“I came to Stratton out of curiosity in 1964. My intention wasn’t to stay—but you never know how things will change,” says Hubert Schriebl, whose stunning photographs have engaged the readers of Stratton Magazine since our first issue. His new book, Stratton, the First Fifty Years: A Visual History by Hubert Schriebl, celebrates the resort’s anniversary with many of these pictures, and much more. “I was a mountain climber, then a mountain guide in the Himalayas from 1961 to 1964. That led to surveying and mapmaking there on mapping projects sponsored by the Thiessen Foundation, a German steel company,” he says. He mapped Mt. Kenya in 1962- 3, again in 1972. In 1963 he went back to Europe and ran a climbing school for the Austrian Alpine Club. “But it was mainly office work,” he says, “and I didn’t like it.” In 1964 Emo Henrich, director of the Stratton Ski School, invited him to come to Stratton as an instructor. “I was a photographer on the side,” he says. “I never thought I’d be a professional photographer.” He says that he considers himself a craftsman, with not enough time to perfect his work, but the pictures in this book belie his modesty.
Schriebl grew up in a rural part of Austria and started skiing as a child. “We went skiing in shorts and wool stockings in the winter and didn’t think