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Ski Patrol Member Killed in Tahoe Avalanche

TRUCKEE, Calif. (KTLA) — An avalanche at a Lake Tahoe area ski resort has claimed the life of a veteran member of the ski patrol team.

It happened on Monday at the Alpine Meadows Resort, near Truckee.

Bill Foster, 53, had 28 years of experience with the ski patrol. Ironically, he was buried while doing avalanche control work.

The slide had been intentionally set with an explosive device by a senior member of the ski patrol team to prevent random avalanches.

The avalanche broke much higher and wider on the slope than in past snow safety missions, the resort said.

Foster was found in about a minute and uncovered within eight minutes.

Members of the ski patrol team performed CPR before he was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.

Another avalanche at the neighboring Donner Ski Ranch also killed a man on Monday.

Steven Mark Anderson, 49, of Truckee, was buried in an avalanche while snowboarding. A search dog found his body under two to three feet of snow.

Tahoe-area resorts received at least three feet of snow in a series of storms from Friday through Sunday.