Vail pioneer Dick Bass dies in Dallas

Vail pioneer Dick Bass dies in Dallas
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By Randy Wyrick

VAIL — Dick Bass not only helped found Vail, he was the first person to ascend the Seven Summits.Bass died Sunday in Dallas. He was 85.Bass was one of the two legendary Bass brothers who played such a major role in founding and building Vail.Dick and his brother Harry did not disagree about much, but in 1961 and ’62 they were at loggerheads about Vail’s future. Dick wanted to invest, and Harry was a diehard Aspen fan.Dick became one of Vail’s original investors, putting $10,000 into the upstart ski area. He and his wife, Rita, built the largest house on …

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