A problem like E.Coli is extremely dangerous when found in a water supply and that is the reason why Squaw Valley Ski Resort is taking this report very seriously. On November 8, 2016, Squaw Valley detected E.Coli and coliform bacteria in the High Camp and Gold Coast water supply.
The management, including CEO Andy Wirth, immediately closed the restaurants on the high mountain and contacted the Placer County Water Department and several water experts. The Water Department tested the water, and the result was a small amount of E.Coli and coliform bacteria in the upper mountain water supply; the rest of the resort had not been affected.
Squaw Valley is attending to this issue with strict attention to any problems that could result. Since the restaurants were closed as soon as the bacteria was detected, there has been no reports of any illnesses, which Squaw Valley is extremely thankful for. Wirth is providing bottled water for all the guests, and skiing is still permitted on the upper mountain from the top down.
Squaw Valley Official Report
Liesl Kenney, the Squaw Valley Public Relations Director, gave a complete statement on November 30, 2016, concerning the water quality. After research was completed, the experts attributed the problem to the heavy rainfall that Lake Tahoe had in early fall. The flooded conditions led to an inundation of the water supply that had been recently upgraded that summer at High Camp and Gold Coast.
The contamination was contained, and the Resort is working to bring the water levels to normal. There was no contaminated water available to the guests because Squaw Valley acted quickly and responsibly to make sure the guests were safe. The main concern is the welfare of the guests.
The Placer County Environmental Health Department and the Squaw Valley Public Service District will continue to monitor the water levels. When the water is safe, Squaw Valley will make a public announcement. Squaw Valley would like to sincerely thank their guests for their patience and tolerance along with all of the agencies involved.