Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
Pepi Gramshammer - 1932
Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame 1990
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Pepi was born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1932, and began ski racing at 10 years of age. He was a member of the Austrian National Ski Team and Professional Ski Racers Association, and winner of many international and professional ski races. As a certified Austrian and Rocky Mountain ski instructor, he was the coach of several international ski teams, as well as Racing Coach and Director of Red Lodge International Summer Ski Racing Camp.
Pepi moved to Vail in 1962 and operates the Gasthof Gramshammer, Pepi's Bar & Restaurant, and Pepi Sports Ski Shop. He has designed a ski training program for recreational adult skiers, called Wedel Weeks. A philanthropist who has organized and hosted The Crystal Ski Ball in Vail since 1981, Pepi has raised nearly $700,000 in contributions which support Colorado ski related organizations, including the Vail Valley Foundation (organizers of the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships & World Cup Races), the US Ski Team, the Blind Skiers Program, the Handicapped Skiers Program, the Jimmie Huega Express, Buddy Werner League, and Ski Club Vail.
Pepi was instrumental in obtaining the second United States FIS World Alpine Ski Championships for Colorado, hosted by Vail & Beaver Creek in 1989, and served on the Executive and Organizing Committees for the Championships.
Pepi is an honored ambassador for Vail, Colorado, and the entire ski industry.