Pepi Stiegler began skiing at the age of six and by the age of 15 had become the Austrian Junior Champion in slalom. He went on to win a silver medal in giant slalom at the Squaw Valley Olympics in 1960. In 1961, after deciding to specialize in slalom and giant slalom, Pepi had one of his best years ever winning four of the most important international slaloms, including the Austrian championship.
During the summer and fall of 1962, Pepi trained and became an Austrian certified ski instructor. At the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics, Pepi went on to win a gold medal in slalom and a bronze in giant slalom.
In 1966, he accepted the position of Ski School Director/Director of Skiing for Jackson Hole Ski Corp. where, in addition to his ski school duties, he coached juniors and conducted race camps for many years. He became a member of the Intermountain Ski Instructors Association in 1970 and served on the Board of Directors from 1978 to 1982.
Pepi Stiegler retired from his position as Director of Skiing at Jackson Hole in 2002 after 37 years. In 2001, Pepi was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame.