Squaw Valley’s Abundance of Caution for Upper Mountain Water Systems

Squaw Valley Ski Holdings responded to reports of E. coli and coliform found in the Upper Mountain water system on November 8, 2016, updating the public on the steps that have been taken toward resolving the problem.


Squaw Valley’s routine testing that prompted the discovery, which was reported to Placer County Department of Water Quality that day. It was later determined that unusually heavy rainstorms affected an upgraded water system at High Camp and Gold Coast, flooding it. As a result, the water was contaminated. However, it is important to note that the issue was limited to this water system only, and, the contaminated water never reached the public.


Since its discovery, Upper Mountain has been regularly treated and monitored carefully. According to Squaw Valley, three of four wells in Upper Mountain currently show low levels of coliform, but the presence of E. coli is no longer detected. Water usage will remain limited at High Camp and Gold Coast until independent water safety experts as well as public health officials have declared the water safe again. As a cautious measure, restaurants remain closed and skiers cannot drink the water.


Squaw Valley continues to diligently work restoring the water supply to normal in collaboration with Placer County Environmental Health and Squaw Valley Public Service District in order to ensure the safety of their guests. While the problem is being resolved, guests will still have full access to their facilities. Squaw Valley is providing free bottled water to their guests while remediation efforts are underway.