Snow on Going to the Sun Road

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September 7, 2015 – From what I heard, it was a bit unusual for Going to the Sun Road to be closed this early due to snowfall, but it was only for a couple of days.  As soon as I heard it was open again, I took off like a flash!

Snow - St Mary Lake

Usually I would start from the west side and drive east down Going to the Sun Road, but this time, from where I was staying in Columbia Falls, I took Highway 2 to Hwy. 49 to Hwy. 89 to St. Mary.  Starting from this side let me see pristine snow on the mountains across from the beautiful blue St. Mary Lake.  For a contrasting picture of this same view minus the snow, see East Side drive page.

Snow - road 1

It was getting cloudier as I headed west, but it was wonderful to see how different the mountains looked with a dusting of freshly fallen snow.

snow - road 3

There was a bit of snow on the side of the road, but the road itself was clear and not slippery.

snow - tunnel

Coming to the tunnel – it sure looked a lot different than on this page of my favorite pics taken the month before.

Snow - peak

Not only the snow, but the low lying clouds on the mountaintops were gorgeous!

snow - Logan Pass

Me freezing at Logan Pass – the snow here was deep because of being piled up from clearing the parking lot.

Snow - valley

I really loved the contrast of the still green valley and the snow capped mountains.

Snow - sunset 1

As the sun was getting lower in the sky, the deepening shadows lent a more dreamy effect to the mountains.

Snow - sunset 2

I knew it was going to be dark soon, but I still just couldn’t resist lingering to watch the changing colors.

I don’t honestly think there could be a bad time on this road, and I sure enjoyed every single time I was on it, but the fresh snow added an element this southern gal sure did appreciate!

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