1 of 4
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Ian Cumming attends the groundbreaking for the new David Eccles School of Business and the construction of the C. Roland Christensen Center at the University of Utah in this Sept. 15, 1998 file photo.

SALT LAKE CITY — Ian Cumming, a ski resort owner, businessman and Democratic donor who formerly lived in Utah, died Friday. He was 77 years old.

Cumming died Friday morning in Jackson, Wyoming, surrounded by his family, Snowbird Ski Resort General Manager Dave Fields said.

Cumming ran Powdr Corp., the private corporation that bought Park City Ski Area more than two decades ago, along with several other ski areas, and had a majority stake in Snowbird.

Cumming later made Jackson his primary residence.

Nathan Rafferty, CEO and president of Ski Utah, called Cumming "a true Utah ski industry icon."

"Our thriving industry wouldn't be where it is today without Ian's vision and leadership," Rafferty said, adding his thoughts were with Cumming's family.

For years, Cumming was a top political donor in Utah, supporting Democratic candidates and causes in the state.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said in a statement: "Utah has lost a great community supporter with the passing of Ian Cumming." McAdams called Cumming a friend and key supporter of Utah's preparations to build and manage venues for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson said Cumming was "a self-made successful business leader and philanthropist who contributed greatly to Utah, most recently by ownership of Snowbird."

Wilson said he was known as a sharp business mind with a keen sense of humor who loved his family and community.

1 comment on this story

"I was deeply saddened to read of Ian Cumming’s passing," said Patricia Morton, dean of the University of Utah College of Nursing. "Ian and Annette Poulson Cumming have been kind and generous benefactors of the College of Nursing over many years. His deep love for Annette is most evident in his initiative to name the college’s newly renovated building after her at a grand reopening in 2010.

"He will be sorely missed by the College of Nursing family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Annette and the Cumming children and grandchildren at this difficult time."