A Story of Dedication to the Outdoor Lifestyle

It’s no coincidence that Obermeyer makes and designs high-end outdoor performance apparel. Klaus Obermeyer was born in 1919 in Oberstaufen, Germany, a small Bavarian alpine village. It was here he became an avid rock climber, ski mountaineer, ski racer and ski jumper.

When Klaus was 27 years hold he made the move to the United States, and to Sun Valley where he sold shoestrings and Bavarian neckties next to producer Warren Miller. After his first winter in the states Klaus decided to move to Aspen, Colorado to work for Aspen Ski School and follow his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.

Klaus knew people would spend more time in the mountains if they were warm and comfortable; this is how he came to found Sport Obermeyer, right in the attic of his Aspen, Colorado home. The first of many innovations was a down ski parka that Klaus himself had stitched together out of his down blankets his mother gave him. After that he followed with high-altitude suntan lotion, nylon wind shirts, mirrored sunglasses, turtlenecks and more.

In 1961 the very first Obermeyer Factory Warehouse opened in Aspen, Colorado and the innovations didn’t stop there. Obermeyer continued on to design “soft-shell” jackets, double lens goggles and the very first waterproof and breathable fabrics, changing the way people dressed on the slopes forever.

Obermeyer in the Industry Today:

Today Obermeyer’s entire design and fit process still takes place in Aspen, and their inspired collections show the commitment to create clothing and outerwear for people of all ages and outdoor adventures.

Everything Obermeyer makes is born from a mountain lifestyle and the exciting feeling of being alive. That’s probably why at the age of 98 Klaus is living on his 100 acre ranch located in Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado and showing up to work 5 days a week.

Klaus is known as a true legend in the ski industry, and at Obermeyer he is known as an enthusiastic optimist with energy beyond bounds.

Klaus’ Honors:
1985 – Pioneer of Skiing Governor’s Cup: Telluride
1994 – EOY (Entrepreneur of the Year) Program, Ernst & Young: Runner-Up
1997 – EOY (Entrepreneur of the Year) Program, Ernst & Young: Finalist
1997 – National Ski Hall of Fame Medal of Honor
1997 – Aspen Hall of Fame
1999 – SnowSports Industries of America (SIA) Industry Appreciation Award
2001 – Aspen Hall of Fame
2003 – North American Ski Journalists Association Lifetime Achievement Award
2004 – Business Man of the Year: Aspen Daily News
2004 – American Ski Classic Vail/Beaver Creek Legends Giant Slalom: 2nd Place
2006 – Aspen Business of the Year: Aspen Chamber Resort Association
2015 – Colorado Business Hall of Fame