Mishaps in the natural world would usually drive most people away from it. But those familiar with Andy Wirth’s work with nature might be surprised to hear about his skydiving past.
Andy Wirth is most well known for his work as CEO of the Squaw Valley Ski resort. But he’s also a man who’s had to push forward through a very difficult injury.
His ordeal began during a particularly windy day in 2013. Despite the weather jumps were still going on. So Andy Wirth jumped into it, as he’d done so many times in the past. It was an area he’d worked in before so he felt confident in his ability to navigate it.
Unfortunately the wind proved particularly rough that day. And his attempts to control the fall were largely in vain. WSJ said that Andy Wirth of course had to try to get as close to the designated drop zone as possible. But there simply weren’t very many good options to choose from. There were power lines everywhere.
A cluttered vineyard was the best choice out of many dangerous options. Andy Wirth guided himself down, and in the process lost a good deal of his arm to a pole. Afterwards he was forced to keep himself conscious during the long wait for help.
That would be the end to a lot of people’s enthusiasm for nature. But Andy Wirth went on to become CEO of Squaw Valley ski resort according to KCRW news media. In doing so it became quite clear to anyone that he had a love of nature that could never be quenched.
Andy Wirth has worked hard to recover his own health so that he can enjoy the beautiful landscape of Squaw Valley along with guests to the area.