Winter Recreation


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Get Outside & Enjoy Winter Fun in Washington!

Winter sport enthusiasts and families can spice up the cold months with a variety of snow activities sponsored by Washington State Parks' Winter Recreation Program. The Evergreen State is "ever green" only in parts. The Olympic, Cascade, Blue, and Selkirk mountains provide great opportunities for all types of outdoor winter fun.

Cross-country and downhill skiing, skijoring, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and tubing are available at a variety of locations across the state. In concert with federal agencies, private landowners, and other state agencies, Washington State Parks administers this program in seven national forests and blocks of state and private forest land. Five major highway passes, kept open to normal traffic in winter, provide easy access to play sites and trailheads.

NOTE: Washington State Parks offers several “free days” when no Discover Pass is required. Free days DO NOT apply to Sno-Parks. You will still need a Sno-Park permit on these days.

NOTE: 2016-2017 Grooming Calendars may change depending on snow and conditions. 
The Winter Recreation Program manages Sno-Parks (cleared parking areas) in close proximity to groomed and backcountry trails.
  • Snowmobile Sno-Parks are open to both motorized and non-motorized winter recreation.
  • Non-motorized Sno-Parks are only open to winter recreation sports such as cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and snow play.

Have you visited a sno-park and would you like to share your thoughts? Sno-Park on-site evaluation forms  can now be done completely on-line please follow the link: On-Site Evaluation.

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Pass & Permit Information
Sno-Park permits are available online from November 1 through April 30.

Visitors to Washington state parks and state recreation lands managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are required to display the Discover Pass on their vehicles. Exemption: If you have a current seasonal Sno-Park permit, you will not need to purchase a Discover Pass to use a designated Sno-Park between November 1 and March 31 for winter recreation activities. However, your Sno-Park permit may not be used to access other state recreation lands.

Please note: If using a daily Sno-Park permit, you also will need a one-day or annual Discover Pass when visiting Crystal Springs, Easton Reload, and Hyak Sno-Parks; Fields Spring, Lake Easton, Lake Wenatchee, and Mount Spokane state parks; and the Department of Natural Resources' Mount Tahoma Trail System. For more information or to purchase an annual Discover Pass, please visit our Discover Pass page.

Alerts & Updates
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Contact Us
Winter recreation program specialists are available to assist with questions regarding the state's snowmobile and cross-country Sno-Park programs. Feel free to contact us at 360-902-8684 or via email.