The Yellowstone Business Partnership held its annual conference at the Jackson Lake Lodge recently to tackle the sticky issue of winter use in Yellowstone National Park. This is not a new issue, of course. In fact, to most Wyomingites, it’s such an old issue that many have trouble engaging it. At the Tuesday May 25 session, however, people were engaged.
Perhaps it was the fact that only the day before snow fell steadily at the southern end of Yellowstone. Perhaps it was the conference theme, “Re-envisioning Winter,” and the diverse group of panelists sitting at the same table – the National Park Service, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, a snow coach concessioner, a snow-mobile organization, an outdoor recreation group – that gave participants a sense that this would be a different conversation about the same old topic.