Category: Ski Destination

Squaw Valley Informs The Public About Upper Mountain’s Water Quality

Recently, Squaw Valley provided a detailed statement regarding the water quality at its facility. It was made in response to the recent news regarding the presence of coliform and E.coli bacteria in the resort’s upper mountain drinking water. The prospective health concern was initially reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health on November 8 on cbs.com. Experts were dispatched to the location to test the water. After undertaking several tests, they confirmed the presence of the bacteria in the water.

Squaw Valley ski resort and water safety experts undertook extensive treatment procedures. After a few days, the water started showing signs of improvements. According to Wesley Nicks, out of the four wells serving the upper mountain, three are indicating low levels of coliform. The wells are also E.coli free. Nicks is the director in charge of environmental health in Placer County.

Upper mountain restaurants are currently not in operation. However, because of the health concerns skiers are not permitted to drink water from the affected wells until it has been certified as fit for consumption. Presently, no health problem has been reported. In addition, people are to go to the resort to engage in top-to-bottom skiing.

In a recent statement, Liesl Kenney made a comprehensive statement regarding the quality of water at the Squaw Valley upper mountain. Kenney is Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ public relations director. In the statement, Kenney pointed out that the cause of the contamination is the heavy rainstorm that affected a number of water systems in Placer County. Because of the unusual storm, an upgraded water system at Gold Coast and High Camp was overwhelmed. This system was installed during the summer. The resulting flood led to the contamination of the system. The health concerns were limited to that specific system. None of Squaw Valley’s other water systems were affected. However, there are no worries regarding consumption of the water by the public, as the bacteria were detected in time.

Following detection of the issue after routine testing, Squaw Valley contacted Placer County Environmental Health and Squaw Valley Service District. The ski resort also swiftly moved to consult with other water safety professionals. With the help of these experts, Squaw Valley took appropriate steps to address the concern. It will also continue with the treatment of the affected system’s water until it is free from the bacteria. Squaw Valley will not use the water at Gold Coast and High Camp until the experts and health officials certify the water clean.

Squaw Valley values the safety of its customers. As solution to the issue is being worked out, Squaw Valley guests at Gold Coast and High Camp will continue to enjoy normal services. They will have full access to Squaw Valley facilities. They will be offered free bottled water. The resort will continue updating guests about the progress of the treatment process as availed by health officials and experts. In conclusion, Kenney noted that the ski resort would like to appreciate Placer County and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for their help and ongoing cooperation.