Suicide Six Ski Getaways

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When the first ski tow in the United States was built in a Woodstock pasture, it wasn't long before a purpose-built ski area followed.

The year was 1934 and the place was a steep field just north of the village center. Powered by a Model T Ford engine, the rope tow that several local men rigged up proved popular. A few years later Bunny Bertram opened a commercial operation a short distance away that eventually became known as Suicide Six.

Now owned by the Woodstock Inn and Resort, Suicide Six has become popular with locals as well as guests of the resort. With 23 trails and glades, two chairlifts, a separate beginners' area served by a J-bar, and a halfpipe, skiers and riders of all stripes will find terrain to keep them happy.

Step off the "summit" double and you'll immediately discover the charm of the place. Rolling snow-covered meadows stretch away in front of you as trails lead left or right through open hardwoods. To your right as you glide down the ramp is Easy Mile, a meandering run that traces its way around the edge of the hill. To your left is The Gully, a pretty blue square trail that leads to Lasky Lot and the base. For the adventurous, there's The Face, a steep slope that seems to drop directly to the parking lot and a challenge to generations of visitors. Most of Suicide's more adventurous terrain is on this aspect of the hill, including Showoff, Pomfret Plunge, and Backscratcher. And sandwiched between the intermediate Perley's Peril and Bunny's Boulevard you'll find a nice glade. All the trails and slopes thread through fine woods and look out upon a postcard-perfect landscape of steep meadows and wooded hills dotted with homesteads and barns, with the village of Pomfret at your feet. In fact, if you can imagine a ski area for Hobbits, Suicide Six would fit the picture.