A water quality issue was detected and first reported on November 8th in Squaw Valley’s upper mountain after a heavy rainstorm in October that resulted in contaminating the new water system just installed over summer. Since then, Placer County Department of Environmental Health has been working to correct the issue with other leading water experts. Currently, water use is limited in some areas and restricted in others. Top-to-bottom hill skiing is still allowed but people aren’t allowed to drink the water and restaurants at the top of the hill are still closed.
To prevent any other issues from occurring, regular water use won’t return to High Camp or Gold Coast until water safety experts and health officials give the okay.
Currently, the facilities are still open and guests have full, normal access to High Camp and Gold Coast along with free bottled water. The safety of guests at Squaw Valley is very important with this issue as well as any others. The facility won’t allow access to the water until all tests come back as safe and the issue is fully resolved. Their Public Relations Director, Liesl Kenney released all of this information with a public thank you to Placer County and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for helping with the issue. Liesl also said that everyone will be updated when everything is resolved.