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post #91 of 217

I don't know whether I have chatted with you on this forum but I feel very deeply sadden by this news.

There is nothing more tragic than the lost of a child. There is nothing more unthinkable than the sudden lost of a child. There is nothing that can impact one's life than the lost of a child.

Stay strong and focus on what's ahead of you. Keep the fondest memory of Wallace. It's the hardest thing (particularly for the parents) but you and your family will get through this. Stick together. This is when your family will need each other the most.

With deepest sympathy, Wai
post #92 of 217
weems and nancy--
may courage and grace see you through this hardest of times . . . a life lived well is some solace, but so much solace is needed.
post #93 of 217
Weems and family,

I am so sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
post #94 of 217
I would like to offer my condolences and deepest sympathies to Weems and family. There were lots of tragedies and injuries this year, but this has really brought me to tears. So very, very sad ...
post #95 of 217
Weems my sincere Condolences to you, your family, and friends of your son during this tragedy. Spiros
post #96 of 217
Tragic. Sending prayers and ++++++ to you and your family.
post #97 of 217
Weems, I can't begin to tell you how sad this makes us feel.

Best wishes to you and your family as you work your way through this heartbreaking time.
post #98 of 217
At a loss for words. You have my sympathy.
post #99 of 217
Weems, I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. You've got an entire community behind you.
post #100 of 217
May he rest in peace is all I can say
post #101 of 217
Weems and family, its hurts to imagine the pain and suffering your family is going though. Your son, his friends and your family are in our prayers and thoughts....
post #102 of 217
Weems -

All the best to you and the family in the wake of your loss.

It seems that Wallace loved his life and lived it to the fullest - that's the most a person could ask for on this mortal coil.

Peace to you....
post #103 of 217
Words fail.

But you are in our thoughts and hearts.
post #104 of 217
Weems--I'm speechless and heartbroken by this news. Prayers and best wishes to you and your family.
post #105 of 217

All my love to Weems and his family...

I just posted this to my blog, but wanted to share it directly with this incredible community who has known and loved Weems and his family for so long.

While I was at Epic Ski, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Weems Westfeldt, a true pioneer in the sport of skiing, and author of the book Brilliant Skiing Every Day.

Weems is a man with contagious humor, the feeling when he enters the room is one of abject joy. Even though I had only JUST met him, Weems took time out of his busy schedule to encourage me to ski my best, he was hooting at me from the lift, waving at me from the ground, and sharing the experiences of his life in skiing when we got to walk and talk together.

On Saturday, we were walking down the hall of the Huntly with Squatty, and talking about our kids, my two boys and their skiing, and Weem's TRIPLETS! They are all 22 years old, and all very accomplished skiers and riders. Weems was smiling and laughing while he was relating the crazy things his kids can do on skis, and his pride in them was obvious. This is a man who loves his kids with everything he's got, and he puffs up proudly while laughing at their antics.

The first thought that I had was that this is parenting to emulate. The family seemed tight, happy, accomplished and encouraged. This is the kind of parent I hope I can be. When they told me one of the kids was a racer, I immediately thought of the dangers of the sport, and asked myself if I would be able to let go of my own personal fear in able to be able to encourage my kids if that's the path that they choose. Could I, like Bode Miller's parents, stand on the side and watch Ethan or Bodhi ride a fence line, possibly into a horrific crash? Could I, like Mike Hickey's parents, watch him and his friends ski off the roof of the bar because, hey, there's powder up there? Can I learn to be like Weems and just be proud of the passion my kids have, and encourage it, smiling? I hope so.

The next day, Weems and Squatty left for Aspen, and called to leave me a good luck message. Later that day, Saquatty called to tell me that Wallace Westfeldt, one of Wemms boys, had died in a skiing accident while filming a movie for the Aspen Skiing Company.

No words can even express the devistation his family must be feeling. A parent should never have to outlive thier children.

Weems, I just want to tell you that in the few days I got to meet you, I felt an enormous fondness for you and an incredible amount of love and support from you. Your boys are so lucky to have a father like you, and all I can think is how tremendously happy Wallace must have been in his life to feel the love and support and enthusiasm that lives inside you. All my love and thoughts are with you and your family.

post #106 of 217
It is easy to write of joy, it is impossible to write of grief; we're here to share both with you, Weems.

May the echoes of one find you the path through the other. PJ
post #107 of 217
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Katy Perrey
post #108 of 217
Weems I'm so, so sad to hear of your son's passing. Words don't really work at time like this, so I hope you can feel this big Montana hug coming your way. My eyes are weeping and my heart is heavy for you and yours.
post #109 of 217
Sincere condolences for your tragic loss Weems. Prayers sent.
post #110 of 217

I was at Snowmass on Friday and Saturday taking a PSIA clinic and got the news on Friday evening. You were one of my examiners in 20+ years ago and have been a clinic leader in several clinics I have attended over the years. Truely I have never met anyone more in love with skiing, life, and humanity than you. Reading the notes here confirm that.

On Saturday our group, consisting of many of your friends and co-workers, dedicated our skiing to Wallace. There were some great turns made, and all of them with Wallace and his family in mind.

As a father and a skiier, it is impossible to understand how hard this must be on you and your family. Still it breaks my heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

post #111 of 217
Dear Weems,

My heartfelt sorrow in reading of your loss.

post #112 of 217

My family hurts for yours and all who mourn the loss of Wallace. We have been down a similar path, so we hold you deep in our hearts and prayers.
post #113 of 217
I am late as usual, but offer my heart-felt sympathy. Please know that the thoughts and wishes of this whole community are with you and yours.

Condolences, Weems.
post #114 of 217
Weems, my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.
post #115 of 217
Weems you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time....
post #116 of 217
Deepest sympathies. Our prayers are with you.
post #117 of 217
Very sorry to hear this tragic news. Makes all other discussions on the board superfluous. God bless.
post #118 of 217
Weems --

It breaks my heart to think of the pain you and your family must be going through. However, if your son had even half of the love of the mountains that you exhibited this last week, I know that in his last hours he had a smile as wonderful, joyful, and beatific as the one I saw on your face Thursday. And that's as much as any of us can hope for in our final hours.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

post #119 of 217
We’ve never met, but I love the spirit you bring to this place and to the sport of skiing. Please accept my condolences for your tragic loss.
Tim F.
post #120 of 217
This is so bad to hear. I hope that you all can find the strength to persevere through all this. I'm very sorry for you.
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