Heli Ski Pioneer Dies in Fall

Theo Meiners, owner of Alaska Rendezvous Heli-Guides, fatally falls in accident

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.

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  • Phipper

    Um. . . I think that’s Mike Fischer in the middle, not Teddy.

  • Phipper

    With Doug and Chris Leveroni

  • Robb Maris

    Theo: He was the innermost rage of the snowstorm delivering his passions and insights to countless legions of mountain gliders, yet as loving as the soft snow left behind for all to discover.

    Guide, Father, Mentor, Friend. We all love you and always will. Eternally gliding on…
    Robb Maris

  • Javier Turrillas

    Desde Chile, te amamos con todo el corazón Theo fuiste Maestro y amigo, que el espíritu de la montaña te proteja por toda la eternidad,
    Un abrazo hermano

  • Steve Jordan

    Theo was so energized when he returned from Chile. He talked of his visit with Javier. The lodge addition is looking exactly as he planned and he was looking forward to this Sunday when his new girl friend and daughter were coming to Alaska. He was even moping the floor of the Billy Club!. We have all lost a part of us and a good friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carl.gustave Carl Gustave

    R.I.P. Theo. I will never forget the joy he added to our ski mission at Jackson Hole when we skied with him everyday for a week. He took us off cliffs, down chutes, through virgin powder bowls, bouncing through the bumps, and partying in the clubs. He was such a great ski instructor and all around good guy totally committed to the sport.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.byrne.33886305 John Byrne

    I learned more about skiing from Theo than for all the other people in my life. We all did. A trip to ARG for a week with him was like nothing else on the planet.

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  • Matt Belford

    Passionate, Unique, Knowledgable, Teacher, Student, Mentor, Friend, Family. Theo made such a huge impact in my life and the lives of so many others worldwide. I’ll miss you forever guide brother and will carry on with your lessons ringing in my mind. From ski technique to snow morphology to guiding techniques to helicopter safety to military history and beyond he was the greatest teacher and inspirer anyone could know. Our packs and our hearts just got heavier.

  • Nik Nelson

    Gonna miss u, bro. Peace n powda 4 eva!

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  • Bob Heflin

    The best mentor/teacher any aspiring guide could have hoped for. Inspired madness, always plumbing the philosophical depths of life in the mountains.
    Really gonna miss those moments. Chile will never be the same without you brother,
    que descanses en paz amigo mio, nos veremos de nuevo algun dia

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