The Beartooth Highway runs through the Beartooth Mountains and connects Montana to Yellowstone National Park. It is has been called the most scenic highway in America. Due to snow, it is only open for a limited amount of time every year. The road crews try to have it open by Memorial Day, but sometimes Mother Nature feels the need to dump tons of snow well into June, so the opening date is just an approximation. It closes when the snow begins to get too unmanageable.
Today, I was assigned to shoot a video of the Road crews clearing the pass. And since all the photographers were busy on other assignments, they asked me to shoot photos for the paper. I’m hoping that these will make the cover of the paper. I have had a few photos on the inside, but I am still waiting to get my first cover.
In normal year the drifts will be 10 to 20 ft high, and it can feel like you are driving through a snow tunnel. However, this year there hasn’t been very much precipitation, so the largest drift that we saw was less than five feet. Even though there wasn’t alot of snow it was still great to get to be on the highway when no other cars were allowed to be on there, and to be able to stop wherever I wanted to take pictures and video.
Since there really wasn’t much snow to plow this year, the story became about the lack of snow, and how it enabled the road crews to perform much needed repairs to the road that have been postponed due to the previous harsh winters.
Here is a link to the story on the Billings Gazette’s website.
These are a few of the photos that I didn’t turn in.