Wyoming Guides, Outfitters Question Liability Insurance

August 27, 2012

A number of Grand Teton National Park concessionaires are protesting rising liability insurance requirements for outfitters and guides.

In recent years, the National Park Service has begun requiring smaller companies involved in high-risk activities, such as rafting and climbing, to buy general liability coverage of up to $5 million.

A group that includes various Jackson Hole mountain and rafting guides says that number is unreasonably high. They contend it would raise their insurance premiums significantly.

Kurt Rausch leads the Park Service’s contract management team lead.

Rausch tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that liability insurance requirements for concessionaire contracts are set on a case-by-case basis using consultants,

He says there are no predetermined requirements for any type of contract.

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