Lake Tahoe means a lot of snow and cold weather. If the resorts and hotels are thriving from tourism during a season, then other businesses such as restaurants and shops would experience a favorable economic injection from increased foot traffic. Unfortunately, the last four years in Lake Tahoe has been slow, but this year has seen a fortunate boost from early winter weather and cold temps, which allowed the resorts to start their tourist season early.
The other problem Lake Tahoe was facing involved the backers of incorporation wanting to establish oversight committees to force resorts and business to effectively kneel before them. The backers of incorporation faced off against a man named Andy Wirth. Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which is the owner of Squaw Valley Ski Resort. Allegations have flown back and forth between the two parties over the proposed incorporation. There has also been a lot of money spent on both sides allegedly. The backers claim Andy Wirth’s resort is trying to avoid the oversight of the committee, and they claim Squaw Valley Ski Resort has spent a lot of money to prevent the incorporation. In the article, Andy Wirth waved these allegations off, and pointed out the backers have spent a small fortune to see it pass. He also cites how terrible for the local economy and civic situation it would have been for the area.
Despite the money raised and spent by the supporters of incorporation, their proposal has been trashed by a state commission. This has freed up Andy Wirth to push for the members of the community to come together and work on new projects such as transportation between the resorts.
Andy Wirth is no stranger to adversity either, and the backers of incorporation were nothing compared to what he’s been through. According to his Wikipedia, he was involved in an awful skydiving accident in Lodi, California, which resulted in his arm being torn off. He was luckily able to have it surgically reattached.