It is the second New England ski area to change its name this year.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
After thirty-three years as Shawnee Peak, Pleasant Mountain has regained its original name.
According to a letter from general manager Ralph Lewis, the name change came as the result of a survey conducted last spring. Lewis noted that, "With the tremendous amount of history associated with this ski area, plus having new ownership and your support, I strongly feel that now is the right time to make this change."
Named after the 2,006 foot mountain on which it is situated, Pleasant Mountain's ski history dates back to 1935, when multiple groups started developing a winter recreation area on the northern slope. A rope tow reportedly opened in January 1938. A T-Bar was installed in 1953 followed by a double chairlift in 1955.
After a series of ownership changes, Shawnee Mountain Corp. acquired the ski area in 1988 and renamed it Shawnee Peak after its Pennsylvania ski area. Chet Homer retained the name when he acquired the area in 1994. Homer sold Shawnee Peak to Boyne Resorts in 2021.
Boyne recently renamed its Boyne Highlands resort to Highlands at Harbor Springs.
The Pleasant Mountain name change is the second to occur in New England this year. In July, Suicide Six in Vermont abandoned its historic name in favor of Saskadena Six.