Squaw Valley, a premier ski resort based in Lake Tahoe, recently addressed the news about the drinking water at Squaw Valley’s upper mountain. The statement was in response to the detection of both the coliform and E. coli bacteria in the water from the mountain. Initially, the impending health problem was reported to the Placer County Department of Environmental Health on November 8, 2016. Since that day, the water has received consistent treatment and has displayed considerable improvement. Currently, three out of the main four wells, which serve the upper mountain have depicted zero levels of E. coli as well as low levels of coliform.
The Drinking Water Issue
The water issue resulted in the closure of restaurants at the upper mountain while skiers were restricted from drinking water until the problem was resolved. This prompted Squaw Valley to respond to the issue of water quality at the mountain.
Squaw Valley claimed that the unexpected heavy rains storm in October interfered with some water systems situated in Placer County. As a result, the storm caused a backlog of Squaw Valley’s upgraded water system, which had been installed during the summer at Gold Coat and High Camp. According to Squaw Valley’s statement, the inundation caused a contamination of the water in only that particular system. Additionally, the ski resort denied any case of the contaminated water being available for public use.
Upon detecting bacteria in the drinking water, Squaw Valley informed the Placer County Environmental Health as well as Squaw Valley Public Service District. As such, Squaw Valley through the effort of such organizations has taken the appropriate measures to ensure that the water quality returns to normal. While it addressed the issue, Squaw Valley cited that all its guests at Gold Coat and High Camp would continue to access all the facilities including free bottled water.
Squaw Valley Ski Resort is widely recognized as one of the leading and largest ski locations in the United States. It previously served as the host location for the 1960 Winter Olympics. After Squaw Valley Holdings acquired the Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley Ski Resort surpassed the Heavenly Mountain Resort as the largest ski area in Lake Tahoe. As such, the resort provides a joint access to approximately 6200 acres, more than 270 trails as well as 43 lifts. During the summer, the location offers a wide array of wine and beer events as well as concert, which include Bluesdays, Peaks and Paws, Jazz and Funk Fest and Brews.
As one of the leading ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, the Squaw Valley| Alpine Meadows has attained various recognitions and accolades. Some of these accolades include Treharoo: Best Ski Resort for Families with Preschoolers and Toddlers and CNN: Best Places to Ski on Earth. More importantly, the ski resort takes part in both local as well as regional community initiatives through active participation in NGO’s and charitable donations. These endeavors target various initiatives including animal protection, ski & snowboard, youth education, community well-being as well as environmental programs. Some of the beneficiaries of such giving include Ocean Institute, Billy Dutton Race, Adventure Risk Challenge and many others.