Vermont Ski Area Picks New Name That Honors Original Inhabitants

Vermont Ski Area Picks New Name That Honors Original Inhabitants

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Vermont Ski Area Picks New Name That Honors Original Inhabitants

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The ski area formally known as Suicide Six in South Pomfret, VT has chosen a new name- Saskadena Six. The name honors the Abenaki nation that were the original inhabitants of the land.

Saskadena (sahs-kah-deena) translates to “standing mountain”.

The ski area announced earlier this month that they would choose a new name to “embrace the increasing awareness surrounding mental health…”

Check out the short video explaining the decision to change the name.

You can read more about the decision in the excerpt from Saskadena Six’s website below.

WHY SASKADENA

In the Abenaki language, “saskadena” (sahs-kah-deena) means “standing mountain.”

It was chosen by the resort team to honor the original inhabitants of the land and the mountain’s multi-generational legacy and values of community, inclusion, adventure, discovery, and fun. The name sends a powerful message of connection both to the deeper history of the mountain with the Abenaki nation and to the present-day community at large.

The “Six” of our name comes from the very beginning in 1936 when Wallace “Bunny” Bertram picked the hill labeled “number 6″ on a local map that highlighted potential mountains that could be the location for his rope tow-served ski area.”

I like the new name. It has a nice ring to it, right? Saskadena Six is fun to say, and I love that it honors the Native Americans who originally inhabited the land.

Well done!

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