Last week's storm cycle blanketed the valleys as well as the peaks in the Bitterroot.
To my eyes, the first few snowfalls accentuate the landscape. Shadowy trees and rocks that usually blend into the background stand out starkly in their frosty finery.
We brought both snowshoes and chacos - but used neither. The slippery log above saved us from wet, cold feet. We'll need another storm or two before snowshoes would be useful down low.