Suicide Six Ski Area (S6) in South Pomfret, Vermont is one of the most historic ski areas in the country. The mountain has offered lift-serviced skiing for 85-years, and is a staple for locals seeking affordable turns on snow.
Suicide Six got its name when the first rope tow was installed in 1935. The mountain was known as Hill No. 6 back then, and Wallace “Bunny” Bertram who installed the rope tow, said it would be “suicide” to ski the hill’s steep pitch. The name stuck.
Now, 85 years later, S6 is changing their name as they “embrace(s) the increasing awareness surrounding mental health…”
You can read the full statement from S6 here and below:
JUNE 28, 2022
“We’d like to share some news with our S6 family.
The Suicide Six name will be retired this summer. Our resort team embraces the increasing awareness surrounding mental health and shares the growing concerns about the insensitive nature of the historical name. The feelings that the word “suicide” evokes can have a significant impact on many in our community.
The Suicide Six Ski Area has an enduring legacy spanning nearly nine decades, and it is vital that the name better represents and celebrates what makes it a beloved and vibrant part of this community. Though some may find the change difficult, we stand by our conviction that this evolution is warranted for an iconic treasure and, more importantly, necessary to continue its rich history of inclusion and accessibility.
After much thought and consideration, research and community outreach, a new name has been developed and will be announced in the coming weeks.
This change is being made with great care and respect. We look forward to sharing it with you soon.”
You’re probably hoping that I have some spicy take on this subject, and honestly… I don’t.
I kind of liked the fact that S6 had a controversial name, but I understand why they have to change it. Keeping their name as ‘Suicide Six’ could affect their business, and probably negatively affects their SEO and social media performance.
Changing the name to keep with the times makes sense, but it’s also a business decision. I get it. I just hope they pick a new name that honors the history of the ski area.
Honestly, just calling the ski area ‘S6’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Vertical: 650 feet
Average Snowfall: 110 inches
Pass: Indy Pass