Klaus skis Aspen Mtn. to celebrate his 92nd birthday
ASPEN – Klaus Obermeyer vowed when he broke his right femur in a ski accident in March that he would be back on the slopes at the start of the 2011-12 season. He is a man of his word.
Obermeyer took eight runs at Aspen Mountain on Thanksgiving Day, and he has been out on the slopes every day since except one.
“It feels like I’ve never been off. I’ve skied now 89 years. I’m finally learning,” he said with a hearty laugh earlier this week.
Obermeyer celebrated his 92nd birthday Friday with a small party at Ajax Tavern at the base of Aspen Mountain. He joked with guests while eating strudel, credited Aspen Skiing Co. for getting the slopes in good condition despite limited snow and unleashed a few of his signature yodels. Then, of course, he went skiing.
Obermeyer was skiing down Racer’s Edge at Tiehack during his lunch break on March 2 when he ran into a rope erected for a special event. He didn’t see the rope, he joked, because he had his eyes closed.
He spent the spring and summer recovering from his broken leg. Obermeyer said lots of exercise and physical therapy brought his muscles back.
“Now they’re so good, I forgot which leg it was,” Obermeyer quipped at his birthday party. He punctuated the point by lifting his left and standing only on the repaired right leg.
His son Wally Obermeyer credited his dad’s power of positive thinking for helping him get back on the slopes so quickly.
Klaus Obermeyer is a community icon who fled post-war Germany in 1947 and soon settled in Aspen. He taught skiing at Aspen Mountain and started making ski parkas from goose down comforters to keep his students warm – and in class. Sport Obermeyer is headed into its 65th year and remains a privately-held company.
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