Klaus Obermeyer: Skiing’s 96-year-old miracle man
Published on December 18th, 2015 | by Jordan Kierans0
You’d have a hard job keeping up with 96-year-old Klaus Obermeyer — and not just on the slopes.
He’s the man who not only revolutionized the sport he loves — skiing — but made it a darn sight more fashionable and comfortable.
Pioneer, entrepreneur, martial arts practitioner and avid swimmer, Obermeyer has lived to the full since swapping Germany for Aspen in Colorado over half a century ago.
“Skiing was in its childhood,” Obermeyer told CNN’s Alpine Edge show as he recalled his arrival in the U.S. back in 1947.
“Skis were long and were hard to ski on. We had the world’s longest single chair lift and that was a cold ride.
“I thought wouldn’t it be nice to be warm enough going up but stay also warm skiing down?”
After spending the day teaching at Aspen’s ski school, Obermeyer devoted his evenings to coming up with entrepreneurial ideas, founding his company in the attic of his house.
After tinkering with a goose down comforter, Obermeyer concocted the first incarnation of what would become one of skiing’s most popular accoutrements — the down parka.
But that was just a taste of what was to come from this man who was born in the small Bavarian alpine village of Oberstaufen.