Correspondent Harriet Wallis Recalls Dick’s Uniqueness

Dick Bass' oriental rugs were hung in the Snowbird lodge by mountain climbers. Credit: Harriet Wallis
Climbers hang rugs on 11-story Atrium wall.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Dick Bass was always enthusiastic about everything. He was witty and lively, and he always seemed to be in a jovial

Snowbird founder Dick Bass had a fabulous collection of oriental rugs. Credit: Harriet Wallis
Snowbird founder Dick Bass inspects some of his fabulous collection of Oriental rugs
Credit: Snowbird

mood. He often spent time at his loved Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and you could always tell when he was there because he’d be in the center of a group and he’d keep them laughing. He loved to indulge anyone who would listen to his tales and insights. Because of his talkative nature he called himself “the big mouth Bass.”

He loved art and literature, and he had an incredible Oriental rug collection that he displayed at Snowbird. The huge, colorful rugs carpeted many floors in the Cliff Lodge. Skiers probably had no idea they were walking on a fabulous collection. For other rugs, he hired rock climbers to scale the massive 11-story tall concrete walls in the lodge’s Atrium and hang them there for display.

Dick Bass seemed to function on only one speed: full speed ahead. We’ll miss him.

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