Moores, Klaus to be inducted into Hall of Fame on Saturday |

Moores, Klaus to be inducted into Hall of Fame on Saturday

Aspen Times Staff Report

Three longtime Aspenites will be honored Saturday for their contributions to the upper valley.

Alberta and Jim Moore and Klaus Obermeyer will be inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame at the organization’s 15th annual banquet.

The public is invited to attend the banquet and ceremony at the Hotel Jerome. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by the banquet at 7 p.m. After dinner guests will be treated to video profiles of the inductees and speeches.

Tickets are $72 per person and may be reserved by mailing a check to the Aspen Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 510, Aspen, CO 81612. Attendees should indicate whether they would like a vegetarian or steak dinner.

Alberta and the late Jim Moore leave a legacy rich in service to the community. After arriving in Aspen in 1936, Jim assumed the role of Aspen’s first barber and first realtor.

Their contributions to local youth are well known. They donated all the land for the Aspen public schools, the James E. Moore swimming pool, the public tennis courts and the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s new building.

Jim was one of the early board members of the Aspen Valley Ski Club and an original member of the Aspen Chamber of Commerce. Alberta has been a volunteer with the Aspen Thrift Shop for 54 years, continuing her service to this day. She is also a member of the 40-year-old Literary Club, Aspen oldest club, and has been active in the Aspen Community Church and the Aspen Chapel.

Klaus Obermeyer is legendary for his role in revolutionizing the ski clothing industry. In 1947 he started Sport Obermeyer, a company which employs 40 people in the Roaring Fork Valley. Obermeyer was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1919 and began skiing at the age of 3 on a pair of skis he made from a wooden crate.

Obermeyer followed Friedl Pfeifer to Aspen, securing a job as a ski instructor with Pfeifer and becoming one of Aspen’s leading instructors during its early days of skiing. His incentive for starting his ski business stemmed from his desire to provide warmer and more comfortable gear for his students.

Over the years, Obermeyer has assisted the Aspen Ski and Snowboard Club with its clothing needs. He’s been inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Mich., and the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.

For more information on the banquet, call 925-9010.

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