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Grassroots Alpine Meadows group to hold meeting Saturday

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ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. — The grassroots group Friends of Alpine Meadows will host its first public meeting on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. at the Tahoe Mill Collective, 150 Alpine Meadows Road.

FoAM will present the results of a recent Alpine Meadows user survey, which had more than 500 responses, as well as discuss the goals of the organization.

"We have been meeting regularly as we develop our grassroots movement," steering committee member Ozzy Simpson said in a statement. "We look forward to sharing our progress so far and road map forward with fellow members of the Alpine Meadows community."

FoAM was created last year, and on Dec. 22, 2014, it announced its movement to preserve the identity, character and culture of the ski area that merged four years ago with neighboring Squaw Valley.

According to the group, KSL Capital Partners, owner of Squaw Valley, bought Alpine in 2011, the resorts' CEO, Andy Wirth, assured people there would be a "fervent commitment to maintain each resort's distinctive character."

"However, under the new ownership, adult lift ticket prices have raised by over 40 percent, the Alpine Meadows logo, website and social media sites have been eliminated, and many long time employees have departed," according to a press release from the group.

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The meeting is free to attend. Visit FriendsofAM.com to learn more about the group.