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Pepi was a total boss

September 18, 2019

When I got to Vail in ’68, I worked at Gorsuch upstairs with some other newbies. One spring day Pepi was on his roof, across Bridge Street, pounding away on a foot-plus thick ice cornice...

I always loved taking pictures of Pepi and Sheika

September 18, 2019

I have probably known both Pepi and Sheika for over 35 years. My claim to fame is that I take the society pictures for the Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine and always have loved taking their pictures....

Letter: The only way to travel for Pepi

September 6, 2019

A few years ago when the Vail Automotive Classic was starting off I received a phone call en route from Steamboat to Vail, in the midst of a cattle drive, that they would appreciate the...

Letter: A memorable Pepi encounter

September 6, 2019

Pepi was out for a walk one afternoon when I was in Vail for a few days last May. I went up just to say hello and mentioned a mutual friend of ours, Frank Snyder, who...

Letter: Pepi’s beaming smile was a gift to Vail

September 6, 2019

So sad to learn of Pepi’s passing. We have always enjoyed dining at Pepi’s restaurant. It was always a pleasure to see Pepi and Sheika at a neighboring table. They always looked very happy and...

Wiest: Memories of Pepi and the old Vail days

August 30, 2019

It was the winter of 1964, my second winter in Vermont at Mount Snow working as a ski instructor from Europe. In those days when skiing became more popular in the United States, a European...

Letter: So blessed to have Pepi in our lives

August 29, 2019

Our family has been so blessed to have the Gramshammers in our lives all the way back to the first season that Vail opened in the ’60s. Our parents met thanks to Uncle Pepi and...

Letter: Pepi’s Wedel Weeks

August 29, 2019

More than 30 years ago, Pepi approached the Vail Ski School to launch a five-day-long ski program. This program was to be named Pepi’s Wedel Week!  Pepi’s Wedel Week program instantly became very popular and...

Celebrating Pepi

August 21, 2019

To commemorate Pepi, the Vail Daily asked readers to submit photos, stories, videos, letters and more documenting their interactions with this Vail icon. The response was immense.

Obituary: Pepi Gramshammer, 1932 – 2019

August 21, 2019

The evening skies over Vail and Beaver Creek will glow especially bright from now on as Austrian legend and Vail pioneer Pepi Gramshammer has left his beloved valley for a higher place. Gramshammer passed away August...

Chris Anthony: I considered Pepi a mentor

August 21, 2019

I can’t even begin to tell you how hard this hits me.  One of the symbols of Original Vail and United States Skiing’s connection with Austria has passed.  I considered Pepi a mentor as well as...

Letter: Pepi, a lifelong friend

August 21, 2019

I first met Pepi in 1962 when I was about 10 years old because our close family friend, Cottie Davison, introduced him to my dad, John Ferguson.  Cottie’s legal practice was based in New York...

Letter: Sweet Pepi

August 21, 2019

Everyone knows Pepi Gramshammer as a legend, a founder, entrepreneur, and an iconic ski racer. Pepi was all of that! I knew Pepi as something more. I knew him as a loving father, dedicated grandfather,...

Just the fax with Pepi

August 21, 2019

It was late in the summer of 1988 when I joined Pepi and Sheika at Gasthof Gramshammer. Hired to learn their front desk and perhaps one day computerize, I came on board to help them...