BILLINGS — The Beartooth Pass was closed Monday evening due to high winds and blowing and drifting snow, according to a media release from the Montana Department of Transportation.
The stretch of US Highway 212 is closed on the Montana side at the lower gate 12 miles south of Red Lodge. The Wyoming side of the road is closed at Long Lake.
The road will be checked on Tuesday morning to see if it will be open to traffic for the day, according to the release.
In the higher elevations at Red Lodge Mountain, snow blanketed the landscape for the first time in recent memory. The mountain was forecasted to accumulate 10 inches of snow by the end of the day.
Snow even fell at the Red Lodge Mountain Golf Course at an elevation about 1,400 feet below the ski resort.
Red Lodge Mountain is scheduled to open up to skiers and snowboarders on Nov. 27 and stay open until Apr. 11.
Last season, COVID-19 forced the ski resort to close the lifts for the season in March, about a month before the previously scheduled end date.
This season, skiers will follow new social distancing and masking protocols while in the lodge and lift line. Visit the mountain's web site to learn more about operations by clicking here.