Visiting Olympic Valley near Lake Tahoe is once-in-a-lifetime experience. The sheer beauty of the paradise is breathtaking in every sense. Perhaps, this was the reason why it is still the smallest area to host Winter Olympics on mynews4.com. However, unknown to the visitors, locals have suffered heavily due to adverse climatic conditions and legal battle over the fate of the Valley.
In the past few years, Mother Nature didn’t sprinkle the fine and crisp snow flakes that residents have become accustomed to. It did not mean that there was no snow. However, the Valley faced drought-like conditions, which meant that skiers to the area were unable to enjoy early Winter snowfall that the community has relished for so many years. Another major concern for investors and locals was the uncertainty surrounding the fate of the legal battle between a private group called “incorporate Olympic Valley” and one of its own, Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings LLC. The growing uncertainty over the legal battle meant that there were few investors willing to invest in the area, which also resulted in additional challenges to local businessmen who rely on investment and Mother Nature.
Luckily, this year, locals got a huge reprieve when not only they saw massive early Winter snow fall, but also got the news that Olympic Valley will not be incorporated. The early snowfall is probably a sign of better things to come in the following seasons. In addition, the withdrawal of incorporation petition by the private group is a sign of new development in the area. For locals, there couldn’t be a better year in terms of civic, business and political climate.
According to Reno-Gazzete Journal, which has covered the proceedings, the man behind the success of legal battle is Andy Wirth. Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings LLC. Accordingly, he has spent thousands of dollars in legal battle to stop the incorporation of the Valley. For residents of the area, Andy is a household name as he and his company has a long history of developing community projects, community development and charity.
When asked about the legal proceedings, Andy claimed that the intended incorporation of the Valley would be a fiscal disaster for local businesses who were already struggling due to the Winter drought. Any future efforts to incorporate Olympic Valley will also lead to major problems for the businesses resulting in higher taxes. Besides, local businessmen will be deprived of high-quality community services such as snow plowing and road maintenance. More importantly, it will also mean that resident of the Valley will not be able to pool their resources with other communities on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Perhaps, the decision to withdraw incorporation appeal and return of the early Winter storms is a sign of great optimism.