Squaw Valley’s Water Contamination Issue Is Under Control

Squaw Valley is an icon in the ski industry. The famous ski resort hosted the Winter Olympics Games in the 1960s. For more than 50 years, skiers from all over the world have been coming to the pristine lake Tahoe area. Skiers enjoy the snow and trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range for at least six months a year. Squaw Valley merged with the Alpine Meadows ski resort a few years ago, so skiers could have more trails, and slopes to explore. The massive resort of Squaw Valley sits on 6,000 acres, and it is considered the pride of Northern California and Nevada when it comes to winter recreation.

The lingering drought in the West had an impact of snowfall for more than four years, but the heavy snowfall in the 2015/2016 season changed all that. The snow came back last year, and so did the skiers. The staff at the resort were expecting another great season because of an early snowfall this season. The rain soaked the area in October before the first major snowfall, and it was a torrential rain. Two water systems in Squaw Valley were inundated with water, and the wells were contaminated with bacteria. The bacteria that was discovered from the first routine tests was e. coli. E. coli is a killer germ that lives in the digestive tract of humans once it enters the body.

Read more: Squaw Valley issues statement on upper mountain water quality

There have been more than four hundred outbreaks of E. coli over the last 13 years. More than 4,900 people became ill from the virus, and more than 1,200 of those people were hospitalized. Thirty-three people died from the E. coli virus during that time period. So, the resort didn’t waste any time calling the Environmental Health Department and the Squaw Valley Public Service District in Placer County. Both agencies went to work on the two water systems located in the High Camp and the Gold Coast areas of the resort.  Squaw Valley provided other sources of water for the guests, and free bottled water was used as drinking water.

Liesl Kenney, the Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows issued a statement confirming the fact that water safety experts were called in to ensure all the appropriate methods were used to rid the water of the dangerous bacteria. The executives at Squaw Valley made the decision to stop using the water systems located in the Gold Coast and High Camp areas until health officials were convinced that all dangerous bacteria was removed from all the wells.

According to the Squaw Valley statement, three of the four wells in those two areas now have low levels of the coliform bacteria and no E. coli. Andy Wirth, the CEO and president of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows said that restaurants have been closed and skiers are safe.

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The high camp Experience at Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort

Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley are two iconic ski resorts in North Tahoe. The two ski resorts have a long history of business and operational relations. However, they remain separated by different ski passes and cultures.

A transformation was made in 2011 when the two resorts were united into a single ski resort. Despite the union, distance separated them as one had to travel from one ski resort to another. The management was in progress to bridge the gap by building a gondola to link the two ski resorts into a single premise.

The gondola was postulated to start from the base of Squaw Valley, over the ridge between the two mountains, and finally, descend to the base of Alpine Meadows. This was a plan to fulfill the desires of skiers, who had dreamed of exploring the two ski resorts in a single visit. The connection would give travelers a chance to taste the outstanding legacy, heritage, and history of the two sides of the mountain.

The Ski resorts are dedicated to giving back to their communities. As a result, they fund Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation, an organization that offers charity services such as supporting sports events in the valley and education projects.

The education programs that the ski resorts gives to their communities include nurturing the character of the athletes, professional development for coaches, and providing community education platforms to parents.

The Squaw Valley ski resorts support sporting events such as skiing and athletics. Their ski team received an honorary recognition as the best team in the country. The award was given due to good performance and formation of stable organizations.

By visiting Lake Tahoe Skiing, you will get a chance to explore the sprawling terrain; spectacular crest bowls, the iconic tram, and a breathtaking view of Lake Tahoe. Tourists are also involved in other leisure activities like aerial tram rides, hiking, roller-skating, climbing walls, golf, and ski jumping.

During the visit, a traveler may lodge at the village in Squaw Valley. In the community lodge, visitors are assured to get reservations in quality guest rooms adorned with high-quality furnishings. Customers may also book a studio suite. The studio suites are spacious, fully furnished with a TV, warm gas fire, and a hydronic heating system.