In October of last year, unusually heavy rains caused a water system that was upgraded in the summer at High Camp and Gold Coast to be contaminated with E. coli and coliform bacteria. According to Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Liesl Kennedy, this information was immediately provided to Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. At no point in time was any of this water made available to the public for actual usage.
The water from that system has been tested routinely since the storm. According to the latest checks by Wesley Nicks, Placer County Environmental Health Director, there are no more reports of E. coli and only low levels of coliform bacteria currently found in the water. Regular water usage will not be in effect until health officials and other water officials deem the water safe for use and all levels are back to normal.
Resort staff has taken some precautionary measures in the meantime. Primarily, all restaurants located in upper mountain are going to be closed until these issues are resolved. Guests that are currently staying at High Camp and Gold Coast are being provided bottled water free of charge. This issue will not have any affect on top-to-bottom skiing. All runs remain open.
Safety is of paramount importance at all of the resorts and appropriate precautions are being carefully reviewed and adhered to until this water issue is brought to official conclusion. There have been no health issues reported to date.