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. Our brand new Quad, a double chair 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. Today Suicide Six 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 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" Bertram purchased 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.
2016 - Onward to the future!
The next era in the evolution of Suicide Six ski area began in 2016 with the installation of a next generation Leitner-Poma quad chairlift. The new lift granted the ability to build for the future; to allow more uphill capacity with shorter ride times, to allow for foot passengers in the summertime, and the development of a lift-serviced mountain biking trail system- branching into year-round operations. In addition, we've also developed our FUNdamentals programming, offering you and yours the latest in coaching and instructional terrain and techniques that make the joy of skiing and riding easy and accessible to everyone.
Suicide Six Ski Area Trail Map
Dining at the Base Lodge
Perley Wheeler was the original lodge keeper at Suicide Six. His bushy white beard punctuated by a hand carved wooden pipe was the familiar sight that greeted guests both on and off the hill. As an homage to Perely, our seated restaurant and lounge offers a variety of selections chosen by our Master Chef to keep your fire stoked, and our newly installed six-tap system will feature local brews to help you get to the heart of Après ski. There’s also a family friendly cafeteria and a large indoor/outdoor fireplace so you can socialize in the warmth of the lodge or on the deck in the fresh winter air.
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 The lifts turn from 9am to 4pm.