Torrential Rain Contaminates Two Squaw Valley Water Systems

People that don’t ski know about Squaw Valley. Squaw Valley is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. It sits on the border of Nevada and California. Lake Tahoe is the glacier lake that makes that part of the United States such a treasure. Squaw Valley is the resort that makes that part of the United States an international ski destination. The Squaw Valley resort hosted the 1960s Winter Olympics Games. Ever since then, the resort has attracted the top skiers from Europe, South America, and Asia. The slopes and trails are famous because they are named after the ski champions that participated in the 1960 Olympic Games. Squaw Valley merged with the Alpine Meadows ski resort a few years ago. That merger produced more than 6,000 acres of incredible terrain for winter sports lovers to enjoy.

Ski resorts have been in the news lately because of the drought that has changed the face of the Western part of the United States. Skiers have been faced with no snow, shorter seasons, and warmer weather. Many ski resorts had to close permanently over the last four years, but the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort was able to stay open and do a decent business during the past five ski seasons. But at the start of the 2016/2017 ski season, a natural event took Squaw Valley by surprise. A torrential mountain rain flooded four wells on resort property. Those wells serviced two resort water systems. The flood contaminated the water in those wells. Squaw Valley was forced to stop using those water systems.

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According to a statement released by the Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Liesl Kenney, the four wells were contaminated with the E. coli bacteria. According to Kenney, routine tests on the wells, after the rain stopped, showed signs of the coliform, and the E. Coli bacteria. Squaw Valley officials immediately contacted the Squaw Valley Public Service District, and the Environmental Health Department in Placer County. Officials also contacted other health safety experts, and the resort got their opinion on the steps the resort should take to keep skiers safe. The restaurants in the High Camp and Gold Coast areas of the resort were closed. Free bottled water was distributed to skiers throughout the resort.

Squaw Valley decided to err on the side of safety in this situation in order to protect the health of the skiers that came to the resort early this year. Right after the rain stopped, a major snow storm hit the lake Tahoe area, and Squaw Valley was flooded with early reservations. Andy Wirth, the CEO and president of the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort, issued a statement that ensured the safety of the skiers.

After the wells were treated for the first time, Liesl Kenney said three of the four wells showed a low level of coliform bacteria and no E. coli. The two water systems will remain closed until all signs of harmful bacteria have been totally eliminated from the wells.

The Success of Andy Wirth’s Endeavors

In recent news, Andy Wirth of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort has been elected to be the chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board. This honor was given to Mr. Wirth for his excellent leadership as well as his innovative solutions to bring a business out of the hole and now a nationally ranked ski resort. Andy Wirth is currently the CEO as well as the President of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort and has held the position for over six years.

Though he has recently been appointed, Mr. Wirth is no novice when it comes to this industry. Even at a young age Mr. Wirth knew that he wanted a career that would combine his love for business as well as his passion for nature. Andy Wirth has always been an individual who loves the outdoors and has spent much of his time exploring the 6,000 acres of land that is owned by the Squaw Valley Ski Resort.

Andy Wirth earned the position as chairman through his demonstration of being an exceptional leader who represents both the needs of the producer as well as the needs of the consumer. Andy Wirth is a rare businessman who has always involved the locals with every decision that he makes for the future of the ski resort. Learn more about Andy Wirth:

In recent news, Andy Wirth has had to make some tough decisions in order to preserve his resort despite the current drought that has been plaguing the West Coast. As a result of the drought, Mr. Wirth and his team have made many investments in not only renewable energy, but also in the snow making business.

These many investments will make sure that the resort will continue to thrive during the winter even with the lack of snowfall. Andy Wirth is a passionate individual who wants to see the Squaw Valley Ski Resort continue to grow and to flourish.