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Q&A with Klaus Obermeyer

Klaus Obermeyer | Photo: Sarah Perkins Photography / Aspen International Fashion
Klaus Obermeyer | Photo: Sarah Perkins Photography / Aspen International Fashion Week
The Obermeyer founder, and ski history (and yodeling) legend, talks ski pants, Gary Cooper, and the secret to life.

We caught up with Klaus Obermeyer, the ski maverick who founded Sport Obermeyer, at Aspen International Fashion Week. Between infectious chuckles, he shared his legendary tales—from whence the first down parka came.

Film Hero Louis Zamperini’s Mammoth Connection

Film Hero Louis Zamperini’s Mammoth Connection
Louis Zamperini
The World War II vet, and subject of the movie “Unbroken,” brought hundreds of boys to Mammoth Mountain to ski, fish, and keep out of trouble.

Louis Zamperini, the subject of the upcoming film “Unbroken,” wasn’t just a weekend warrior skier. He came to Mammoth Mountain with a bigger purpose: to help underprivileged boys stay out of trouble. 

Zamperini established the Victory Boys Camp around 1953, according to an oral history document by the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, and skiing was one of the many activities he introduced to those boys.

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