The Squaw Valley Ski resort is known for the incredible amount of snowfall it gets every year. Even when the weather doesn’t cooperate, Squaw Valley is able to produce enough snow to cover its popular slopes. The slopes and trails at Squaw Valley are world famous. Skiers from countries around the world have been coming to the border of Nevada and California to ski for more than 60 years. The rich and famous, as well as average citizens, mix and mingle in the restaurants, lodges, and slopes of one of the world’s most recognizable ski resorts in the world.
CEO Andy Wirth has turned Squaw Valley into a major destination for people that enjoy fine dining, excellent accommodations, and world-class ski slopes. Wirth manages Squaw Valley with the preciseness of a diamond cutter. Guests enjoy the top-notch service and the safety that Squaw Valley offers them. Other ski resorts try to copy what Wirth and his executive team have put together in Squaw Valley, but they fail.
But Squaw Valley’s location does make it vulnerable. The weather always makes operating the resort challenging. The last five years have been a major operational challenge for ski resorts in the Western part of the United States. The drought forced several ski resorts out of business. The resorts that stayed opened operated with fewer skiers, and warmer weather. But, 2015 was a good year for ski resorts. The 2016 prediction is even better. Squaw Valley got ready for an early season in 2016, but a major rain storm created a huge challenge for the resort. A freak torrential rain flooded four wells that service two water systems. The flooded wells were contaminated with harmful bacteria. When the rain stopped, the resort did routine water tests, and the tests showed an E. coli contamination.
The resort immediately contacted the Environmental Health Department in Placer County and the Squaw Valley Public Service District. Other health experts were called in to assess the situation, according to the Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Liesl Kenney. Kenney issued a formal statement to the press that reinforced Squaw Valley’s commitment to protect the safety of the skiers. Kenney said restaurants in the two areas of the resort that use the water systems serviced by the wells were closed. She also said the resort was providing free bottled water for all skiers.
Thanks to the organizations that helped clean the wells, three of the four wells recently tested negative for E. coli. There are still low levels of the coliform bacteria in the wells, but Kenney said the wells will be free of all harmful bacteria soon. The water systems at the High Camp and Gold Coast areas of the resort will remain closed until health officials say the four wells are safe.
Andy Wirth and his staff have a reputation of putting safety in front of everything else at Squaw Valley. The Squaw Valley ski resort recently merged with the Alpine Meadows ski resort, and that merger produced a ski complex that has few peers when it comes to safety, excellent ski conditions and a world-class service.