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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This is a moderate climb but due to the southern aspect and the lower elevation, the snow is often melted out and sunbaked towards the bottom of the trail. Not a very good place for spring skiing once it gets warm. This canyon is access to a lot of other terrain back in the drainage including couloirs and other steeper terrain.

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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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