It’s been a good winter so far here in Southwest Montana. Better than most locals expected, as El Nino typically doesn’t favor this Northern Rockies region. But as local photographer Travis Andersen reports, the Bridger Range had only been getting several small two- to six-inch dumps since mid December. He says that while it keeps the hill in good shape, powder hounds were beginning to want more. On February 2, a sneaker storm crept in and started to deposit the famous cold smoke. The forecast was calling for nothing, but the BBC (Bridger Bowl Cloud) had other plans. Every now and then, Andersen adds, the freak cloud will dump its load on the mountain and leave the valley completely dry. The official numbers were three to six inches during the day and another 13 overnight, but the temps were cold and the powder was light—so light that some suspect the sensors weren’t seeing it right. Early on the morning of the 3rd, the cloud vanished and set the stage for a classic sunny powder day at Bridger Bowl. Here is a collection of shots of that day from Andersen and other local photographer Jason Thompson.