Helena, Montana, is a surprising city for an Easterner.
Not very large, it sits on the eastern side of the mountain range, so for the most part it doesn’t get a lot of snow relatively speaking. But it does get cold, the the wind whips across the plains and through the valleys with a bit of chill.
I was in town on a business trip. There was a light covering of snow, but the light was rapidly starting to fade in this state capital. As I rounded a curve, I saw this image which captures the blue of big sky country and the amazing mountain ranges which loom all around.
I “think” if I have my geography correctly, that Lewis and Clark would have come out of the mountains at the gap in the far distance.