Squaw Valley is without question one of the most sought after destinations when it comes to skiing and snowboarding in the United States, as well as the entire world, as the massive mountain has some amazing snow and trails for riders of every level. Squaw Valley has hosted the Olympics as well, taking the 1960 Winter Olympics to the Lake Tahoe area of California, and are again fighting to get the games back in Tahoe for 2022, or 2026. However, Squaw Valley is not immune to internal problems, as there have been some concerns as of recent, regarding the water supply, specifically to the upper lodges on the mountain. There are several lodges on the mountain, but the wells and the water supply that serves the upper mountain, including several restaurants that skiers and snowboarders frequent, are not accessible at this time.
Squaw Valley has released a statement, as news has reported that there is E. Coli and Coliform bacteria in the drinking water in several locations on the mountain. This has gotten quite a bit of news and has caused a lot of concern for skiers and snowboarders that have been gearing up to hit the slopes. So far this year, quite a bit of snow has been dumped on the mountain, far more than in years passed, as there has been a nasty drought that has engulfed this section of California. With so many people gearing up to have an action packed season at Squaw Valley, this news has put a lot of people off, leading some families to change their plans and head to other resorts in the area. However, Squaw Valley has been fighting tooth and nail to get the problem under control and have been treating the water on a regular basis, hoping that the levels of E. Coli and Coliform will dissipate completely before the season gets in full swing. Currently, the High Camp and Gold Coast are closed and no one is allowed to drink the water in these areas, until the water has been tested to show that there are no harmful contaminants.
The cause of the E. Coli and Coliform problem is a result of a massive amount of rainfall that hit the area during the month of October. This led to the water supply being compromised, but in the long run, this may be a great thing for the mountain, as well as the Lake Tahoe area of California in general. While skiers and snowboarders are not going to be able to relax and grab some lunch at High Camp until the water supply has been confirmed to be completely safe for people to drink, you can bet there is going to be some amazing snow to ride on. Given the choice, most people would choose better snow, a better season for riding and consistent open slopes, over not being able to drink the water at High Camp and Gold Coast, but it is a great thing to know that Squaw is taking the problem seriously and being proactive and safe with the issue.
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