I just got into a hotel in Newark and flipped on the TV only to see some skiing. I missed the first half, but this weeks episode of Undercover Boss was at Squaw Valley. They had the CEO of Squaw/Alpine Meadows go around and work in all the various departments. Anyone see the full show, and what did you think of it?
Squaw Valley on CBS' Undercover Boss
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Use the search tool NOOB! Or just look at the recent posts hahaha
I only diss staff like that...
It's ok. I only arbitrarily ban users with more than 5,000 posts.
I actually did poke around a little bit to see if anyone mentioned it, but didn't think to look back a full week
I'm happy they featured the lift ops guy. People like that often get overlooked, but nothing happens without them keeping everything humming, avoiding problems whenever possible, and fixing them quickly when necessary. All the employees were cool, but a special to that dude!
The show was a great ad for the areas, and I thought Wirth came across as a decent guy, somebody who has some background in and love for the mountains. In the January issue of Ski Magazine there's an article on Troy Caldwell - Man In The Middle - and it says he and Wirth have become friends.
That is going to be an interesting... friendship. A lot of interests on both sides of that equation.
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Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows CEO on 'Undercover Boss': Jonny Moseley keeps Andy Wirth under cover
Andy Wirth, president and CEO of ski resorts Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in California, was the titular boss in this week's episode of popular CBS reality series "Undercover Boss." As part of the show, which gives high-ranking executives an inside look at what it's like to be one of their employees, Wirth worked in the ski patrol, as a snowboard instructor, and as an employee on his terrain park.
"Ever since I started as CEO, I have focused on spending time on the mountain with our guests and staff engaging in the experience," said Wirth in a statement. "I saw this as a great opportunity to work with our team, side-by-side on a very real level. I came away from the experience incredibly proud of our hard working employees and honored to be a part of this extraordinary team."
Given the popularity of the show, it's become more difficult for bosses' identities to remain secret, a particular challenge for this episode given how small the ski community is. In order to keep his cover, Wirth pretended to be a computer programmer on a reality show hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist and "Skating With The Stars" alum Jonny Moseley, and got an elaborate makeover that included hair extensions and painted-on moles.
It was an eye-opening experience for Wirth, particularly after he heard about the impact that merging Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows had on his employees -- the change of ownership did cause some problems for the instructors.
So, uh, based on how Andy described Alpine Meadows, I'm wondering when they're going to start grooming Beaver Bowl and Scott Chute.
This has to be the first time I've ever seen a resort actually play down its terrain quality instead of exaggerating it.