Western Mass-Pioneer Valley

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Western Mass-Pioneer Valley

Submitted By: Dobish on April 29, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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North Chute

Tree chute, very steep, the top part when you are traversing to the descent is very meadow skippy but the second you are in the chute it is a tight and steep tree chute.  It's probably about 500' long once you are in the chute proper,  If you manage to get first tracks in it, your in for a pretty incredible ski.  Once you ski the chute ski out towards skiers left through some low angle trees to the road cut.  NOTE: this pull out is probably the single most annoying place at berthoud pass to catch a ride from.  My advice-cross to the other side of the road and walk up the hill aways (assuming the side is plowed).  If you ski out towards the right it will take you to 7 mile, which is a very long low angle ski down to Winter Park.

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Details

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.

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