There has been a debate in Placer County, Nevada regarding the expansion of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort at Lake Tahoe. The resort has been planning and working towards an expansion recently. Some groups in the area, like the League to Save Lake Tahoe, are against the planned expansion.
This is mostly based on the notion that the expansion will cause problems in the region when it comes to traffic congestion along the lake. The most recent meeting was between the resort, led by CEO Andy Wirth, and the Placer County Planning Commission. The meeting very well for the resort.
The Placer County Planning Commission gave the resort the thumbs up. This means that they will move to the next phase of the approval process.
This meeting will take place in October. The purpose of the meeting will be to gain the approval of the County Board of Supervisors. Once their approval is gained, the resort should be clear to go ahead with the expansion. Read more: Update on CEO Andy Wirth and his letter
Wirth says that the issue regarding traffic in the county has nothing to do with his company. He too is not pleased with the traffic around Lake Tahoe. He says that traffic congestion has nothing to do with his resort and the planned expansion will have no negative effect on traffic according to his plan.
The leader of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Jesse Patterson thinks that the proposed expansion along the lake will cause even more issues when it comes to traffic in the area. He also believes that the expansion is too big and will take up valuable space and prevent other businesses from expanding in the future along Lake Tahoe.
Wirth believes that these are both valid concerns and says that they can rest assured that the resort has the plan to help reduce traffic and introduce a more efficient mass transit program in the county. Patterson would like to see this plan in writing.
According to Powder, AWirth is being guided by his years of experience in the hotel and resort industry. He has been working in the industry since 1986 where he started at the Steamboat Springs resort in Colorado. He worked for the company for over 20 years.
He was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer in 2006. In 2010, he was named as the CEO of the Squaw Valley Resort.