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Mt. Tom in 2014
Mt. Tom
Woodstock, Vermont
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1951-52
Last Season:1977-78
Vertical Drop:500 feet
Standing Lifts:
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: Mt. Tom in 2014
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Located adjacent to the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, Vermont, Mt. Tom was a small ski area that operated for three decades. Just a few miles south of the American birthplace of the ski rope tow, Mt. Tom likely opened circa 1951-52. With wide novice slopes, the area attracted families and beginners alike.

Circa 1961, Laurance Rockefeller took over Mt. Tom and nearby Suicide Six, marketing the former for novices and the latter for experts under his RockResorts enterprise. A Poma lift was installed at Mt. Tom for the 1960-61 season, as well as a Larchmont snowmaking system. A new base lodge and parking lot were also constructed. In addition to the ski area acquisitions, Rockefeller also took over the Woodstock Country Club, which would later feature a golf course designed by family associate and noted golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, as well as the nordic skiing center.

A ski school lesson at Mt. Tom
A ski school lesson at Mt. Tom

The 1961-62 season saw the addition of a novice Poma lift at Mt. Tom, as well as expanded snowmaking. By the end of the decade, the system covered some 60 acres. While Mt. Tom would not see any new lifts in its future, a new trail was cut for the 1965-66 season. By 1967, snowmaking covered the terrain adjacent to both Poma lifts, totaling 12 acres. Additional snowmaking improvements were reportedly made for the 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons.

Meanwhile, Rockefeller acquired the Woodstock Inn in 1967, which he rebuilt for the 1969-70 season. A new nordic touring center debuted in 1970.

With the diverse holdings, RockResorts was able to market ski weeks including skiing at its two areas, lessons, lodging at the inn, banquets, and cocktail parties, all in the immediate vicinity of the village of Woodstock.

A 1970 Mt. Tom-Suicide Six advertisement
A 1970 Mt. Tom-Suicide Six advertisement

By the mid 1970s, RockResorts had two small ski areas with aging infrastructure amidst larger, more modern resorts elsewhere in New England. A series of investments was made at Suicide Six starting in 1975, when a double chairlift was installed and trails smoothed. For the 1975-76 season, RockResorts President Robert Barton announced the areas had been renamed "Woodstock's Six and Tom" to leverage the Woodstock image while also differentiating Mt. Tom from the Massachusetts ski area of the same name.

Two new beginner lifts were subsequently installed at Suicide Six, the latter of which was complemented with the construction of a new lodge in 1978. The newly renovated Suicide Six was now a more balanced area, making Mt. Tom redundant. As a result, the area closed circa 1978, though some sources place the closure as late as 1981.

As of 2018, the lifts are long gone, but the ski slopes remain, often used by sledders.

Image Gallery
1961-62 Eastern Ski Map1962-63 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Eastern Ski Map1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
The former lift line (2016)
Baby Poma

Platter
1961-62
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The former lift line (2014)
Poma

Platter
1960-61
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Maps
1968-69 Mt. Tom Trail Map1975-76 Mt. Tom/Suicide Six Rendering
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1974-751974-75 Ticket Price Graph$90.001974-75 Season Pass Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$5.501969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$4.501968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$4.501967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$4.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$4.501963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$4.501962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price Graph1961-62 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 15March 311961-62 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"first skied mt. tom in 1960. in 1965 got in major trouble with coach Dailey for skiing before the state basketball championship game. lol"
Bruce Douglas class of 1965, May. 30, 2018
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External Links
  • Mt. Tom (VT) - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: November 20, 2018

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