THE HISTORY OF A SKI ENTHUSIAST
Klaus Obermeyer's enthusiasm is contagious, his energy seemingly endless, his optimism without bounds. To hear him yodel is to experience the depth of his spirit. To watch him ski is to witness his true love of the sport. It all began in 1919, in Oberstaufen, Germany, the small Bavarian alpine village in which Klaus was born. He was an avid rock climber, as well as a ski mountaineer, racer and jumper.
In 1947, Klaus arrived in Aspen, Colorado, where Friedl Pfeiffer had opened the Aspen Ski School. At night, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit. Sensing that people would spend more time on the slopes if they were warm and comfortable he founded Sport Obermeyer - in the attic of his home. There, one of the first of many innovations was born in the form of a down ski parka stitched together from his goose down comforter. Soon after came high-altitude suntan lotion, turtlenecks, nylon windshirts, mirrored sunglasses and more. In 1961, the first Sport Obermeyer factory warehouse opened in Aspen, and the innovations continued with “soft-shell” jackets, double lens goggles, the first waterproof-breathable fabrics.
Klaus' Guiding Philosophies
“You always have it never made.”
Our intention is still to make snow sports enjoyable for everyone, and while our products have come a long way, there is always room for improvement.
“Step lightly on the planet.”
Today we use post-consumer recycled polyester (PET) in high performance gear, the architectural design of our headquarters minimizes energy consumption, and employees are rewarded for using alternative transportation.
“The days you don’t ski, you don’t get back.”
Klaus leads by example, skiing every day of the season. The conditions in Aspen are perfect for product testing – it’s our mountain lab. We’re outside wearing Obermeyer every day; we wouldn’t want to face the elements in anything less than the best, so that’s what we make.