Explore Colorado: Skiing With Klaus

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Jennifer Broome heads to Aspen to ski with Klaus Obermeyer.

In 1947, while teaching skiing in Aspen, Klaus Obermeyer saw a need for warmer and more functional ski clothes. He stitched together a parka made from a goose down comforter he brought over from Europe and a clothing line was born. Sport Oberymeyer is still based in Aspen with its global distribution center in Denver. Obermeyer’s innovations include high-altitude suntan lotion, ski turtlenecks, nylon wind shirts, soft-shell jackets, double lens goggles, and the first waterproof-breathable fabrics.

Klaus turned 94 in early December and still skis daily and is fast down the mountain. He also swims daily. His favorite area to ski is Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen. He loves it because of the good light as the sun shines down on the mountain. Don’t be surprised if you hear him yodeling from the Tiehack Express chairlift.

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