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Andy Wirth’s Journey to Recovery after a Horrific Accident While Skydiving

The Squaw Valley area is one place that Andy Wirth knows quite well. He has had the best experiences. In October 2013, while on a jumping mission with his friends, the avid skydiver had a horrific accident. Andy recalls the weather conditions were not friendly on the fateful day. As a result, he had to land in a vineyard. While making the final maneuvers on, his arm was badly injured by a pole that was holding the vines.

Immediately, Andy Wirth on kcrw realized he was in a bad situation because his arm was bleeding excessively. His first step was to stay calm and control the shock. Andy Wirth had experienced trauma in his past life having been a back country ranger. It is at that point that a song by Pearl Jam “Just Breathe” came to him and he started singing it. Andy spent close to 15 minutes before he was found and rescued. He spent the next three months in the hospital.

After being discharged from the hospital, Andy had to endure a trying emotional and physical journey of regaining his fitness. The process of healing was slow making it hard for him to stay positive. However, subsequent events changed his mind. First, Andy met with a Navy Seal Team while on their winter mountain combat training. He made friendship with a number of the men. Second, Andy managed to convince Andrew Messick, IRONMAN CEO to bring Ironman 70.3 to Tahoe. Andy made a team to compete in the event. The team comprised one member of the Navy Seals and his friends. Andy regained much of his fitness while training for the event. This information was originally reported on Ironman.

Andy Wirth is a renowned figure in the hotel and mountain resort industry. He has been actively engaged in the sector for over 25 years. Presently, he is the president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings that owns Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts located in Olympic Valley. Andy is a member of Tahoe Fund called Founders Circle on that supports community service and environmental groups including The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation House.