Skiing legend Theo Meiners passed away late this Thursday night after a tragic fall at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

Growing up skiing in the Chugach Mountains at Arctic Valley and Aleyeska in Alaska, Theo was one of the Alaska backcountry pioneers. Skiing with the likes of Doug Coombs, Theo racked up first descents. He was the founder and owner of Alaska Rendezvous Heli-Guides, a ski instructor at Jackson Hole, part of the Jackson Hole Air Force, and a ski patrol trainer in El Colorado, Chile. He made it his prerogative to understand the dynamics of avalanches and avalanche survival techniques, and then pass on his knowledge to help the rest of us stay safe in the backcountry.

Theo ran Alaska Rendezvous with his children Aidan and Ali. We send our best to his family and loved ones. He will be missed!

Theo was attending the Anchorage 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. He was pronounced dead at the scene.







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  1. h says:

    you drink and screw around on 2 story escalators, you fall and die. when will they learn

  2. Evan says:

    story sounds a bit strange……suicide maybe? Can’t see why, but who knows…

    • WOW says:

      Suicide in the middle of the convention? I don’t think so. Sounds like a complete (and very sad) accident to me. It’s especially tough knowing how many stupid things we’ve all done and gotten lucky by not getting injured.

      From the Anchorage Daily News:

      ‘A man trying to ride the escalator down on the handrail inside the Dena’ina Convention Center died Thursday night after falling two stories, Anchorage police report. The man, Theodore Meiners, 59, had been attending the International Snow Science Workshop at the convention center, said police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers. He may have been drinking, she said.’

  3. Stephen says:

    Out of everything he has done. That is the way he dies. That just blows my mind.

  4. AKFreeski says:

    We’ll miss you brother. Thank you for the legacy you’ve lived and left.

  5. Guest says:

    I couldn’t help but think about how Cody Marshall severely injured himself in the same way… Thoughts go out to Theo’s love ones. RIP.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Very Very Sad, thoughts and prayers to his family and friends

  7. Rip says:

    Theo was a great dude enjoyed riding with him….hope they keep the heli operation going…you will be missed. Thanks Theo…….

  8. Rob Goski says:

    RIP Theo! A great man with plenty of stoke to share, a pioneer and mentor for all who agree that Thompson Pass Kicks Ass!

  9. Nah says:

    This is how Jeffy Anderson died…Piss drunk and fell off a banister 4 stories up.


  10. Misty & Ben Garberson says:

    I’ m soo sad to hear about such a tragedy, Theo will be missed. He was well loved and respected in the ski industry. He took me under my wing in Alaska to make sure I was safe and had the best time ever. Best memories ever! Which the rendezvous heli ski company is top of the line. My thoughts and prayers go to his friends and family. He was an awesome individual and an extreme sports enthusiast! We love you. (sorry for your loss Aden & Alley) ;(

  11. Greg Simoneau says:

    Skied with Theo at Jackson in the Steep and Deep Camps……hiked out to Cody Peak and he tought me how to rip the steep shit!…. He asked me before dropping in “you got my back man?”……yes Theo…..I got it…. RIP man…..may you ski POW forever….

  12. Anonymous says:

    I would like to recommend not being so quick to judge, someone you obviously never knew. Anyone who really knows Theo, knows truth. Love to his huge family for such a tragic loss, thankful for all he gave. Love is power.

  13. Greg says:

    Theo was the man; driven, articulate, intelligent, and full of stories. He was someone who was sought out for his opinion on the snowpack during all the big storms. I will miss his wide eyed looks and his enthusiasm for skiing. “We never stop skiing, we just take breaks between runs” TM.

    oh yeah, fuck you h


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