ASPEN, Colo. — Sport Obermeyer’s founder Klaus Obermeyer turned 100 on Monday and celebrated at a party in Aspen along with hundreds of community members. 

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Klaus Obermeyer sits at his table getting hugs and happy birthday wishes during his 100th birthday party at the Hotel Jerome on Monday, December 2, 2019. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)
Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times

Obermeyer, who was born in Germany in 1919 and is said to have made his first pair of skis out of crate boards when he was 3 years old, moved to Aspen in 1947 where he started Sport Obermeyer.

During the winter of 1947, Obermeyer taught skiing on Aspen Mountain where he quickly noticed inadequate and ill-fitting equipment.

His students didn't have warm clothing or properly-fitted boots, so Klaus took things into his own hands and created nearly a dozen ski industry firsts, including quilted down parkas turtlenecks, dual construction ski boots, pre-shaped gloves, mirrored sunglasses, and even high altitude sunscreen. 

More than 70 years later, he's still enjoying success in Aspen -- and he's still a regular in his shop and on the slopes.

He says skiing is easier than walking, and he'll keep doing it as long as he can stand up.

>> Learn more at obermeyer.com

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Klaus Obermeyer jokes with the crowd while on stage with his son Wally Obermeyer during Klaus’s 100th birthday celebration in the Hotel Jerome on Monday, December 2, 2019. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)
Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times

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