(CNN) — A popular Vermont ski resort known as the “Suicide Six” has announced it will be changing its “insensitive” name in the coming weeks.
The resort shared the news in a post on your website on June 28.
“Our resort team embraces the growing awareness around mental health and shares the growing concern about the insensitive nature of the historic name. The sentiments that the word ‘suicide’ evokes can have a significant impact on many in our community,” the note said.
“It is vital that the name better represent and celebrate what makes it a beloved and vibrant part of this community. Although some may find change difficult, we remain convinced that this evolution is warranted for an iconic treasure and, what more importantly, it is necessary to continue its rich history of inclusion and accessibility,” the message continued.
The ski and snowboard resort is located in the town of Pomfret, Vermont, about 80 km south of the state capital, Montpelier.
Located north of Woodstock, Vermont, this area is credited with being the first major ski area in the United States. Wallace “Bunny” Bertram, a member of the United States Ski Hall of Fame, installed an early rope towing system on the mountain there, an innovation many cite as the first cable car.
Bertram, who passed away in 1981, named the area “Suicide Six”, which he found more memorable than the existing name of “Hill 6”.
The resort is also a member of Ski Vermont’s “Fairness, Equity and Diversity” initiative. Forty-eight ski resorts in the state have signed an open letter in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.
Ski and outdoor destinations across North America have had their names rethought in recent years.
Last year, California’s Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort, which hosted snow events at the 1960 Winter Olympics, decided to change his name to Palisades Tahoe.
“While we love our local history and the memories we all associate with this place as it has been called for so long, we are faced with overwhelming evidence that the term ‘squaw’ is considered offensive,” said Ron Cohen, president and station’s director of operations, who added that the property had worked with the local Washoe tribe on the renaming project.
Meanwhile, in Canada, a group of mountain cabins located in Jasper National Park decided to change their name from Pocahontas Cabins to Miette Mountain Cabins after dialogue with the First Nations communities in the area.