Snowbird Co-founder Dick Bass Dies at 85

Bass was first to complete "Seven Summits" and co-founded Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in 1971

Dick Bass, co-founded Snowbird in 1971. PHOTO: Courtesy of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Dick Bass co-founded Snowbird in 1971. PHOTO: Courtesy of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Richard Daniel “Dick” Bass, the first person to climb the highest point on each of the seven continents, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the age of 85 surrounded by family in Dallas, Texas. He suffered from pulmonary fibrosis.

Born December 21, 1929, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bass completed the “Seven Summits” at age 55, in 1985, when he summited Mount Everest on his fourth attempt with guide and lifelong friend David Breashears. Bass co-founded Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in 1971 with Ted Johnson and maintained sole ownership of the Utah resort for four decades until the Bass family sold its majority interest to Ian Cumming in May 2014.

“The Snowbird family is mourning the loss of a great man who changed so many of our lives for the better,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar, who worked for Bass since before the resort opened.

Bass is survived by wife Alice, four children and 13 grandchildren, as well as five step-children and 11 step-grandchildren.

Bass was known for his love of poetry, art, travel, literature, and people. A conversation with Bass was never brief but always entertaining with his homespun aphorisms he called “Bassisms.”