Vermont ski resort to change name ‘insensitive’


By Lilit Marcus, CNN

A popular Vermont ski resort originally known as Suicide Six has announced that it will be changing its “insensitive” name in the coming weeks.

The station shared the news in a post on his website June 28.

“Our resort team embraces the growing mental health awareness and shares the growing concerns about the insensitive nature of the historic name. The feelings evoked by the word ‘suicide’ can have a significant impact on many members of our community,” the note read.

The post continued, “It is essential that the name better represent and celebrate what makes it a loved and vibrant part of this community. While some may find the change difficult, we remain convinced that this evolution is justified for an iconic treasure and, more importantly, necessary to continue its rich history of inclusion and accessibility.

The ski and snowboard resort is in the Vermont town of Pomfret, about 80 miles south of the state capital, Montpelier.

This region north of Woodstock, Vermont, is considered the first major ski area in the United States. American Ski Hall of Fame winner Wallace “Bunny” Bertram installed a primitive towing system on the mountain, an innovation many cite as the first ski lift.

Bertram, who died in 1981, dubbed the area “Suicide Six”, which he thought was catchier than the existing name “Hill 6”.

The resort is also a member of Ski Vermont’s Fairness, Equity and Diversity initiative. Forty-eight of the state’s ski resorts have signed an open letter supporting the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

Ski and outdoor destinations across North America have reconsidered their names in recent years.

Last year, the California resort of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, which hosted snow events during the 1960 Winter Olympics, decided to change name in Palisades Tahoe.

“While we love our local history and the memories we all associate with this place as it has been named for so long, we are faced with overwhelming evidence that the term ‘squaw’ is considered offensive,” Ron Cohen, the station’s president and COO, said at the time, adding that the property worked with the local Washoe Tribe on the name change project.

Meanwhile, in Canada, a collection of mountain cabins inside Jasper National Park have chosen to change their moniker from Pocahontas Cabins to Miette Mountain Cabins following a dialogue with the First Nations communities of the region.

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