Squaw Valley Releases a Statement Highlighting Water Quality Issues at the Upper Mountain

In reaction to the press release issued on November 29, 2016, concerning the detection of coliform and E. coli bacteria in the drinking water at the upper mountain of the Squaw Valley, OLYMPIC VALLEY has issued a detailed and comprehensive statement. The Placer County Department of Environmental Health received the report on potential health issue on November 8. Since then, consistent treatments have been carried, and it is generating positive results. Currently, three of the four wells responsible for supplying the upper mountain with water are indicating the absence of E-coli and low level of coliform. The Placer County Environmental Health’s director confirmed these positive results.

Business at standstill

During the entire water treatment period, all the upper mountain-based restaurants have remained closed. The skiers can go on with their skiing activities but they are not permitted to drink the water until the matter at hand is fully resolved. Top-to-bottom skiing is still going on at the famous ski resort. Hotels will start operating once the County Environment Health releases an official statement on squawalpine.com confirming that the water is fit for domestic use.

Highlights Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ statement

Liesl Kenney, who serves as the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ public relations director, released a full statement highlighting facts concerning the water quality at the upper mountain. Kenney described what caused the contamination and highlighted the measures that his company adopted to manage and eliminate the contaminants.

Strange weather event in October

Placer County experienced a bizarrely heavy rainstorm in October that affected various water systems. At Squaw Valley, the strange weather event resulted in a backlog of a recently upgraded water system set up during the summer at Gold Coast and High Camp, leading to the contamination of that water system. This contamination occurred on that water system alone, but other Squaw Valley’s systems are safe.

Routine checkup and measures to contain the contamination

During the regular checkup, Squaw Valley’s professionals detected the contaminants and moved swiftly to contact the Squaw Valley Public Service District as well as the Placer County Environmental Health. Additionally, the firm consulted with other competent water safety professionals. The resort has leveraged the assistance from these experienced water safety technicians to implement sweeping measures aimed at finding a lasting solution to this issue. The firm’s management has promised that it will not rest until things return to normalcy in the Squaw Valley area. In additional, the resort will not use the water at Gold Coast and High Camp until it gets an official confirmation from health officials and other professionals that the water is fit for usage.

Commitment to customers’ safety

Squaw Alpine Resort has made a name for itself in the hotel industry due to its unwavering commitment to clients’ safety. It has confirmed that it is taking the water issue seriously just as it does for other safety matters at the resort. Guests residing at the Gold Coast and High Camp will continue to enjoy full access to the company’s facilities such as free bottled water. They will be updated once an official confirmation that the matter has been completely resolved is received.

Olympic Valley Incorporation Battle Comes to an End

Olympic Valley, also known as Squaw Valley, is a community on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore and home to the famous Squaw Valley Ski resort. A four-year drought seriously hurt the area’s resorts, but Olympic Valley’s ski destinations are recovering thanks to an early winter this year. However, Olympic Valley was also facing an internal conflict. The community’s struggle with dry conditions took place at the same time as a political struggle over the prospect of incorporating the area.
Residents who supported incorporating Olympic Valley into a separate town found resistance from others who feared that incorporation would bring with it higher taxes and exacerbate the community’s financial woes. Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, was quoted in the Reno Gazette-Journal as saying, “It was truly a recipe for disaster, financial disaster.”

Wirth went on to explain that the proposal had far-reaching implications. Incorporation would cut Olympic Valley off from other North Shore communities, which currently pool their money along with Olympic Valley to deal with regional issues. According to Wirth, the quality of local services, such as snowplowing and road upkeep would likewise suffer.

The proposal was rejected by California’s Local Agency Formation Commission on the grounds that the new town would not be financially viable, bringing the controversy to an end. Wirth believes that with the incorporation question settled, Olympic Valley can now turn its attention to transportation and infrastructure, issues in dire need of attention.

Before becoming CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, Andy Wirth accumulated a wealth of experience in international resort management. A true outdoorsman, he nearly died in a skydiving accident. The near-death experience inspired him to found an Ironman team in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation, which supports SEALs and their family upon their return home.

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