We all know what it’s like to work behind the front lines of Yellowstone but does the public know? They do if they read these books! Come and find out what former employees of Xanterra, Yellowstone Association, and the Park Service have to say about living and working in Yellowstone.
Jessi Gerdes has been one of the research librarians at Yellowstone for almost 11 years. She’s answered questions on everything from laws in the park to ghosts at the Inn. While she may not immediately be able to answer your question, she can help you find the book that will.
Tuesday, February 2nd – 7:00 pm in the Old Faithful Employee Pub
Thursday, February 18th – 6:00 pm in the Mammoth Conference Room
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Photo Entry Deadline is February 8 by 5:00 pm
The Winter Employee Photo Contest is back! Whether you’re new to the contest or a veteran winner, turn your photos into the Snow Lodge, Mammoth or Parkwide recreation office by February 8 for a chance to win. There are three categories: Wildlife, Scenic, and People. The prizes for the top three in each category are: $50, $35, and $25.
Photos will be displayed for judging on these dates:
February 11 – Mammoth Xanterra Employee Dining Room 11 am – 1 pm
February 13 – Old Faithful Employee Pub 3 pm – 10 pm
As with all YCERP events, employees (and their immediate family members) of NPS, YPSS, DNC, Medcor, and Xanterra are welcome to participate in both entries and judging!
Print an entry form right here. You must submit one entry per photo.
Thursday, January 21st – 7:00 PM in the Old Faithful Employee Pub
Tuesday, January 26th – 6:00 PM in the Mammoth Conference Room
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Our Winter Staff Gear is here and available for purchase! We have t-shirts, hoodies and sweatpants this winter. You can stop by the Parkwide or Mammoth Recreation Office Monday – Friday between 8 am and 5 pm to buy your gear. You can also call 344-5225 or 344-5283 and talk to one of us if you are not located in Mammoth. For Snow Lodge, beginning Thursday you can stop by the Snow Lodge Recreation Office in Larkspur 119 to purchase your gear. Check out our Activity Calendars here for more information on office hours. We have limited sizes in each color so be sure to buy yours soon!
T-shirts start at $20 and come in Blue Dusk, Dark Heather and Forest Green.
Hoodies start at $35 and come in Charcoal and Navy
Sweatpants start at $28 and come in Dark Heather.
We still have a few Nalgenes, stickers and Koozies left so be sure to check those out as well!
The Grand Targhee Employee Ski Trip is almost upon us! The three day/two night trip on January 22, 23 and 24 is the perfect way to get out of the park and hit the slopes. From Mammoth and Snow Lodge, we meet in West Yellowstone and then head to the resort. At the cozy resort you’ll find an outdoor hot tub and heated swimming pool, an exercise facility, several different dining options and of course some of the best powder in the Lower 48!
The trip cost includes transportation from your location, two nights lodging in the Teewinot Lodge, a full day ski pass on the 23rd, snacks and a $20 gift card to the resort. Ski/snowboard rentals are not included.
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The deadline for signups is January 14 so don’t delay and sign up today!
The winter season has begun in Yellowstone! The snow is falling, the animals are out and the majesty of the park is evident everywhere. There are all kinds of things happening in Mammoth and Snow Lodge to keep you busy this winter.
Canyon Coach Trips
We will have several trips to Canyon throughout the season. These trips are $10 and are geared towards cross-country skiers but snowshoers and sightseers are welcome to sign up. Xanterra Transportation is kind enough to lend us a coach and driver at a highly discounted price so due to the popularity of the trips, non-Xanterra employees are eligible on a space-available basis. The dates are as follows:
Mammoth Hot Springs / Gardiner
*Signups begin Monday, December 28th at 8:00 am. Please stop by the Parkwide Recreation Office in the Mammoth Recreation Hall or call Leigh Ann at 344-5225 to sign up.
Saturday, January 9th
Wednesday, January 20th
Saturday, February 6th
Sunday, February 21st – SIGHTSEEING ONLY TRIP
*You can sign up now for these trips! Please stop by the Snow Lodge Recreation Office in Larkspur 119.
