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Obermeyer


As a young man Klaus studied to become an Aeronautical Engineer in Munich, Germany. Klaus made his way to the United States at the age of 27. He spent his first winter in Sun Valley where he sold Bavarian Neckties and shoestrings alongside film producer Warren Miller. After his first Winter season he moved to Aspen where he became a ski school instructor. It was this job that lead to the founding of Sport Obermeyer in 1947.

Skiing was a relatively new sport at the time and people were not properly dressed for the sport. He was determined to keep his ski school students on the slopes and the only way to do this was to keep them warm and comfortable. Klaus made a parka out of the down blanket his mother packed for him when he left for the states. Thus the first down parka was born. Klaus fondly remembers her saying that if you are going to North America it must be cold because it has “North” in the name!

At 95 Klaus still resides on his 100 acre ranch in the Roaring Fork Valley and comes into work five days a week with a smile and hello to each and every employee. He leads by example skiing most days of the season as he says “The days you don’t ski you don’t get back.” Klaus is a true legend in the ski industry. His enthusiasm is contagious, his energy seemingly endless and his optimism is without bounds.

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