Vail Centre to honor Sheika Gramshammer with award |

Vail Centre to honor Sheika Gramshammer with award

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Vail pioneer Sheika Gramshammer will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Torch Awards ceremony Feb. 10.
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VAIL — Sheika Gramshammer will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Vail Centre at the third annual Torch Awards ceremony, set for Feb. 10.

Recognized for her leadership, for her dedication to the community and as an outstanding businesswoman, Gramshammer has been instrumental in the success of Vail and is one of the town’s distinguished pioneers.

Born in Austria into a family with a long tradition of innkeeping, she and her husband, Pepi, met in Aspen in 1962 and were married shortly thereafter. In early 1963, they began building the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer in Vail. To this day, it is still a focal point of European hospitality in the heart of Vail Village. During construction, Gramshammer took a business course in Denver to hone her skills while she tended bar at the Red Lion and worked the front desk at the Lodge at Vail.

Once completed, she put her skills to work at the new hotel. Today, she and her family continue to manage the hotel along with several other businesses in Vail and Gramshammer is always available to warmly greet friends and guests.

“Vail has truly benefited from her outstanding dedication and it is a great pleasure to honor Sheika Gramshammer with a Lifetime Achievement Award.”Ross IversonVail Centre CEO

In addition, Sheika and Pepi have supported charitable organizations throughout the Vail Valley. Sheika’s legacy is demonstrated in her leadership in Vail from its very first days along with her continued dedication to the community, helping Vail grow and prosper as a vibrant town and ski resort.

“Recognized for her strength, determination, hospitality and selfless giving to the community for over 50 years, Vail has truly benefited from her outstanding dedication and it is a great pleasure to honor Sheika Gramshammer with a Lifetime Achievement Award,” Vail Centre CEO Ross Iverson said.

More than 250 Awards

The Vail Centre’s third annual Torch Awards honors excellence and commitment to community. The event will take place Feb. 10 at the Sebastian Hotel in Vail. The Torch Awards recognize those in the community who demonstrate excellence, providing examples to others and forging a path for the future. In addition to recognizing Gramshammer for her Lifetime Achievement, awards will be given to individuals who exemplify Vail Centre learning initiatives. More than 250 business, civic and community leaders throughout the Vail Valley will participate in this celebration. For more information, go to

The Vail Centre exists to provide learning experiences to those responsible for inspiring the communities of the future. The Vail Centre designs interactive learning experiences that bring together great thinkers and doers, state and local groups, university and educational partners and renowned experts from around the world. Individuals and organizations convene at an inspirational mountain campus to share academic ideas and real world challenges creating meaningful connections that inspire a call to personal and professional action. For more information, go to http://www.vail

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