OLYMPIA – Oct. 30, 2018 – The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program reminds winter recreation enthusiasts that Sno-Park permits will be available for purchase online and through various vendors statewide beginning at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Sno-Park permits allow visitors to park in specially cleared, designated parking lots with access to areas around the state for cross-country skiing, skijoring, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing, tubing and other winter sports and snow play.
Sno-Park permits are sold in person and online Nov. 1 through April 30 and must be displayed on the permit holder’s windshield during that time frame. 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 will help permit buyers understand what type of permit will best serve them:
To purchase a Sno-Park permit online, visit: parks.state.wa.us/winter. 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 Daily 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. These Sno-Parks include Crystal Springs, Easton Reload, Fields Spring, Hyak, Lake Easton, Lake Wenatchee, Pearrygin Lake and Mount Spokane. A Discover Pass is not required for those who purchase a seasonal Sno-Park permit. More information about the Discover Pass can be found at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
Online purchasers need the following information at the time of purchase:
The Winter Recreation Program manages more than 3,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, 811 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/winter.
Media contacts:Jason Goldstein, Winter Recreation Program, (360) 902-8662Toni Droscher, Communications Office, (360) 902-8604
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.
News release number: 18-067