December 2 is an international holiday for skiers. Its the birthday of KLAUS OBERMEYER, one of the most influential people in skiing history. Click KLAUS to get a summary of his accomplishments. Klaus Obermeyer was born in Germany in 1919. He founded his own ski wear company,-- Sport Obermeyer in 1947 in Aspen, Colorado in his attic while he was working as a ski instructor. Klaus developed the first down parka, the first mirrored sunglasses and the first high altitude sun screen among other innovations. Sport Obermeyer is still known as one of the most important, progressive and powerful brands in snow sports....to this day.
Klaus still skis almost everyd day. His technique is smooth and fast, in fact ---it's doubtful that you can keep up. His distinctive Yodel is famous throughout the world.
Klaus is more than just a ski-wear trend setter--he's "the greatest guy in skiing". He's affable, gregarious, funny and super popular with the ladies. His energy and love for the mountains is contagious. He's quick with a quip and his 5000 watt smile lights up every room he enters. At 91, Klaus is still getting after it ----every day --on the mountain and off. His 91st birthday was a cause celbre at the venerable Wienerstube restaurant in Aspen. 4 generations of family and friends gathered to wish Klaus a Happy Birthday and share a delicious apple strudel warm from the oven. When he bit into his birthday pastry, the SRO crowd cheered. Klaus looked up, shrugged and laughed and said " i'm really gonna have to brush my tooth more often", and he immediately began his trademark Yodel. The crowd went wild.
SEE PIX --click KLAUS at 91.