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A Vermont ski resort with ’emotionless’ name announces its new name

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(CNN) – A popular ski resort in Vermont that was originally called Suicide Six has changed its name to Saskadena Six, according to the resort.

The ski resort, located in the town of South Pomfret, announced plans at the end of June to change its “emotionless” name in the coming weeks.

“Our resort team accepts the growing awareness of mental health and shares growing concerns about the insensitive nature of the historic name,” the resort said in a post. posted on its website last month. “The feeling that the word ‘suicide’ evokes can have a significant impact on many in our community.”

The new name, Saskadena Six Ski Resort, was chosen to honor the indigenous Western Abenaki people, according to the resort. “Saskadena” is an Abenaki word that means “standing mountain”.

Courtney Lowe said in a statement. Lowe is president of Woodstock Inn & Resort, which owns and operates Saskadena Six Ski Area.

When researching a new name, the resort sought the advice of Chief Don Stevens of the Coosuk-Abenaki National Nulhegan Band.

“This ‘standing mountain’ has been used by thousands of Abenaki ancestors for over 11,000 years, and hopefully many more in the future,” Stevens said in a statement.

“By acknowledging the place’s original language, the name Saskadena Six honors Abenaki’s ancient heritage along with the legacy of generations that have loved it over the past 90 years and into the future.”

The ski area in South Pomfret is about 50 miles (80 km) south of the state capital Montpelier.

It is noted as one of the oldest major ski areas in the United States. USA Ski and Snowboard Honoree Wallace “Bunny” Bertram installed a rudimentary towing system in the mountains there in the 1930s, an innovation cited as one of the first ski lifts.
Bertram, who died in 1981, joked that skiing down the resort’s Hill 6 would kill himself, according to historical information on resort websiteand the name is stuck.

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

Ski and outdoor destinations across North America have been rethinking their names over the past few years.

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

Ron Cohen, the resort’s president and COO, said at the time, adding that property ownership worked with the local Washoe tribe on the name change project.

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

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