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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Featured Descent

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Chimney Chute

The main descent is straight down the chute through two hallways, which are not super narrow.  There is a skiers right option if the main line has already been hit.  It is a great route but can have serious avalanche hazards and potential to pin a person into a rock or drag over a cliff.  Pay attention to the convexity on the top, this route can get wind loaded.  The exit is a right turn down the first creek to the parking lot.

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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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