Andy Wirth is an experienced and professional managing president of Squaw Valley Ski Resort and Holdings. He has spent his entire career, over 25 years, in resort management. On November 8, 2016, a report was issued that they had detected E. coli and coliform bacteria in the upper mountain water system.
This report came from a routine report by the maintenance at Squaw Valley. The Placer County Department of Environmental Health was immediately called, and Wirth also called two experts in the water system field in order to receive the best and most accurate advice.
Mr. Wirth closed the restaurants on the upper mountain, and they remain closed today. Visitors may not drink water from the upper mountain until the issue is resolved. Squaw Valley has bottled water for all their guests. Top-to-bottom skiing is still open to ski safely and enjoy, and the management of Squaw Valley will reopen the restaurants when Placer County has found the water levels are normal.
On Wednesday, November 30th, the Squaw Valley public relations department released a report concerning this issue. Squaw Valley had recently installed an updated water system for the upper mountain water supply. After investigation by the Health Department, they found that the water had been contaminated from the heavy rains that occurred throughout the month of October. This contamination was only found in the upper mountain water supply, so the rest of resort’s water was unaffected.
With the help of the water experts who were called, Squaw Valley is taking all the steps to amend the issue. The resort will continue to do everything possible until the water has returned to normal levels. Regular water usage at High Camp or Gold Coast will not be resumed until the water is 100 percent safe.
Andy Wirth is an expert on environmental and conservation issues, and he will not permit any water usage that is not up to regulation. We are handling this issue with the utmost attention. The safety of our customers is our first priority, and Squaw Valley will do everything to protect our guests.