WHITEFISH - Massive amounts of snow fell in across northwest Montana on Tuesday night closed roads and schools Wednesday morning. While many people around the country may prefer to stay inside, away from the cold and snow, many Montanans opt to go outside.
It snowed about just under a foot overnight and was still lightly coming down in the morning. Columbia Falls and Whitefish canceled school because of road conditions and winter enthusiasts are getting out in any way they can.
Skiers and snowboarders got up Big Mountain Road in a hurry on Wednesday to catch almost a foot of fresh powder at Whitefish Mountain Resort. When ski towns like Whitefish getting a large amount of snow like this, the town closes down and the surrounding mountains come alive.
“Well, you can see everyone that can take the day off has taken the day off. All the parking lots are pretty jammed right now so it’s a lot of locals here today. Excitement level is running very high,” said Bert, a Ski Ambassador at the resort.
And not just the locals but out-of-staters who moved to Montana because of snow days like this were also getting in on the action.
“Oh, it’s awesome. I mean, days like this are kind of what you live for as a skier. Everybody’s excited, everybody jumped out of bed ready to get to the mountain this morning and it’s just everybody out here having a good time,” said Alabama native, and now Whitefish resident, Evan Mccullers.
Not only were people skiing on Wednesday, but finding fun in the snow in other ways as well.
Devin Harshbarger, a border patrol officer, has his own drone photography company he runs on the side and he says days like this are perfect to get out there and grab some shots.
"When these big dumps of snow come along it’s great to get out and get some great drone footage, the colder temps make your battery time’s a little shorter but there’s nothing like seeing that fresh snow, fresh terrain, everything for the first time,” said Harshbarger.
With more snow and cold temperatures on the way, outdoor winter enthusiasts will have more than enough time to play.