Andy Wirth is one of the busiest people that you will ever run into and that makes total sense as he has cultivated Squaw Valley Ski into a prosperous company.
His hobbies include swimming, running, and skydiving. It is skydiving that almost put his promising career to an end as it nearly took his life only a few years ago. Andy Wirth is the CEO who survived a skydiving accident that would have killed anyone else, and he’ll tell you about it with a wistful shake of his head.
According to Crowdrise, Andy Wirth had been trained alongside Sean McCormick, a Red Bull athlete, in the art of skydiving. Together they had worked Andy Wirth’s certification out and quickly became frequent jump buddies (get more: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2014/09/andy-wirth-squaw-valley.aspx). On a busy day of diving the pair would get in as many as seven jumps, which is quite a few to put it mildly.
However, things went sideways on an otherwise normal day in the spring of 2013. Andy and his friends were dropping at the Lodi Zone, a place familiar to Wirth, as his normal psot had been shut down due to high winds. That should have been warning enough, but it wasn’t.
KCRW has it that several things went wrong on this last jump but most notably it was the pilot flying an improper route that caused Andy Wirth to be forced to put down inside of a vineyard — an incident that would have been deadly to most people. Andy Wirth clipped a pole and summarily lost his arm before getting hung up.
Close to bleeding out and with help still some 15 minutes away the CEO had to act quickly in order to save his own life, and that is what he did. Humming a song, ‘Just Breathe’ by Pearl Jam, Andy Wirth managed to staunch the blood loss enough so that he would be taken to a hospital and saved after several surgeries. Now Wirth is out and running, still.