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Experienced Skier Dead after Christmas Eve Avalanche at Alpine Meadows

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An experienced skier has been identified as the man who died of his injuries on Christmas Day, after getting caught in an avalanche at Alpine Meadows on Christmas Eve.

Bill Foster, 53, was said to be a one of the most experienced ski patrol members, with 28 years under his belt. The avalanche that mortally wounded him was triggered by an explosive thrown by another ski patrol member.

Officials note that the resulting avalanche behaved unexpectedly, breaking higher and wider than usual.

Foster was buried, but was found within a minute. It took eight minutes to dig him out. He was then taken to Renown Hospital in Reno where he later died on Christmas day.

The deadly avalanched happened in the Sherwood Bowl area, with it being closed at the time of the slide.

This is the second deadly avalanche in the past two days in the Sierra. A snowboarder was killed Christmas morning after getting caught up in an avalanche at Donner Ski Ranch, Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies say.

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