Wallace Bertram (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1981
Born: January 28,1908, Woodstock, VT
Died: January 29, 1981 Woodstock, VT
Wallace "Bunny" Bertram was responsible for developing the first continuously operating ski tow in the United States. He was successful in overcoming the technical problems of the first ski tow developed at Gilberts Hill outside Woodstock, Vermont in 1934. In 1936 he began development of what would be the famous Suicide Six Ski area, that he owned and operated for 25 years. It became one of the premier training hills in the United States. He pioneered the first NASTAR type races, developed the first certification test for ski instructors in 1948 and installed the first poma type lift for New England in 1954. He also assisted in setting up the first youth racing program in America. During his years at Suicide Six his area provided excellent training for Dartmouth's great ski teams.