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Today in Denver, Colorado, National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels announced that The American Alpine Club, doing business as The Grand Teton Climbers Ranch, was selected to provide rustic accommodations in Grand Teton National Park under concession contract GRTE005-13. The contract covers a term of ten years.
The American Alpine Club currently provides rustic accommodations for visitors at Climbers Ranch under a concession contract that took effect in 2003; that contract will expire on December 31, 2012. The new contract provides for dormitory-style accommodations in small log cabins, a cook shelter, and central bathroom facilities and showers. In addition, the contract authorizes limited retail sales, laundry facilities, access to telephone and internet services for guests only, and showers for non-guests.
"We are pleased to welcome The American Alpine Club to a new concession contract term. They have been providing affordable rustic lodging to climbers, hikers and other park visitors since the 1970s, and we look forward to continuing this long-standing tradition," said Mary Gibson Scott, superintendent of Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.
The NPS Intermountain Region Office solicited proposals for this business opportunity through a prospectus issued January 30, 2012. Bid proposals were accepted through March 30, 2012. The American Alpine Club's proposal was selected under the provisions of the 1998 Concessions Management Improvement Act. The Act made a number of changes in how concession contracts are awarded with the intent of ensuring quality visitor services, protecting park resources, and enhancing the competitive contract process for NPS concession contracts.
Guidelines used to evaluate proposals can be found online at www.nps.gov/commercialservices.