Klaus F. Obermeyer (born December 2, 1919 in Oberstaufen, Germany) is the founder of Sport Obermeyer, Ltd.
Obermeyer (left) with former Colorado State Senator Jean White in 2011.
|Founder||Klaus F. Obermeyer|
|Headquarters||Aspen, Colorado, U.S.|
|United States, Canada, Europe, Russia|
In 1947, Obermeyer arrived in Aspen, Colorado, where his friend Friedl Pfeiffer had opened the Aspen Ski School. Over the next twelve years, he spent his days working as a ski instructor on Aspen Mountain. He founded Sport Obermeyer based on insights he had gained about ski wear while working as an instructor and started the business 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. After that came high-altitude suntan lotion, turtlenecks, nylon wind-shirts, mirrored sunglasses, the Boot Fit Press 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, a built-in ski boot canting system and fashion-conscious skiwear.
German-born Obermeyer lives in Aspen, Colorado.
Klaus was inducted into the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1997. In a news story published in early December, 2017, The Aspen Times reported that Obermeyer continues to work as his company's CEO and had just celebrated his 98th birthday.
Klaus Obermeyer was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
Klaus' innovations include, but aren't limited to:
- The quilted down parka. Stitched together from his own down comforter.
- Developed the first mirrored ski sunglasses from vaporized metal.
- Created the first nylon windshirt.
- With Friedl Pfeiffer developed the first high-altitude suntan lotion.
- Developed a dual layer ski boot. The first with a warm liner & a rigid exterior shell.
- Created the first turtlenecks with elasticized collars.
100th birthday celebrationEdit
On Obermeyer's 100th birthday — December 2, 2019 — the City of Aspen threw a large birthday party in his honor. Held in the ballroom of the Hotel Jerome, the celebration began with a private party at 1:00 PM followed by a party open to the public at 3:00. At the party, according to the Aspen Times, "Women showered him with kisses. Men gave hearty handshakes. Tons of people took selfies with Obermeyer, one of the original ski instructors on Aspen Mountain ...".
- Condon, Scott (2017-12-04). "Aspen's Klaus Obermeyer celebrates 98th birthday with business as usual". The Aspen Times. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
- Condon, Scott (2019-12-02). "One for the ages — Aspen helps Klaus Obermeyer celebrate his 100th birthday". The Aspen Times. Retrieved 2019-12-04.