Alpine Meadows’ fallen patroller to be memorialized with dog adoption room |

Alpine Meadows’ fallen patroller to be memorialized with dog adoption room

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley announced the dedication of the Bill Foster dog adoption room to be built as part of the new Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe shelter, scheduled to be constructed this fall.

Bill Foster was a 30-year veteran ski patroller who tragically lost his life this past December while on duty at Alpine Meadows.

Foster was a mentor and coach to every Alpine Meadows dog trainer, past and present. Foster's vision was the avalanche rescue dog program was not a solo effort, but rather it should bring together handlers, dogs and the community. To honor Foster, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley complemented funds raised by the Bill Foster memorial fund with the Humane Society to secure a dog adoption room in his name.

"As part of the Humane Society's campaign to raise money to open the new shelter this fall, there were 10 'dog adoption real life rooms' available and Squaw/Alpine claimed the last one to honor Bill," said Stephanie Nistler, executive director, Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. "The dog adoption rooms are among the most public rooms and it's a tremendous gesture to show the people who made donations in Bill's name that he will be a lasting legacy."

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of pets through adoptions, community spay/neuter services and humane education programs. For more information call 530-587-5948 or visit

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on one lift ticket or season pass. For more information about Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows, visit or or call 1-800-403-0206.

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