The Emo Henrich Award, begun by the Stratton Corporation in 1987, is presented annually by the Stratton Foundation. Recipients are those who, like Emo, have made a lasting impact on Stratton Mountain, and who are recognized for excellence in their profession and or for exemplary community service.
Emo Henrich was Stratton’s first Ski School director and is well-known for bringing the Austrian spirit and culture to Stratton in the early sixties. He not only directed the Stratton Ski School, but also founded and performed with the Stratton Mountain Boys, a group of talented ski instructor/musicians, who entertained legions of Stratton families with their popular Tyrolean music and dance.
In addition to his athletic and musical talents, Emo was also a renowned artist and woodworker. His watercolors are prized by collectors and fine examples of his woodworking talent taken from the popular Uncle Fred’s bar in the Henrichs’ cozy lodge, Birkenhaus, are on display in the Stratton 50th studio. Emo was not only a fabulous skier and teacher, but also a true mountaineer. Some of his favorite memories from Stratton include moonlit hikes up Stratton with his close pals, Hubert Schriebl, also a prior Henrich award recipient, and Rick Hube. Emo had extremely high standards for his ski instructors and musicians. He led by example and was not only gracious, but a genuine gentleman. He felt Stratton’s guests were “kings” and his job to do whatever he could do to provide generations of Stratton visitors with joyful experience on snow and off. .
After a well deserved retirement in the mid eighties, Emo and his wife Ann, returned to his mountain home in Igls, Austria where he continued to paint, make music and climb his beloved mountains. Emo, who made such a lasting impact on the Stratton Mountain community, passed away in May of 2009.
Green marble plaques are displayed in the Bears Den, listing Henrich Award recipients, beginning with Louis Cabot, a Stratton homeowner who received the honor in 1987, at an event attended by former president Gerald Ford, hosted by Stratton Mountain School. The most recent recipient Rick Hube, was awarded the Emo Henrich Award, posthumously, in January 2010. Ann Henrich, herself an Emo Award recipient, was on hand to present the 2010 Award to Rick’s family during a memorial service celebrating the full, but too short life of Representative Richard Wood Hube, Jr.
All Henrich Award recipients are presented with a hand painted platter, featuring scenes reflective of their life at Stratton Mountain. The traditional platters are crafted by Jen Connor of Jamaica, Vermont