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Suicide Six to open Dec. 23

Operation scheduled modified to five days a week

For its 85th season, the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Suicide Six Ski Area will modify operations to prioritize the safety of its guests and employees.

“The changes for the 2020-2021 ski season are a necessary shift to protect the health and safety of our patrons and employees,” said Tim Reiter, general manager of Suicide Six Ski Area. “We are excited to provide our valued guests a stellar snow experience while also safeguarding their wellbeing. As winter progresses, we will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts and state government officials.”

The operating schedule will be modified to five days per week, opening the lodge and lifts from Wednesday through Sunday. Every guest must complete a ski attestation form upon arrival to certify compliance with all state guidelines. Face coverings are required for guests and employees at all times in public spaces such as outdoor seating areas, the parking lot, in the lodge, loading and riding the lifts, and during all ski and snowboard lessons. Masks can be temporarily removed while on the trails or eating.

The lodge will have usage and interior capacity limits with access only permitted to the ski shop, equipment rentals, and restrooms. Temperature screening will be mandatory prior to entrance into the base lodge. Movement patterns will be employed and clearly defined to promote social distancing. Storage of personal belongings will not be permitted inside the lodge and patrons’ vehicles will become their lockers.

This season all food and beverage services will be offered outside. To ensure a safe, distanced après ski experience Perley’s Pourhouse will serve chef-prepared grab-and-go-meals and to-go bar service. The ski area’s expanded outdoor deck features additional seating, fire pits, and wind cover areas for guests to rest and warm up.

Pass prices have been kept at last year’s reduced rate. Ski pass buyers are guaranteed that if the season becomes limited to 30 operating days or less, passes can roll forward to 2021-2022. Daily lift tickets may be limited at peak periods and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance to minimize in-person transactions. The ski area’s new Heroes Pass will honor active-duty military, veterans, and their spouses, as well as all healthcare and healthcare support workers.

Suicide Six is smaller than most other resorts in the state with just 100 acres of skiing and snowboarding on 24 trails, but it does have suitable for all skill levels, making it a great family mountain. Compared to larger ski areas, Suicide Six offers shorter than average lift times and less crowds.

Recognized as one of the oldest ski areas in the country, Suicide Six has a rich history. America’s first rope tow, introduced on nearby Gilbert’s Farm in 1934, evolved into the opening of Suicide Six in 1936. In 1961 Laurance S. Rockefeller purchased Suicide Six from its founder, Wallace “Bunny” Bertram, as part of his vision for the community of Woodstock.

For more information visit suicide6.com/2020-21-modified-operations.

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