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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Suicide Six

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"As long as this old body will go around, I'll have fun," laughed Ruth Delaney of Wilder.

Delaney has already skied 41 days at Suicide Six this season. But she tells us that's nothing.

"When I was younger I skied 76 days here, which was my age at that point," she said.

Delaney and other skiers alike are drawn to Suicide Six for the old school appeal and friendly environment. The Underwood family of Long Island, N.Y., said they like it because it's more of a social and family experience than the larger mountains. Six-year-old Mary has already been skiing here for a few years, and loves the bumps.

"I just like to go up and down them," she said. "It's just so much fun for me to do."

There's no shortage of fun or history on the mountain. In 1934, Bunny Bertram set up a rope tow on Gilbert's Farm, which is on the backside of Suicide Six; this was the first ski lift in the Eastern U.S.

Bunny is also responsible for the mountain's unusual name.

"Basically it was Bunny Bertrum walking the hills with a topographical map, with his friends. They stopped at the hill number six and one of his friends looked down the face trail, and said to ski that would be suicide," said Chuck Vanderstreet of Suicide Six.

Suicide Six offers 23 trails, with a vertical drop of 650 feet. Even though Suicide Six is a somewhat smaller mountain, it actually skis a lot bigger. The face is really steep. Whether you prefer skiing steep terrain or easier cruisers, ski conditions are enjoyable. There's lots of soft, buttery snow.

"It's beautiful, it's gorgeous, easy to ski and it's unbelievable skiing conditions here," said Jennifer Homa of Stockbridge.

"They're the best they've been in a long time... Yeah, they're really good," said Dylan Keith of Hamilton, Mass.

Suicide Six and many other area mountains are in good shape right now. And with comfortable late winter temperatures in the forecast, it's a good excuse to head outside and make some turns.

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