Jenny Kendrick, and Amelia Richmond, the PR Directors at Alpine and Squaw, sent out the press release yesterday, February 16. They are excited to be honoring Bill Foster, a veteran Ski Patroller who died in an avalanche at Alpine at the beginning of this ski season.
Foster was instrumental in building the avalanche rescue dog program at Alpine and Squaw. He was, according to Kendrick and Richmond, "...a mentor and coach to every Alpine Meadows dog trainer, past and present."
He believed that the avalanche rescue dog program should include the dogs, trainers, Ski Patrol, and the community. The result is evident in the superb program and avalanche rescue dogs at the resorts.
In order to secure the adoption room to honor Foster, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley helped fund the room, adding to the money raised by the Bill Foster memorial fund.
The Humane Society offered 10 "dog adoption real life rooms", according to Stephanie Nistler, executive director of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Squaw and Alpine claimed the last one in order to honor Bill Foster and his 30 years of protecting those on skis.
The Bill Foster dog adoption room is a very fitting tribute to the man who lovingly built the rescue dog program at Alpine Meadows.