Suicide Six

Suicide Six Ski Resort in South Pomfret, birthplace of America’s first rope tow. When she heard I was painting it, my friend and neighbor Nancy Edmunds shared a great story of Vermont history and connection…

“My 96 year old Uncle Harvey Austin tells me that in 1933-34, he and my Uncle Dave helped Clint Gilbert hook up a model A Ford to power the rope tow and a couple of Ford wheels for pulleys. All they had to purchase were some poles & several hundred feet of line. When it opened folks paid $1/day & locals got in free. My 6 Aunts and Uncles paid $1.29 for a pair of skis from Montgomery Ward that they all shared for years. My Uncle Dave got pretty good at downhill and in 1948 he placed 2nd in downhill and combined at the VT State Championships. He held that title for about 10 years before, as he told it, some young buck took over the title. Things have sure changed. It’s kind of cool to be related to a piece of history.”