Winter recreation

To purchase a sno-park permit click HERE.

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

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

GET THE PICTURE: If you see recent
avalanche activity unstable snow exists. Riding
on or underneath slopes is dangerous.

​*Credit to the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association:  


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.

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.