Sean McManamy shared his knowledge of snow and avalanches with Alaskans as an AAS instructor from 2007-2016. He studied snow science at Alaska Pacific University and worked his way through various instructor roles at AAS creating innovative curriculum and publishing materials useful to the field of avalanche safety. Many of our staff still use Sean’s slides in their lectures created when he was actively teaching.

In 2009, Sean published a piece in The Avalanche Review “ATES and Turnagain Glisse” (TAR Issue 27.3). He looked at the Canadian Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale and layered its definitions and codes over popular riding areas in Southcentral Alaska. He was a professional member of the American Avalanche Association, guide member of the Heli Ski Association, had Level 3 avalanche training, was an observer for the Chugach Avalanche Center, taught snow science as adjunct faculty at APU, and volunteered at many International Snow Science Workshops.

After his work with AAS, Sean continued his career in snow as a climbing and ski guide. He died in a helicopter crash above the Knik Glacier on Saturday March, 27th 2021. Sean will be missed by our staff and students lucky enough to spend a day in the field with him learning to avoid avalanche hazards.

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