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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Aladdin’s Coulior

From the drop in the route heads to the skiers right down a relatively wide chute, which bends left approximately half way down. There can be a short ice pitch on the lower part. Once out of the Couloir ski out of the corrie back to the ski area.

The intial slope is the steepest section and often corniced. The remainder is at less than forty degrees. An easier entrance can be had on the skiers left. A fall in the top section is ill advised as it could result in the skier tumbling down Aladdin's Mirror Direct.

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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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