Commercial Use Authorization for Guided Sking & Snowshoeing: Operating Plan

General Provisions

  1. The CUA for Skiing and Snowshoeing allows the CUA holder to conduct guided interpretative nordic skiing, telemark skiing or snowshoeing trips.
  2. Overnight backcountry use is not authorized.
  3. Skiing and snowshoeing is prohibited on groomed roads.
  4. We encourage CUA holders to stay on designated trails. If your groups travels off-trail, all off-trail travel must be reported in the monthly use reports (see reporting requirements)
  5. Maximum group size for day use is 12 people including one qualified guide.
  6. CUA holders are limited to three groups per day and each group must be dispersed a minimum of 60 minutes apart and may not congregate at a destination.
  7. The Concessioner may not provide ski schools, snowboard trips, or trips that include extreme skiing or technical mountaineering. Avalanche safety courses may be allowed upon approval.
  8. The Permit holder listed on the CUA permit may take short videos or photos to advertise the permitted business in areas permitted to operate without disruption to the public. Footage may be shot with a small handheld video camera, DSLR or Go Pro and tripod. If the CUA holder hires a videographer or photographer to capture footage for advertisement purposes, a Commercial Film Permit is required. For Commercial Film Permit inquiries, please contact the Film Office at (307) 344-2722, or (307) 344-2115.

Staffing and Employment

  1. Each guide must have completed Level 1 Avalanche training if telemark skiing in the backcountry and off trail. Guides skiing in the front country areas and on designated trails are not required to have completed Level 1 Avalanche training.
  2. Each guide must be equipped with transceivers and probes if telemark skiing in the backcountry and off trail. Guides skiing in the front country areas and on designated trails are not required to be equipped with transceivers and probes.
  3. At a minimum, one guide on each trip must be currently certified in standard first aid and CPR, a carry a first aid kit. Wilderness 1st Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification is recommended. A written list of guides and dates of standard first-aid certification must be provided to the Concessions Management Office prior to the beginning of the operational season. Copies of first-aid cards need not be submitted.
  4. Guides must be at least 18 years of age and trained in basic safety, resource protection, Leave No Trace principles, park rules and regulations, and the nature and demands of the trip. Leave No Trace certification is recommended.
  5. The Concessioner will provide adequate, applicable training to each employee. Guides should be trained instructors of all the Nordic disciplines: cross country, skate and telemark skiing. Guides are encouraged to take part in annual interpretive training. Reading material is available on park history, Leave No Trace practices, winter ecology, Teton flora and fauna, geology, weather, animal adaptations, teaching natural history and field naturalist techniques.
  6. One guide on each trip must have previous, relevant outdoor experience including previous experience on the trails and /or area they are guiding.
  7. The guide for any trip, within the park, must have a basic knowledge of map reading, and must have a topographic map for the area of their trip. It is recommended the guide have a compass and knowledge of compass use.

Operational Requirements

  1. All guides shall carry a basic first aid kit suitable for backcountry emergencies. Suggested items include 1 roll of two-inch medical tape, 1 roll of two-inch gauze, 1 two-inch ace bandage, 2 triangular bandages, 2 two-inch compresses, 6 four-inch compresses, 1 emergency blanket and several pairs of disposable gloves. Hot beverages, extra clothing, repair kit, and ensolite sitting pads should also be included.
  2. Guides will ensure that clients are properly attired for the current and forecasted weather conditions. Routes will be determined based on clients’ abilities and desires.
  3. While in Yellowstone, the CUA holder or guide shall remain with their clients for the duration of the trip.
  4. The CUA holder or guide shall provide all clients with an orientation prior to the trip which emphasizes safe practices while skiing and snowshoeing in winter conditions, Leave No Trace ethics, park rules and regulations, and specific nature, demands, and dangers of the particular trip.

Last updated: January 6, 2017

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