Celebrating the Winter of Love

Chapel of the Snows, Stratton Mountain, Vermont
If this Valentine’s Day brings a proposal, you may want to join the long line of couples who have said “I Do” at Stratton, where love is always in season.  

Did you meet your spouse on a slow ride to the summit, just the two of you on the old Grizzly double? In the singles line? Or maybe you met over an apres-ski Long Trail at Grizzly’s bar. 

We love hearing your stories, seeing those photos stretching back through the decades and reaching right into 2022, the year we celebrate 60 years of the community that makes Stratton so special.  

Did you drop down, feigning a binding check, on a black diamond trail before drawing the ring from your parka? 

Were you among the first to marry at the Chapel of the Snows, aka the Chapel of Love. Perhaps your ceremony was on the summit deck with a champagne toast followed by a Stratton Mountain Club reception.  

Maybe it was skiing and snowboarding that first brought you together and now here to Stratton.  

How to enter:

Share your Stratton love stories and memories you may win a GoPro Hero10 or a limited-edition Winter of Love poster. Upload your photos at the bottom of this blog post, or send your stories complete with a written story to marketing@stratton.com. We cannot wait to see all these memories, we’ll pick our favorites and will announce winners on March 15!

One of our favorite stories from the 50th anniversary collection featured Rosemary and Peter Berman. Ski Patroller Peter was selling raffle tickets to support the Carlos Otis Clinic. Rosemary was serving drinks in the Bear’s Den. She bought a ticket and Peter won her heart. 

Who traveled the farthest for love? It might have been Fiona McPhillips visiting New England all the way from Australia. Her stay at the Stratton Mountain Inn featured music by Pure and Simple with Andy Avery. One thing led to another … married at Stratton, home in Jamaica, Vt., and Fiona Avery’s long career at Stratton. 

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Alois and Adriane Lechner

Alois and Adriane Lechner first crossed paths in 1970, with Alois at Ski School and Adriane working in Little Cub with Muriel Boutin. That summer she went to Austria as au pair for Louise and Hermann Herzog’s children, staying for 12 years instead of the planned three months. She returned to Stratton in 1982, moving to the Ski School Desk where she organized lessons, instructor schedules, the popular ski weeks … and “had a crush” on the Ski School Director; they would marry in 1992. 

On their 20th and Stratton’s 50th anniversary, “We both raced in the dual slalom Sweetheart Race, but my racer husband caught an edge which resulted in a total yard sale and this mishap disqualified us,” Adriane recalls with a smile.  

Stratton Mountain Fire Tower
Wendy Schriebl at the Stratton Fire Tower

On the 50th, the longest married of those who had met on the mountain were Hubert and Wendy Schriebl, now celebrating 54 years. Wendy was on a college ski trip and her friend had a lesson with Hubert. Their group went to tea at the Birkenhaus where Hubert was showing slides from his recent Himalayan expedition. He invited Wendy to join him on the next morning’s “milk run.” From the chilly summit, they hiked out to the firetower; Hubert offered Wendy his expedition parka along the way. And the rest, as they say, is history. 

Upload your Winter of Love photos below or send them along with your love stories to marketing@stratton.com

Posted February 14, 2022 by Myra Foster