Squaw Valley Water Quality Improves

In an article written by Sierra Sun, they discussed the water situation on the upper mountain area of Squaw Valley. In the statement made by Wesley Nicks, the director of Placer County Environmental Health, he told Sierra Sun that currently three out of four of the wells on the upper mountain were showing low traces of the coliform bacteria and no traces of E. coli.

However, on November 8th (when the bacteria was first reported) the wells showed traces of both, E. Coli and coliform bacteria in the drinking water. Since the original test that showed the traces of both bacteria; the water has been treated consistently and the levels of the bacteria’s have decreased. Even though the levels have improved the restaurants on the upper mountain will still remain closed until the issue is completely resolved. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is still allowing skiers to safely ski the mountain from top to bottom. To keep them safe they have told skiers that drinking the water is not allowed until the contamination clears up.

On November 30th Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, gave a statement to Sierra Sun on the water quality on the upper mountain. In the statement he explained that due to an excessive rain storm back in October, the recently upgraded water system flooded and that is when the contamination of the system took place. The contamination only took place within one water system. Kenney also made it clear that at no point did the public ever come into contact with the contaminated water. He went into detail about how once they detected the bacteria, they contacted Placer County Environmental Health, Squaw Valley Public Service District and other water safety experts to help address the issue. They also stated that until the levels are back to normal and have been assured by health officials, they will not be returning to their regular water usage.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows stated that they are taking this issue extremely serious. They mentioned that their customers safety is of their overall concern. Until the water situation is resolved they will be offering bottled water for all their customers to drink while they are using their facilities on the upper mountain. They have kept the facilities open for the public. Hopefully, Squaw Valley can soon resolve the water issue and return clean running water to the upper mountain of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.

Andy Wirth Optimistic About Expansion

Lake Tahoe is one of the most desirable areas in the world when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. The Squaw Valley Resort understands that the area is becoming more and more popular and would like to expand their operations to accommodate the increase in demand for skiing in the area.

The expansion of the resort has been met with some heavy opposition by some local groups that are dedicated to preserving the Lake Tahoe region. Both sides of the coin recently met with the Placer County Planning Commission to decide if the proposed expansion can move forward to the next phase of approval.

According to Powder, Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Holdings, says that the meeting went well and both sides were extremely polite with each other while they were arguing their side. The commission listened to both arguments and decided to give the resort the thumbs up to move on with the expansion.

The next phase of the approval procedure is a meeting with the county executive board of directors. If that meeting goes well, they should be able to go ahead and begin construction and start the expansion.  Read more: Update on CEO Andy Wirth and his letter and Andrew Wirth: Executive Profile & Biography

The main reason that the League to Save Lake Tahoe, led by Jesse Patterson, is against the expansion is the effect that they say it will have on the traffic in the area. Traffic is already a cause for concern in the area of the expansion.

This is a point that Wirth has made when arguing his case. He says that his resort is not a cause of the current traffic concerns and will not have a further negative effect on them during the expansion process.

Andy Wirth has even said that his company will do everything that it can to help reduce the negative effect that traffic has on the area. One of the main components of this plan is an effort to help the county develop a more efficient and effective mass transit system to cut down on the number vehicles on the road.

Wirth has worked for almost 30 years in the ski resort industry. He got his start in Steamboat Springs where he worked in the marketing department. He eventually became marketing director of Steamboat Springs resort.

He remained at this company until he was hired by Squaw Valley Holdings to run their resort in Lake Tahoe. This was a major hire for the company as he is the first CEO that the resort has had that is not a member of the Cushing family.