Winter Use Plan Update

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  • Winter Use EIS

    Update: September 7th 2012

    The Park Service announced that they would extend the existing “one-year rule” for another season.The Winter Season 2012-2013 for snowmobile and snowcoach access to Yellowstone National Park will open on December 15, 2012.

    What does the extension of the “One-Year Rule” for 2012-2013 Winter Season mean?

    This means that starting December 15, 2012  318 commercially guided Best Available Technology snowmobiles and 78 commercially guided snowcoaches will be allowed.  The proposed extension will also continue to provide access for motorized travel from the East Entrance road over Sylvan Pass. The extended one-year rule allows the same level of activity as the 2011-2012 season.

    It means that our combined efforts during the first draft SEIS comment period ending August 20, 2012 made a difference!

    The Park Service has now determined that many issues need to be further analyzed before a new long range Winter Use Plan can be put in place for the 2013-2014 season and beyond. This additional analysis will be conducted using the current Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) process which will include the winter season 2012-2013 in Yellowstone.

    In closing this update let us state, please enjoy our continued access to Yellowstone and make your plans to come and enjoy your National Park this winter on a snowmobile!

    In a nut shell, The Park will be open this year to snowmobiles, snowcoaches, cross country skiing and snowshoes.  The same restrictions will apply this year as last.  There is plenty of space available. Give us a call for any of your winter needs, complete packages or individual snowmobiles rentals, snowcoaches, lodging etc. We are celebrating our 41st year showing people the beauties of Yellowstone.  We hope you will come and see us.

    Clyde Seely