View Full Version : Brent Newton photos and memories
01-29-2005, 08:42 PM
To help you all to understand the man behind this year's Summit charity,
I thought I would start a thread devoted to the positive stoke that is Brent "Newt" Newton.
Please feel free to post any pics or stories you may have.
He really was an outstanding skier, father, husband, friend, and human being.
The money raised at this year's Summit event will make a difference in the lives of Brent and Sheryl's young sons, Owen (2 years) and Warren (4 months old).
check the website for contributions by mail:
Or Paypal some pocket dough to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all the fun times, Brent.
You had an amazing ability to turn a mediocre day into a great day.
Your positive spirit will be greatly missed.
01-29-2005, 08:45 PM
Here's one showing Newt's childlike fascination and happiness.
On the saddle between NoName and Rendezvous the wind was howling.
While most of us were hunkered down, I caught Newt having a great time flying into the wind like a five year old. :)
01-29-2005, 08:58 PM
When the backcountry was rotten, and inbounds got boring, Newt would go out of his way to spice it up. Usually he did it with a Hawaiian Aloha shirt, but this day he put together the ultimate banana yellow ski outfit.
Also, mostly I knew him with long hair, but here he is with short hair because he donated his long hair to "locks of love" which makes wigs for cancer patients, etc. I never asked him how many times he had done this, but he made it clear that it was not the first time.
He was a fireman to save lives. But he also understood that something as simple as hair can be a gift to those that need it.
That's how much love this guy had for the world.
Note also the classic "tweaker" sunglasses. :cool:
01-29-2005, 09:13 PM
And of course, little man Owen, happily doing gondola laps with dad.
01-30-2005, 07:56 PM
After hitting St. Pattys on St. Pattys day, Newt was the only one to go for the center of the Womb. I went around and did a fallopian tube, but Newt went for the Birth Canal.
It was gnar and sketchy at the top, and when he landed a drop he hit rock, lost a ski and was expelled from the womb.
We sat below, watching him hike back up. I though he left a pole or ski up there, but turns out he wanted to finish the run where he left it.
After waiting for him to hike up and ski back down, he returned to us "born again" and grinning ear to ear.
02-03-2005, 08:30 AM
I guess I'm just having a conversation with myself.
Oh well, nothing new for me.
For those going to summit, have a great time.
For those not going, we should continue to donate and to post to other ski boards throughout the world for donations.
Anyone can spare 5, 10 or $20 by papal to email@example.com, and together we can make a difference.
At the summit, see if you can get the video put together by Jeff, Darrell and Rick that they showed at the Moose fundraiser. Pretty good stuff there.
02-03-2005, 09:13 AM
I had these pictures from before and was going to send them to you, I'm glad you started this thread.
In short myself, SkiJunky, t-bar, and other fellow UVM-ers had the pleasure of seeing Brent almost everyday in the tram line. He always was silent no attitude, and always looked perfectly content. We were introduced to the backcountry when, on our first day out, we see Brent drop fat bastard on a cold, windy, blowing snow day, scrape the rocks below and come up smiling. We were awed and amazed for the rest of our two week stay. We were lucky enough to find ourselves in the gondola with him a couple days later and we talked about his drop and just skiing. He was the nicest, most personable guy we've ever met. I will be forever affected by his passing and I hope he becomes a Jackson Hole legend...although it appears he already has.
On the tram for another silent and deep lap
ScottG, if you want high res copies of these, don't hesitate to PM me.
02-04-2005, 07:10 AM
I can, and have, skied with a lot of JHAF folks, but Newt was one of the rare aggro skiers that was just as happy dialing things down for a mellow run.
Most of my tours with him were pretty relaxed powder patrols. Some aggro skiers are always itching to huck something on the way. Or they are antsy or bummed out about not taking the ultra gnarly line. Newt was different. He really enjoyed skiing as a social sport. Last winter was my wife's first real backcountry season, and he was great touring with her. His calm, relaxing and happy demeanor put her at ease.
It is a shame your UVM team didn't get to know him better. I'm glad you at least had that brief gondola ride together.
Man, the partying I did with that guy at our house in Durango will always make me laugh.............
so long NEWT!!!!!!!
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