Bob Dart awarded USSA award
The late Bob Dart has received the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s (USSA) Julius Blegen Award, the organization’s highest honor, in recognition of his outstanding service to the sports of skiing and snowboarding in the United States. The accolade was awarded by USSA Board of Directors member Darryl Landstrom to staff members at Winter Park Resort who worked closely with Dart and will be on display in the Winter Park Competition Center, which was so important to him during his nearly four decades at Winter Park.
Through Dart’s work with the Winter Park Comp Center, he became immersed with USSA and became a highly respected voice in the world of ski competition. In 1989, he began a long career as a FIS technical delegate, which saw him serve as TD for the 2005 World Championships in Bormio as well as the 2011 Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel, among many other assignments. As a volunteer committee and board leader, he served 16 years as head of USSA Rocky Mountain Division Board and led the FIS NorAm Cup subcommittee for nearly two decades. He was on the USSA Board of Directors from 1992-97, and again from 2005-14, when he also played a vital role in the McKinsey Study, which has helped change the face of USSA governance. His influence within USSA is exemplified in the many honors he received from the organization, including the 1992 Paul Bacon Award (recognizing service to USSA events), the 2006 Westhaven Award (recognizing USSA/FIS Technical Delegates), the 2007 Bud and Mary Little Award (recognizing service to FIS/USOC), and the 2011 John Clair Award (recognizing service to the U.S. Ski Team).
Bob Dart passed away in November of 2015 at the age of 64. He had worked at Winter Park Resort for 37 years where he served as member of the Winter Park race crew, snowmaker, Competition Center Director, and Director of Mountain Maintenance. He oversaw nearly every aspect of mountain operations, including snowmaking, grooming, terrain parks, telecommunications, slope maintenance, vehicle maintenance, and lift maintenance.
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