Right now there are no outfits lined up to provide guided winter snowcoach service from the East Entrance. Two tours a day are allowed under the current winter guidelines, but service has been inconsistent: the East Entrance can be a treacherous route in heavy snow conditions (the Sylvan Pass can be nasty), and more than once this last winter the East Entrance was closed.
So, with no vendor lined up, the National Park Service is out looking for a vendor. Here’s the information released by the Park Service today:
Yellowstone is looking for someone interested in providing guided winter snowcoach tours originating from the park’s East Entrance.
Under the current temporary winter use plan, two commercially guided snowcoach tours a day may originate from the park’s East Entrance, during a core operating season of December 22 through March 1, weather conditions permitting.
The National Park Service has released a prospectus explaining the details of the business opportunity as well as the terms and conditions under which a contract would be awarded. The new contract would end April 1, 2013.
The prospectus is available by contacting Jacque Lavelle in Denver by email at Jacque_Lavelle@nps.gov or by phone at (303) 969-2661 weekdays during normal business hours.
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