President's day, two years ago? If so, I was there. It surprisingly wasn't very crowded that weekend. That being said, I live back east. I've seen crazy crowds and not so much crowds, everywhere. Most places, you can learn how to manage and get away from the crowds. Generally, go where the crowd isn't. -)
Ohh, was the person at the guardrail just over the pass? The "ohhh sH*T guardrail that is a for-sure life saver?" I saw someone hit that puppy. I nearly sh*t myself for them! haha
We might be talking about the same spot...huge cliff drop to the left, avalanche shit in front/right, as you're going uphill around a big curve. Dude just spun out and bounced off the guardrail. And he was in a Jeep! We just had a shitty rental Chevy 4x4, but it served us well.