Projects

TMSSF Bringing the “Know Before You Go” program to Jackson, WY  Middle School

We are pleased to announce that the Theo Meiners Snow Safety Foundation, in partnership with the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center and the Utah Avalanche Center, will be presenting the UAC’s highly successful “Know Before You Go” program (KBYG) November 25th for about 600 Jackson Middle School students.  The Jackson program is spearheaded by TMSSF board member Nick Houfek and TMSSF advisor Josh Pope.  Working with UAC and BTNF, TMSSF plans to help establish the KBYG program in multiple mountain communities and to add local personalities and icons, starting with Jackson Hole, to the exciting 15 minute video so that local kids can more closely connect with the message of first check with your avalanche center before venturing back country and two make smart decisions.  Check out the link to KBYG  http://utahavalanchecenter.org/know-before-you-go

TMSSF works with South American Beacon Project to finish equipping El Colorado, Chile

In August 2012, Theo travelled to El Colorado, Chile, to visit his old friend and patrol director Juan Santelices for two days.  While there, Theo trained the patrollers in avalanche safety and protocol, and conducted a mock rescue drill along with Alex Taran of the South American Beacon Project. http://www.southamericanbeaconproject.com.

Because Theo felt such a kindred spirit with the people and mountains of Chile, the Board of TMSSF thought it fitting as our inaugural project to help SABP complete the outfitting of the El Colorado ski patrol with avalanche gear.  Early this August, TMSSF helped SABP purchase the last 7 locking steel cable probes and Beast shovels needed to complete that task.  In addition, TMSSF  funded the AIARE Level 2 avalanche certification of one SABP’s regional directors so that he may in turn may pass that knowledge on to others, just as Theo had.  Alex and SABP are doing great work in Chile and Argentina spreading the word and making sure our snow professional  friends to the South are as knowledgeable and equipped as those in the North. Check out Alex’s blog about her work with Theo  http://www.alexandrataran.com/2013/04/08/2000-ft-slide-paths-theo-meiners-and-patron-saints-september-2012/

Continuing Theo’s Message in the Mountain Sports School, Teton Village, Jackson Hole

Theo was dedicated to education.  He spent the better part of his life teaching and training. It was extremely important to Theo that veteran and rookie instructors were armed with the knowledge for making prudent decisions in the back country of the Village and so he developed a training program for instructors at the Mountain Sports School of Jackson Hole.

TMSSF will pick up and continue this education this coming season with after work “chalk talks” covering several topics related to avalanche safety and back country decision making.