News Flash

News Releases

Posted on: September 29, 2015

15-070 State Parks, Chelan County Sheriff's Office offer free snowmobile safety classes for youth

Classes in Puyallup and Spokane this Fall

OLYMPIA – Sept. 29, 2015 –The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and co-sponsors invite youth age 12 to 16 to participate in one of two free snowmobile safety classes this fall in Puyallup and Spokane.

The first class is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave S.W., Puyallup. Entrance is at the Blue Gate, and participants should arrive at 8:30 a.m. (Directions: This snowmobile safety class takes place during the 24th Annual Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA) Snowmobile Expo and Swap Meet.

The second class is from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 North Havana St, #1, Spokane. (Directions: Entrance is through the main gate. This snowmobile class takes place during the 35th Annual Snow & ATV Swap Meet sponsored by the Spokane Winter Knights Snowmobile Club.

“The key to safe snowmobiling lies in the operator’s knowledge of the vehicle and awareness of its capabilities and limitations,” said Pamela McConkey, manager of the Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program. “It also requires that snowmobilers know about weather and trail conditions, show concern for the safety of other winter sports enthusiasts, and have respect for wildlife and the environment. These classes give young people the skills and knowledge to be safe—while having fun—this winter.” 

A parent or guardian must sign a consent form for each child registered. Lunch is not provided, so participants should bring something to drink and a lunch. A parent or guardian must sign the child out at the conclusion of the class. 

Both classes are sponsored by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department in cooperation with the State Parks Winter Recreation Program. WSSA is also a co-sponsor of the Puyallup class, and the Spokane Winter Knights Snowmobile Club is a co-sponsor of the Spokane class.

Washington State Parks is responsible for Washington’s snowmobile safety and education programs, which are funded by snowmobile registration fees. State Parks and WSSA place special emphasis on providing snowmobile safety courses for young people and adults. 

Register for a class or get more information about snowmobiling and the State Parks Winter Recreation Program:


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

Follow Washington State Parks:

Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit

Media contacts:
Pamela McConkey, (360) 902-8595
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service:  (800) 833-6388



Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News Releases

Sept. 28 is next State Parks free day

Posted on: September 9, 2019

Riverside State Park adds cabins

Posted on: August 20, 2019

State Parks announces free day March 19

Posted on: February 25, 2019

Check Out Washington to start March 1

Posted on: February 7, 2019

Help improve safety on Willapa Hills Trail

Posted on: November 21, 2018

2019 State Parks Calendar on sale now

Posted on: November 15, 2018

Sno-Park permits go on sale Nov. 1

Posted on: October 30, 2018

State Parks announces 2019 free days

Posted on: October 17, 2018

State Parks announces winter schedule

Posted on: October 8, 2018

History comes alive at Sacajawea State Park

Posted on: September 12, 2018

Celebrate autumn at Lake Sylvia State Park

Posted on: September 4, 2018