Meiners (center) seen here with Doug Coombs and Chris Leveroni.

Legendary Alaska heli-ski pioneer Theo Meiners fell to his death last night at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The owner of Alaska Rendezvous Heli-Guides, Meiners was there for the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW), a convention of leading snow scientists and avalanche experts held every two years. According to reports from Alaska news agencies, the 59-year-old Meiners fell from a second-floor escalator. Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene.

POWDER will provide more information once details of the tragic fall become available and are confirmed.

One of the first to dedicate his life to heli skiing in Alaska, Meiners worked for Valdez Heli-Ski Guides from 1996 to 2000 alongside Doug Coombs and other luminaries. A certified ski instructor for over 30 years, he coached and guided skiing around the world at such places as Aspen, Jackson, Chile, and Alaska.

Meiners attended the five-day ISSW as a leading snow scientist. He was appointed the National Ski Patrol Regional Avalanche Advisor for the Northern Intermountain Division due to his extensive work and research of avalanches in the Tetons and Alaska.