CEO Andy Wirth Handles Water Issue with Expertise and Efficiency

Before the ski season opened, a potential health hazard on Squaw Valley’s upper mountain was discovered. As soon as Squaw Valley Patrol noticed it, the Placer County Department of Environmental Health was contacted, and they announced that e. Coli was discovered on November 8th to warn the visitors, and local residents before the disease multiplied.


Squaw Valley Ski Resort is a wonderful resort located in Lake Tahoe, CA. The facility was originally constructed for the 1964 Winter Olympics, and now the CEO Andy Wirth spent $6 million in 2010 to updated the stadium and renovated the entire resort area. Andy Wirth has been in the resort business for over 25 years, and he has worked to create a summer tourist destination to compliment the spectacular worldwide winter ski destination that Squaw Valley has become.


The Placer County Health Department found E. coli and coliform bacteria in the drinking water on the high mountain, so Wirth closed the restaurants, keeping the slopes open. Until further notice, skiers must carry bottled water, which Squaw Valley gladly supplies. All water on the mountain is turned off to ensure the safety of everyone.


The amount of the bacteria is small, and Squaw Valley is doing everything possible to contain and eliminate it according to the water department’s instructions. No health issues have been reported, and it will not be long before the issue is resolved. The skiers will be notified and the restaurants will open immediately upon clearance, and until then, skiing will be open from the top of the mountain to the bottom. Safety is always the first issue with CEO Andy Wirth


Squaw Valley has openly reported all the details. It is assumed that the high levels of rain caused the pipes not to drain, and the bacteria grew with the warmer temperatures. Andy Wirth and the board of directors published all of the information released since the e. Coli bacteria was discovered. They publicly thanked the Placer County and Squaw Valley Public Service District for their unequaled assistance. They will be updating the public.

Squaw Valley Issues Water Statement

Following the discovery in November of 2016 that a water system used by Squaw Valley’s upper mountain resorts contained E. coli and coliform bacteria, the resort issued a statement on the issue.


Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Public Relations Director Liesl Kenney wrote in the statement that an “unusually heavy rainstorm” in October of last year caused the water system to become contaminated, although guests were “at no point” exposed to the contaminated water. She also said that the particular water system in question only affected the High Camp and Gold Coast resorts.


The water quality has already improved, following consistent treatment. Placer County Environmental Health Director Wesley Nicks told the Sierra Sun in December that three out of four of the upper mountain wells currently show low levels of coliform bacteria, and no E. coli.


Kenney wrote in the statement that High Camp and Gold Coast will not return to normal water usage until Squaw Valley receives assurance from health officials of the water’s safety. “Our guests at High Camp and Gold Coast will have normal and full access to our facilities,” says the statement.


Squaw Valley assures the public that it takes the water issue very seriously. “The safety of our customers is paramount to us,” Kenney wrote.


Restaurants at the upper mountain remain closed during the water treatment, but skiers may otherwise continue to enjoy the slopes. Squaw Valley will inform them when they can drink the water again. In the meantime, wrote Kenney, guests may enjoy bottled water, on the house.