Reece Bell, deep in the trees near "Stump Farm"
The 13/14 winter in Big Sky, Montana, began with a brutal, 10-day cold snap in early December. Then, it started dumping, and Christmas Eve saw a gift from Mother Nature: three feet of light powder.
In January 2014, while the East Coast was in the icy grip of the polar vortex, the days at Big Sky were sunny and mild, with non-existent lift lines (even for the Lone Peak tram) and magnificent views. But no powder snow.
That changed in February, which had a few bitterly cold days, but many more powder days.
And the snow continued in March, with some more massive dumps, creating some of the best snow coverage on the south face of Lone Peak for many years, according to long-time locals.
Big Sky remains open until April 20th, 2014.