Jared was an avid skier and keen scientist who lost his life in January 2005 while backcountry skiing at Mount Seymour in the North Shore Mountains near Vancouver. Jared was a member of the Avalanche Research Group in the Atmospheric Science program and was pursuing research on mountain weather forecasting for the purposes of snow avalanche prediction. Given his background in physics and his knowledge of mountain conditions, he showed great promise of making significant research contributions to this field. Jared also loved mountain recreational activities and it is regrettable that he died doing what he loved most of all - being in the mountains, hiking, skiing, exploring, and discovering new things.
A $1000 annual prize has been endowed by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Jared. The prize is for Master of Science students in Geography who have demonstrated excellence in their final year of study. The prize is made on the recommendation of the Department of Geography in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
In addition, the Jared Stanley Memorial Mountain Safecty Lecture series has been established and run in every year since 2005. The lecture, held near the date of Jared's birthday, is intended to cover a range of topics related to and promoting safe travel and recreation in the mountains.