It was a warmish, sunny day so we drove up to "the Park" yesterday. Stopped at Montana Coffee Traders in Columbia Falls on the way. It was Cabin Fever Days in Martin City - just west of the park so saw some action in that "town". We drove along Lake McDonald observing the beauty that was snow covered. The lake had some ice but was not solid. Went back to Apgar, walked through the art store then took a walk through the trees. The walk had been packed down with snow shoes and cross country skis so it was an easy walk in our hiking boots. In the summer this trail is a paved bike path. The trees smelled heavenly! We walked toward Fish Creek campground where there was a lot of snow behind the gate keeping us from going further.
Not only is this weekend a holiday weekend for the USA but for Canada as well. The valley has a lot of tourists in town now and some were in the park to recreate yesterday. I noticed license plates from Alberta Canada and many states. Big Mountain has been crowded all weekend so we have decided it wasn't worth trying to down hill ski. We are so spoiled here with no lines that it just isn't worth it to us to contend with crowds - which in other ski areas would be laughable!
Here is a photo of Apgar Village today from the park's web cam http://www.nps.gov/glac/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm