Richard D. (Dick) Bass

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Ski Pioneer

Dick Bass (1929 - 2015)

Persistent dreamer, extroverted optimist, adventurous mountaineer and energized entrepreneur, Richard D. (Dick) Bass personified each trait with nonstop verbosity and flair.

A man of insatiable curiosity and determination, Dick’s accomplishments were mountainous, literally and figuratively. They range from being the first to reach the summit of the highest mountain in each of the world’s continents to nurturing Utah’s Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort into a world-class, year-round destination. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but since the age of three made Dallas, Texas his home.

As a graduate of Yale in 1950, Dick’s multi-faceted credentials included successful forays into geology, petroleum engineering, ranching, and recreation. In 1962 he was one of the original investors in Vail Ski Resort and in 1986 co-authored the book, Seven Summits, about his climbing adventures. His undaunted optimism and determination are founded in his mantra that “if it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.” Utah’s Snowbird Resort, which he opened in 1971, stands as a living testimonial to his words.