With easy-riding terrain perfect for families and beginners, Suicide Six Ski Area welcomes skiers and snowboarders of all abilities to slide down its groomed trails and thaw out beside the indoor/outdoor fireplace at the base of the alpine lodge. Home of the first National Snow Snurfing contest in 1982, Suicide Six was one of the country’s earliest ski resorts to allow the sport that would become snowboarding, and continues to embrace the spirit of winter fun. Two chairlifts and a J-bar surface tow service 24 trails ー 30% rated as beginner terrain, 40% as intermediate and 30% as advanced ー with the longest run spanning a distance of 5,280 feet. Rentals, repairs and a cozy base lodge and restaurant are all available just steps from the slopes.
Our Ski Heritage
Nestled in Vermont’s Green Mountains, Suicide Six is one of the oldest ski areas in the country. America's first rope tow was introduced in Woodstock in 1934 and as the sport developed so did our ski resort. Suicide Six today is one of Vermont's most family friendly ski resorts with terrain that suits every ability.
1934 - First Rope Tow in America
In January, America’s first rope tow is installed on Clinton’s Gilbert’s pasture in Woodstock and it launches a new era in winter sports. Also in that same year Laurance S. Rockefeller, marries local girl Mary Billings, granddaughter of Frederick Billings.
1936 - Suicide Six Ski Area Opens
Suicide Six Ski Area opened to the public in 1936 with its first rope tow on Hill No. 6. Installed by Wallace “Bunny” Bertram, a former ski instructor at Dartmouth College, Bertram joked that to ski down the steep pitch of Hill No. 6 would be suicide, and in jest, the name stuck.
1937 - The Fisk Trophy Race
Suicide Six is host to the longest running ski race in North America, The Fisk Trophy Race which is a right of passage for serious eastern ski racers. Notable past winners include Bode Miller, Chip Knight, Jimmy Cochran, and many other Olympians, US Ski Team members, and NCAA Champions. This is an annual ski race.
1954 - Ski Lift Technology Arrives
Bunny purchase a Poma lift for $40,000. The Poma lift increased Bunny’s capacity exponentially, making it possible to lift 950 skiers in one hour. It placed the hill in an entirely different league
1961 - Laurance Rockefeller Acquires Suicide Six
"Bunny" Bertram sold Suicide Six to Laurance Rockefeller, who, in the decade to follow, began expanding the resort to include the chairlifts and J-Bar we know today. Lift ticket prices were a mere $5.50.
1978 - New Base Lodge
In the summer of 1978, the new $400,000 base lodge was built, with gorgeous high-beamed ceilings and towering windows facing the slopes. It was a fantastic upgrade from the old warming hut, which, over the years had been cobbled together like a house-that-Jack-built chicken coop. That summer also saw the 1,200-foot Poma lift replaced by a new 1650-foot double chairlift and increased snowmaking coverage to two-thirds of the mountain.
1982 - National Snow Snurfing Championship Comes to Suicide Six
Suicide Six embraced a new form of snow sliding called “snurfing” and hosted the National Snow Snurfing Championship in 1982. Roughly 150 snurfers competed in the downhill and giant slalom events, helping shape the direction of what was to become snowboarding.
Dining at the Base Lodge
Step “Out of Bounds” and enter the cozy alpine restaurant and bar at the base of Suicide Six Ski Area. With a hot toddy in hand, the indoor/outdoor firepit will melt away the winter chill, and comfortable seating throughout the lodge encourage guests to stop for a break. Hearty snacks, large plates and hot and cold beverages are available for all ages, so you can refuel before heading back to the hill for more fun. There's also a family friendly cafeteria offering a variety of options to get you quickly back on the slopes.
The Suicide Six Ski Shop offers convenient Friday Après Ski rental fittings, by appointment, to start your weekend on the right tracks. With ski rental packages from ELAN/Dalbello, your comfort comes first! HEAD snowboards and boots, along with helmets from GIRO round out the rental offerings. SCOTT helps keep you warm and stylish with a great selection of goggles, gloves, hats and balaclavas. If you forgot it, we remembered: lip balm, sunscreen, hand & toe warmers, socks are all here for you! When it’s time to take home a souvenir, we carry our own unique designs of vintage posters, cards, t-shirts pins and stickers that speak to our infamous beginnings in the ski industry.
Getting to the Mountain
The Woodstock Inn & Resort Suicide Six is located in the town of Woodstock, centrally located near I-89 and I-91 and within easy driving distance from Boston, New York, and Montreal. Our address is: 247 Stage Road, South Pomfret, VT 05067