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Posted on: October 18, 2017

17-070 It’s snow time: Sno-Park permits go on sale Nov. 1

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Contacts:
Pamela McConkey, (360) 902-8595
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604


OLYMPIA – Oct. 18, 2017 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced today that Sno-Park permits will be available for purchase online and through various vendors statewide beginning midnight Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Sno-Park permits allow visitors to park in specially cleared, designated parking lots with access to areas for cross-country skiing, skijoring, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing, tubing and more throughout the state.

Online and in-person purchase of the Sno-Park permit is available Nov. 1 through April 30. Revenue from Sno-Park permit sales is entirely dedicated to the Winter Recreation Program and helps pay for trail grooming, snow removal from parking lots and roads, on-site sanitation, education and enforcement.

What type of permit is needed?
Different permits are required for different circumstances. The following list spells out what is needed:

  • Daily Sno-Park Permit
    This permit is valid at any Sno-Park for one, two or three consecutive days as indicated on the permit. Cost: $20 per day. (Note: All Sno-Parks honor the one-day permit, and individuals who purchase a one-day permit are not required to purchase a Special Groomed Sticker.)
  • Seasonal Non-motorized Sno-Park Permit
    Permit is valid for the entire winter season at non-motorized Sno-Parks that are used for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, etc. Some Sno-Parks require a Special Groomed Sticker to be paired with a seasonal non-motorized permit. Cost: $40.
  • Special Groomed Sticker
    This sticker affixes to a seasonal Sno-Park permit and is required for use at these non-motorized Sno-Parks: Cabin Creek, Chiwawa Loop, Crystal Springs, Hyak, Lake Easton, Lake Wenatchee (including Nason Ridge) and Mount Spokane. Cost: $40. These Sno-Parks are high use,  and funds from the sticker cover the costs to provide more frequent grooming.
  • Seasonal Snowmobile Sno-Park Permit
    All snowmobiles in Washington state are required to be registered annually through the Washington State Department of Licensing or a licensing agent. The $50 registration fee includes one Sno-Park permit, which must be affixed to the towing vehicle. Out-of-state visitors with snowmobiles need to purchase a motorized Sno-Park permit. Cost: $40.

To purchase a Sno-Park permit online, visit: parks.state.wa.us/130/Winter-Recreation. For a list of vendors and their locations, visit: parks.state.wa.us/147/Sno-Park-Permit-vendors.

Discover Pass requirement

Those who purchase a one-day Sno-Park permit will also need a daily or annual Discover Pass for access to Sno-Parks on lands managed by State Parks or Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Examples of these Sno-Parks include 92 Road, 1 Road, Crystal Springs, Easton Reload, Fields Spring, Hyak, Lake Easton, Lake Wenatchee and Mount Spokane. A Discover Pass is not required for those who purchase an annual Sno-Park permit. More information about the Discover Pass is here: www.discoverpass.wa.gov. 

Online purchasers will need the following information at the time of purchase:

  • Credit card
  • Date of use for one-day permits
  • Vehicle license plate number
  • Printer (to instantly print a one-day or  temporary seasonal permits)

About the State Parks Winter Recreation Program

The Winter Recreation Program manages more than 3,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, 300 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails and more than 120 Sno-Parks (plowed parking areas near snowmobile and cross-country ski trails) on public and private lands in Washington. The Winter Recreation Program is supported entirely by user fees, snowmobile registrations and a percentage of the state fuel tax. Follow the Winter Recreation Program on Twitter at @WaStatePks_WNTR and at parks.state.wa.us/130/Winter-Recreation.

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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 http://adventureawaits.com/

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 www.discoverpass.wa.gov.


Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

1111 Israel Road S.W.
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650

Washington Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6384

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