I sketched this out a few years ago when we had some snow and I was out looking for good curves in my trails to paint. It sat as a sketch since then until recently when I adapted another small work I was struggling with, and had converting it to a night time scene. Something about this image, along with another I was working on, seemed ripe for that kind of change. I had been out at night looking at the trails in the snow and had that on my mind. Rubbing in a darker color over the whole image and wiping away excess paint gave it a new light, which led my way.