It is a widely known fact that the north shore communities in Lake Tahoe have experienced extreme hardship for the past four years. The residents and businesses in the area have faced everything from a catastrophic drought to a political struggle over the fate of Olympic Valley. Now, things are starting to change.
The president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC is Andy Wirth. When interviewed he stated, “This has been a very, very tough four years”. This is undeniably a true statement for the region.
Squaw Valley Ski Holdings and other Tahoe-area resorts in the area recently had what they would consider a miracle storm. This amazing storm has given theses businesses what they need to open earlier in the year than in years past.
The incorporation effort that has plagued Olympic Valley has also been withdrawn. Backers of this incorporation effort no longer feel that it is viable to incorporate Olympic Valley in their efforts. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has tried to stop the incorporation effect and are consequently please to hear of this withdrawal. This withdrawal comes after having spent multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars. The incorporation effort suggested that residents as well as businesses in the area would have faced an increase in taxes. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings also believed that residents would have also had to agree to a decrease in public services like transportation and snow plowing.
Backers of the Incorporation effort have a theory that Wirth and his company opposed their efforts simply because it threatened their ability to control residents. These backers also theorized that residents in the community would have opposed the decisions made by Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings’ Andy Wirth denies this claim.
California’s Local Agency Formation Commission states that their withdrawal comes after concluding that the area is not worth the financial investment. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings is thrilled about the withdrawal as it provides an opportunity to unite the community.. Andy Wirth believes that the area should take the time to heal the community from its past four years of misfortune.