Summary From Reno-Gazette Journal:
There have been a lot of changes taking place in the Olympic Valley region in California. The snowfall in the area has been quite light in recent seasons, and this has made business difficult for the area’s ski resorts. The conditions simply haven’t been as good on the slopes in recent times. However, the past year, this trend appeared to have reversed itself.
This is merely one of the issues that the area has faced though. There was a period of time when a major company was considering coming into the area to manage all of the ski resorts. If this had happened, it wouldn’t have had positive effects on the area’s resorts. Instead, it would have put a serious drain on the local economy. Luckily, the opponents of the incorporation prevented this from happening.
If the ski resorts of the area had become incorporated, businesses of various types would have suffered. The ski resorts likely wouldn’t have done as well, and this would have made the area less attractive to tourists in the winter. This would have meant that there would be fewer people using the services of other sectors of the economy, such as hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, and bars.
The damage to the economy would have had the power to be damaging to the public sector. The tighter budgets of the area would have meant the local municipalities wouldn’t be as easily able to maintain safe roadways in the winter. Dangerous travel conditions would have created an additional deterrent to tourism to the region, which would have created even more damage to the economy.
There was a very long debate about the incorporation of Olympic Valley’s ski resorts. Those that ran the area’s ski resorts were among the fiercest of opponents of the incorporation. One of the biggest opponents of it was Andy Wirth, who manages Squaw Valley ski resort. He provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to oppose the incorporation.
His effort to prevent it likely did have an impact. The debate finally ended when the incorporation plans were canceled. So, the area will be spared any negative economic effects from this. Hopefully, the weather will continue to cooperate during ski season. The snowfall was good this year, and we can only hope that will be the case in years ahead.
Some Information On Andy Wirth:
Andy Wirth has been a successful executive of Squaw Valley ski resort. However, he also is very well known for his opening up of the mountain to Navy Seals. The mountain serves a very important part in their training. Furthermore, Andy Wirth is a well known enthusiast of skiing and other sports himself
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