Wednesday, January 6th
Wednesday, February 10th
Grand Targhee Employee Ski Trip
Sign up now for the annual employee ski trip! It will be January 22 – 24. This is your chance to downhill ski at a resort known for its great powder (over 500 inches annually) and short lift lines. The resort also has two restaurants, a hot tub, outdoor heated pool and just a general feeling of coziness in the mountains. Your price includes transportation, your hotel room for both nights, a lift ticket for January 23rd, snacks and a $20 gift card for the resort. Click here for prices.
There are two seminars currently scheduled for this season. The first is a Birds of Winter talk presented by Katy Duffy. Discover how adaptations enable birds like bald eagles, trumpeter swans and even tiny chickadees to survive winter in Yellowstone.
Snow Lodge: Thursday, January 21st 7:00 pm Employee Pub
Mammoth Hot Springs: Tuesday, January 26th 6:00 pm Mammoth Conference Room
The second seminar is a literature talk presented by Jessi Gerdes titled “This ain’t Alice’s Park : true stories of living and working in Wonderland”. She will talk about several different accounts of literature from real park employees detailing their life while working in Yellowstone.
Snow Lodge: Tuesday, February 2nd 7:00 pm Employee Pub
Mammoth Hot Springs: Thursday, February 18th 6:00 pm Mammoth Conference Room
There are all kinds of other things happening this winter! Click here for location Activity Calendars.
The 6th Annual Parkwide Cornhole Tournament
Friday, August 22nd – 9:00 pm at the Old Faithful Employee Pub Entry: $5 per team.
This isn’t any ol’ bags tournament. This tourney promises to bring together the best bag slingers in Yellowstone. Tourney entry fees will be added to a $300 cash purse. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners receive cash prizes. There are no preliminary tournaments. Simply be at the Old Faithful employee pub between 8:30 and 8:45 pm to register. Tournament style (double elimination, single elimination, cancellation scoring) will be determined by number of teams to sign up. Must provide own transportation.
What You’ve All Been Waiting / Clicking / Snapping for—The Employee Photo Contest
With so much to do and see each summer in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, there’s just not enough time to experience everything. Luckily for us the Employee Photo Contest allows us to see the GYE through many eyes. Grizzly cubs playing on Mount Washburn, wranglers laughing at the Roosevelt corrals, early morning mist rising off the Firehole—Yellowstone employees capture amazing moments. Share your photographic artistry and your summer experiences by entering the photo contest. The five categories are Landscape, Close-Up, Wildlife, People, and Humorous. The top three finishers in each category will be awarded $50, $30, and $20, respectively, and have their winning photos displayed with full credits on the YCERP webpage. For details and entry forms stop into your location employee recreation office.
All entries must be submitted by 5:00 pm, Monday, August 11th. Photo contest judging will be held in employee recreation halls on August 19th, 20th, and 21st in tandem with Winter Job Fairs hosted by Xanterra.
Entry forms posted here:
Photo Contest Entry Form – Summer 2014
FORE! Yellowstone Employees Hit the Links Friday August 22nd
Do you like to golf, but haven’t touched a club in a while? Perfect! The Yellowstone Employee Golf Tournament at Overland Golf Course in Big Timber, Montana is just the tournament for you. In this 4 person team scramble you won’t need to hit every shot perfectly—if your shot ricochets off a cottonwood and settles in an outhouse keep on walking—your teammates will pick you up. Your greens fee, cart, and lunch is included for $45, and you have a chance to win prizes for Place, KPs, and Long Drive. Rental sets are available for $7. Register as a single or as a group with your location recreation office by Tuesday, August 19th at 5:00 pm.
Check out the flyer with more information here:
Yellowstone Employee Golf Tournament Flyer
Parkwide Disc Golf Tournament
If you like to get out and throw meet us on Lake’s George Anderson Course on Thursday, August 14th for the Parkwide Disc Golf Championship. Register with the Lake recreation office the day of the tournament to receive a scorecard. Prizes awarded to winners.