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!
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.
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.
There was a bit of snow on the side of the road, but the road itself was clear and not slippery.
Coming to the tunnel – it sure looked a lot different than on this page of my favorite pics taken the month before.
Not only the snow, but the low lying clouds on the mountaintops were gorgeous!
Me freezing at Logan Pass – the snow here was deep because of being piled up from clearing the parking lot.
I really loved the contrast of the still green valley and the snow capped mountains.
As the sun was getting lower in the sky, the deepening shadows lent a more dreamy effect to the mountains.
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!