Pied Pipers / Pepi and Sheika Gramshammer: Pepi, a champion ski racer from Innsbruck, and Sheika, daughter of a renowned Austrian innkeeping family, made a wise investment and a lifelong commitment to Vail in 1964. They bought a half-acre of land on Bridge Street and, backed by an investment group that included Howard Head, opened Hotel-Gasthof Gramshammer, which would also include a restaurant, bar and ski shop. “It was the best move I ever made,” says Pepi, who along with Sheika entertained guests as if they were family, enthusiastically spread their love of the mountain lifestyle, and helped countless skiers improve through the all-inclusive Pepi’s Wedel Weeks program. In addition to philanthropic efforts that included organizing Vail’s Crystal Ski Ball since 1981 and supporting groups ranging from the Vail Valley Foundation to Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, Pepi was instrumental in bringing the World Alpine Championships to the Vail Valley.
Copyright: Julia Vandenoever