RIP Theo Meiners

The Ski Snowboard World has just lost another special person.  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.

Anchorage Police are investigating a fatal fall that happened at the Dena’ina Center Thursday night.

According to police, 59-year-old Theodore Meiner fell from the second floor escalator balcony, after apparently playing on the escalator rails at about 11:30 p.m.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said there had been a party going at the center, and that Meiner had been drinking.

Published floor plans for the Denai’na Center indicate that the first floor ceilings are 30 feet high, so the victim fell from a height at least that great.