5 key safety guidelines when riding in avalanche country:
GET THE GEAR: Ensure everyone has an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe on their person and knows how to use them
GET THE FORECAST: Make a riding plan based on the current avalanche and weather forecast.
GET OUT OF HARM'S WAY: One at a time on all avalanche slopes. Don't go to help your stuck friend. Don’t group up in runout zones.
GET THE TRAINING: Take an avalanche course.
GET THE PICTURE: If you see recent avalanche activity unstable snow exists. Riding on or underneath slopes is dangerous.
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Sno-Parks 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.
Pass & permit information Sno-Park permits are available online from Nov. 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 Dec. 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.
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.