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Winter Tourism Increases In Bozeman

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Yellowstone National Park is open for their winter season and officials say they expect a large number of visitors to hit the park this weekend.

"This is about the time of year that we really start kicking things off," said Dan Martin, Karst Stage Owner.

Karst Stage Owner, Dan Martin said during the winter season they have up to 100 bus routes going out everyday.

"Any other time of year we will have about 20 dispatches," said Martin. "The number of bus routes triples this time of year."

He said one of their most common routes is Bozeman to Big Sky.

"We will have three routes up at Big Sky and we will have 7 round trips a day between Bozeman and Big Sky," said Martin.

On busy days the buses fill up fast, but Martin said they do their best to accommodate everyone.

"Sometimes we will get walk ups to the airport or we'll get different things that happen where we won't have the room, but for the most part we'll take care of people if they give us a call a couple days before," said Martin.

Transportation is not the only industry that is extremely busy this time of year. Craig Delger owns Prolite Gear, an outdoor retailer in Bozeman whose sales increase dramatically throughout the winter months.

"We are seeing a 300% increase in revenue both on online and retail this time of year," said Delger.

He said sometimes his company has to plan out their inventory 12 months in advance.

"We do have to look at seasonal demand changes and make sure we've got enough inventory in store," said Delger. "We don't want to sell out, but we also don't want to get stuck with too much at the end of year either."

This weekend the park will be open to skiers, snowmobilers, snow shoers and more.

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