Eduard and Ingrid Hofbauer, started what would become Alpine Ski Hut in the late 1960’s on Main Street in downtown Oneonta.
For over 45 years Alpine Ski Hut served Oneonta and surrounding communities customers with excellent sales and service. The shop started out carrying downhill and cross country skiing equipment, with many of the products imported directly by “Eddie” from Europe.
The store expanded over the years as more and more of the products the customers were looking for.
Over the years ski parkas/pants/gloves, bikes, athletic footwear, soccer apparel, gold equipment were all added.
In the mid-80’s Alpine obtained it’s first New Hermes computerized engraving machine. The machine allowed the shop to fill a local need for awards plaques and small engraving projects.
Following the death of Ed in 2012 the store slowly consolidated it’s offerings to focus on cross country skiing equipment and engraving.
In 2015, Heidi, Ed and Ingrid’s youngest daughter, bought the business from her mother and the name was changed to Alpine Awards and Engraving to more closely align with the vast majority of it’s business.
Heidi had “grown up” in the store and learned many of those customer service lessons from her mom and dad.
While the name of the business has changed the belief that customer service is the top priority remains at Alpine Awards and Engraving.