Western Mass-Pioneer Valley
Submitted By: Dobish on April 29, 2010
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One of my favorite lines in the front range with lots of options. You can ski the couloir between the double summits for a nice 40 degree pitch with rock wall on either side.
You can also ski the Northeast face. Not sure on the slope angle but it is a open face with limited exposure.
You can ski the South East face for a more mellow descent (better if you started at Butler Gultch) with amazing terrain and small playful features all the way down.
**Take all necessary avalanche precautions. It is not uncommon to get a lot of wind loading in this area due to its proximity to the divide.**
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.