For residents of Lake Tahoe north shore community, past few years were extremely challenging. According to reports in Reno-Gazette Journal, the challenge was due to uncertainty over adverse weather conditions in the area and the legal fate of the Olympic Valley.
Regarding the climate, north shore of Lake Tahoe did not receive early snowfalls in the Winter as they are used to. In fact, the early Winter snowfalls were the primary reason for the popularity of the world-class resort. Every year, thousands of ski enthusiasts and families visited Olympic Valley on the north shore of Lake Tahoe taking full advantage of the crisp snow that is hailed as among the best in the world. However, lack of snow and late start of the Winter season had a debilitating impact on local businesses who depended on visitors to the area.
Besides climatic conditions, locals were also concerned about the ongoing legal battle over incorporation efforts by a private group. The incorporation was opposed by Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC. Due to the unknown fate of the Olympic Valley, no one was sure about the future of local businesses that were already struggling due to the Winter drought.
Luckily, for residents of Olympic Valley and nearby resorts, Mother Nature was benevolent as early Winter storms have returned making ski slopes viable for visitors and ski enthusiasts. In addition, the legal battle over the fate of Olympic Valley is also decided as the private group has withdrawn its effort to incorporate Olympic Valley.
Among the most astute planners in the area is Andy Wirth, who has a lot of influence in the area due to numerous development projects initiated by his company, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC. Andy Wirth is the person who fought valiantly for the people of Olympic Valley spending thousands of dollars to stop the incorporation effort. It should be noticed that this is not the only time Andy has put such efforts for the local community. In fact, he is known to have played an instrumental role in developing the area into a world-class destination for Winter sports. Besides development projects, Andy actively contributes to developing community services and environmental projects in the area.
According to Andy, incorporation of Olympic Valley would not benefit the town because it meant that the struggling businesses needed to pay more taxes. Perhaps, even worse would be the situation where residents of Olympic Valley were unable to pool and share their resources with other north shore communities in the area.