Bill Foster, the veteran snow patrolman from Alpine Meadows has died from injuries caused in Monday's accident.
Due to heavy snowfall throughout the Lake Tahoe region, Alpine Meadows crews had been performing avalanche control throughout resort. The 53 year old was caught in an avalanche created by himself and his patrolmen at around 10:45am in a closed area on the backside of the resort.
Fellow patrolmen found Foster nearly immediately thanks to the efforts of their rescue dog, and managed to uncover him within 8 minutes. They administered CPR and airlifted the
ir fallen brethren to the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. Tragically, despite all their best efforts, Foster succumbed to his injuries.
Alpine Meadows released a statement late Wednesday afternoon:
“The team at Alpine Meadows would like to acknowledge the loss of Bill Foster a valued 25-year member of our patrol. He was one of our best and most experienced patrol members and will truly be missed by the Alpine Meadows family. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s family and friends. We also want to acknowledge and thank our entire patrol team for their hard work and valuable contribution to the Alpine Meadows experience.”