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Richard "Dick" Bass, owner and chairman of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, was inducted into the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame during the fifth annual Utah Tourism Conference.

The award recognizes individuals whose personal efforts have contributed substantially to shaping the world's perspective of the state of Utah. Bass received the honor for a career in the ski industry and has culminated with building Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort into an internationally known mountain resort.

Bass' lifelong involvement in the ski industry began in 1962 when he invested as one of the original limited partners in the Vail Ski Resort development in Colorado. Since then, he has served on the board of directors of Vail Associates Inc., assisted with Vail's development of the Beaver Creek Ski Resort under his brother, Harry Bass Jr., and owned stock in the Aspen Ski Corporation and the Alta Ski Lifts Company.

Bass began work on Snowbird in October 1969 and had the first lifts turning by December 1971. In April 1985, at age 55, Bass became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest and the first to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents. His adventures are chronicled in the book he authored "Seven Summits."


Ski Utah has partnered with Utah Premier Cycling Club to create a recreational and competitive cycling team.

The group will consist of 100 road and mountain cycling enthusiasts. The team is open to any cyclist whether an aggressive competitor, newcomer looking to race for the first time or weekender in search of riding partners.

"This team is a great extension of the Ski Utah brand throughout the summer months," said Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah. "Many cyclists are also snowriders. In many ways, the cycling community could be considered a key target market."

Ski Utah cyclists will participate in races in several states including Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Illinois, Rhode Island, and the U.S. Masters National Championships in Kentucky.

Registration to join the Ski Utah cycling team is open now through June 2. For more information on the Ski Utah cycling team or to join, visit www.SkiUtahCycling.com.


The editors of National Geographic Traveler Magazine have selected the Sundance Resort to be included in the first annual "Stay List."

The list is in the April 2008 edition of National Geographic Traveler Magazine. The Stay List includes the top 150 properties in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean that exemplify authenticity and a sense of place.

The award takes note of hotels with "location-inspired architecture, ambience and amenities, eco-stewardship, and an ethic of giving back to community." More than 600 properties were nominated by travel experts.


Park City Nordic Ski Club was named the USSA jumping/nordic combined Club of the Year.

The club is consistently home to athletes, which is illustrated by the fact that all six women on the U.S. Women's Ski Jumping Team and one U.S. Cross Country Ski Team athlete hailed from the program.

The USSA's Snowboard Club of the Year went to Park City Snowboard Team, which hosted two major events — the Revolution Tour and Race to the Cup. The Team, under the leadership of Mike Bell got two invites to the Lake Placid World Cup, two Junior World Championships invites, a number of Revolution Tour podiums, and in alpine, multiple podiums at NorAm events.