Western Mass-Pioneer Valley

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Western Mass-Pioneer Valley

Submitted By: Dobish on April 29, 2010

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From the top of Agassiz the line descends to down the high alpine ridge to the east.  Just short of the saddle it descends to the skiers right towards the south and town.  This route then followes the avalanche path and drainage for long beautiful run.  At the bottom you begin meandering right towards the Leroux fire scar.  Once you hit Freidlein Prairie Road this is the end of the run and you follow the road to skiers right back to snowbowl road. This is a long run, make sure you carry a map.  It flattens out at the end and you would like to get back to snowbowl road so you can get a ride back up to the ski area.  Please also be advised that this is the ski run where the only Arizona avalanche fatality occured, be smart.

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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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