Squaw Valley was voted 2016’s Best Ski Resort by USA Today and is a renowned resort, located in North Lake Tahoe. It spans over 6,000 skiable acres and is open year-round with events and almost 60 bars and restaurants. It is known as the spring skiing capital because it gives one of the longest skiing and snowboarding seasons in the region. All levels of difficulty are welcomed at this resort and over 65 percent of the resort caters to beginner and intermediate riders, with 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones.
The resort was opened in 1949 by Alex Cushing. It had the world’s largest chairlift and even had a bid to host the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. It quickly became an extremely popular ski destination for people from all over the world. Squaw Valley joined forces with Alpine Meadows in 2011. Alpine Meadows was founded in 1961 by a group of skiers and was originally founded as Ward Peak. Both are subsidiaries of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC.
On November 8th, a potential health issue at Squaw Valley was reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health. This claim stated that E. coli and coliform bacteria were detected in the drinking water at the resort’s upper mountain.
Since this claim was made to the Department of Environmental Health, the water has been continuously treated and shows significant improvement. Three out of four of these wells are currently showing low levels of coliform and absolutely no E. coli.
Squaw Valley quickly shut down their restaurants and bars. Skiers are no longer allowed to drink the water until every issue is resolved, and the top-to-bottom skiing is still allowed to continue. Squaw Valley issued a statement on November 30th, given by Squaw Valley’s Public Relations Director, Liesl Kenney.
In this statement on Wikipedia.org, Squaw Valley states that an unusually heavy storm in October affected many of the water systems in Placer County. At the resort, this storm led to a barrage of a newly updated water system that they installed over the summer. This resulted in the contamination of the new system and none of their other systems were affected. Squaw Valley wants to assure the public that absolutely no contaminated water was available to anyone at any point.
After their routine testing detected the issues with the water system, Squaw Valley immediately contacted Placer County Environmental Health. After notifying the proper authorities, they immediately began consulting with leading water safety experts. With those experts’ help, the resort has taken every step to address these issues and will continue to do so until the water has gone back to its normal levels. They guarantee the public that they will not return to normal water usage until they are assured by health officials that they are safe to do so.
Squaw Valley states that the safety of their customers and employees is of the utmost concern to them. They want the public to know that they are taking this very seriously, as they do all safety issues. Their guests can have full access to their facilities for skiing and snowboarding, and they will provide bottled water to guests for drinking. They plan to update the public when experts have confirmed that the issue has been resolved.