On November 8, the Placer County Department of Health issued a statement that E. coli and coliform bacteria has potentially been found in the Squaw Valley Upper Mountain. Squaw Valley has issued a statement about the drinking water that has been contaminated. Squaw Valley has been treating the water consistently and the quality level is improving. Director of Environmental Health Wesley Nicks has said there is low levels of coliform present and no e. coli.
Water will continue to be treated until it is the needed quality and the restaurants will remained closed until then. Skiers are urged not to drink any water. Top to bottom skiing practices have been encouraged to promote health habits. Squaw Valley released their own statement regarding the situation. Liesl Kenney Director of Public Relations released one late Sunday November 30.
They stated that heavy rains in October caused several water systems in the area to be affected. In Squaw Valley, the newly updated system at High Camp and Gold Coast areas. The contamination was limited to that one system. Routine testing caused this issue to become detected and Squaw Valley notified the proper authorities. Squaw Valley also sought the help of third party water experts to help remedy the problem and will continue to work towards a solution until the water has been fixed. Water usage will not resume until health officials give the all clear signal.
Customer safety is their top concern. They will continue normal operations at the High Camp and Gold Coast areas. Free bottled water will be available for all customers until the issued has been fully resolved. Updates will be provided as they are available. As a resort, they are taking full measures to make sure the issue is resolved.
Squaw Valley is a North Lake Tahoe ski resort that spans over 6,000 acres. They have been 2016 “Best Ski Resort” in North America by USA Today. The resort averages 450 inches of snow year round with 300 sunny days, which makes for beautiful Spring skiing. They have one of the longest ski seasons in Lake Tahoe, and they have slopes that can accommodate all levels of skiers from beginner to intermediate. Squaw Valley ski holdings operates Squaw Valley resort, Alpine Meadows resort, and Squaw Valley real estate.