Western Mass-Pioneer Valley
Submitted By: Dobish on April 29, 2010
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The route starts with a very short, narrow section passing the pinnacle of rock which gives the gully it's name. From there the gully opens up and allows for some fast and fun skiing at a sustained steep pitch (which I measured at around 45 degrees).
The gully drops you into the Loch Avon basin and the quickest route back is to skin up Coire Domhain before trudging back across the plateau to the car park.
This gully is ideal to link up with another two or three nearby for a full days skiing.[more]
The Pioneer Valley makes up the valley and hill region around the Connecticut River, between Worcester county and the Berkshires. The pioneer valley is often considered to be the drainage of the Connecticut River and the drainages of the following rivers: The Westfield, Swift, Chicopee, Deerfield, and Millers.
Because of the snowfall totals and the weather patterns, the good skiing is generally in mid winter (january, february) but can be pretty fun in february and march. Elevation gain for backcountry skiing in the pioneer valley is between 1000 and 1500 ft.
How to Get There
The Pioneer Valley is located in western mass, near the Connecticut River and the surrounding drainages. Amherst, North Hampton, and Greenfield are the closest towns to where the backcountry adventures are in the Pioneer Valley.