The ski area formerly known as Suicide Six officially has a new name, one that pays tribute to the “original inhabitants of the land and the mountain’s multi-generational legacy and values of community, inclusion, adventure, discovery, and fun.”
Suicide Six, the Pomret, Vt. area, owned and operated by the Woodstock Inn and Resort, had announced last month that a name change was imminent, “acknowledging “the feelings that the word ‘suicide’ evokes can have a significant impact on many in our community.” The new name honors the ancestral land of the indigenous western Abenaki people. The word, “saskadena” means “standing mountain,” symbolizing a deep connection to the original inhabitants and the land.
“The time has come to change the name of our historic ski area to better reflect its rich tradition of family fun,” Courtney Lowe, president of the Woodstock Inn and Resort, said in a release. “We embrace the need for the increasing awareness of mental health and share the growing concern about the insensitivity of the word and the strong feelings it evokes on those in our community who have been touched by the tragedy of suicide.”