Skiing has been a huge part of Bob's entire life. His parents actually met on the chairlift. Bob started his race career at the age of 7 as a Bluewood Mighty Mite. Traveling the northwest racing for the Bluewood Blazers for the next 11 years until graduation of high school. He then moved onto the University of Idaho were he continued to ski and competed on the U of I Rugby team. Interest in business led him to graduating in 2001 with a degree in marketing. After graduation Bob relocated to Sun Valley Idaho with no job, no place to live, but having a dream of the mountain lifestyle. "I grew up going to Sun Valley every winter, it's a magical place." Walla Walla was eventually to call him back with a job opportunity at Nelson Irrigation Corporation. Bob is a Territory Manager for Nelson and currently serving as the President of the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association.
The ski tradition has continued with Bob instructing his two children. The oldest joining BART this year at the age of 7. Being a coach for BART allows Bob to build strong citizens with respect for the mountain, other skiers/snowboarders and themselves.
Aryn has been skiing since he was about 2 years old. Grew up in Bremerton, and made the decision to move to Angel Fire when he was 15 years old to continue ski racing and eventually to teach. With three girls interested in racing, it was a natural decision to become a coach for the BART team. Aryn will be focusing on setting a curriculum for the athletes that are traveling and competing this season.
Rob Blethen grew up near Seattle and raced for the Crystal Mountain Alpine Club for six years. He earned a spot on two Pacific Northwest Ski Association Junior Olympic teams as a J3 (now U14) and J2 (now U16). Rob was also a member of the University of Washington Ski Team for one year. His daughter, Abby, is a U14 BART racer. Rob will be focusing on the older racers this year and is excited to help each reach their potential.