Explains and shows how Stratton, Vermont, developed in large part by Frank Snyder, who wanted to create an Austrian style resort in southern Vermont, hired the Austrian Emo Henrich to be its first ski school director, and how with Frank’s support Emo developed a first-rate ski school that featured many Austrians who were not only top-flight skiers, but also accomplished musicians. Together Emo, an accomplished musician himself, and his instructors regularly provided their skiing guests with Austrian alpine après skiing music and dance as their band became known as the Stratton Mountain Boys, a band which became so beloved and sought after it began touring North America in the off-season. Also, during this time, 1960s-1970s, Stratton became a birthplace of freestyle skiing and snowboarding, as pioneers of freestyle skiing, like the Austrian Hermann Goellner and Stefan Schernthaner, and Jake Burton of snowboarding fame resided and worked at Stratton. The Stratton story is told in large part by Ann and Emo Henrich, Stefan Schernthaner, present leader of the Stratton Mountain Boys Band, as well as their well-known Austrian 1960 Olympic medalists and ski instructor colleagues and friends Ernst Hinterseer and Hias Leitner, both of whom raced for Stratton on the pro racing tour.
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