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Suicide Six, Woodstock

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Suicide Six is the name of a ski resort in South Pomfret, Vermont. It has some claim to historical fame as a very early ski resort. In January 1934, an improvised rope tow, said to be the first ski lift in the Eastern United States, was installed on a hill located on Clinton Gilbert's farm. The rope tow was originally powered with a Ford Model T engine. By the following month, Wallace "Bunny" Bertram (a former ski coach at Dartmouth College who had helped build the original rope lift) took over the operation, and installed a more reliable electric motor. A few years later he moved his operation to a steeper hill nearby, shown on the map as "Hill 6". Bertram once joked that to ski down the nearby would be suicide. Two years later the resort was opened using this name and photos of Bertram can be seen in the resort museum in the base lodge. Devotees of ski mountaineering and backcountry skiing mark this as the beginning of the divergence of resort skiing and traditional backcountry skiing.Suicide Six was the location of the first National Snow Surfing Championships in 1982, considered an important event in the development of snowboarding as a sport.Bunny Bertram sold Suicide Six to Laurance Rockefeller in 1961, and it became the ski resort for Rockefeller's nearby Woodstock Inn. In a 2004 article, the Boston Globe described Suicide Six as "steeped in history", and now a "low key" location for "a taste of rural skiing". As of late 2011, when Suicide Six marked its 75th anniversary, the facility included 23 runs and continued to operate as the ski area of the Woodstock Inn.
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  • Ski Suicide Six on weekdays with an adaptive group and then have time for free skiing. The terrain is varied with good beginner trails and a few steep or ungroomed trails for more experienced skiers. ...  more »
  • Lots of fresh snow made for a really fun day at SS6-- my favorite place to ski. Base lodge has a great bar/ restaurant for apres-ski and lift line were never outrageous. 
  • Yes we paid more than $100 for my son but he had great teacher and experience. It is kids and family oriented, will go back again surely. 
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  • Fantastic ski area boasting 24 trails and 3 lifts. Very friendly customer service in the lovely little New England village of Pomfret, VT. Lift lines are short, very short most days. You will get a lot of runs down the hill here. Suicide Six has very nice ski lodge with a very large open hearth fireplace burning all season. The lodge features a slope side dining experience with bar. They have 50 aces of snowmaking and plenty of natural snow during the winter of 2014-15. This is a family friendly resort, also boasting USSA ski team Woodstock Ski Runners for the kids. You will pleased to make a stop here.
  • Went here for an ox pull, not skiing
  • Cool retro feeling, great skiing and service!
  • BEST MOUNTAIN EVER!