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Posted on: September 23, 2014

14-062 Free snowmobile safety course offered to youth age 12 to 16

Class coincides with WSSA Snowmobile Expo and Swap Meet, Oct. 18

OLYMPIA – September 23, 2014 – The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA), is offering a free Snowmobile Safety Certification Class to youngsters in October.

The free class is designed for youth ages 12 to 16. The class is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18, at the 23rd Annual WSSA Snowmobile Expo and Swap Meet at the Puyallup Fairgrounds’ Blue Gate, 9th Ave. S.W., Puyallup. A second class will be offered Nov. 8, at the Spokane Winter Knights Snow Show at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.

The key to safe snowmobiling lies in the operator’s knowledge, capabilities, limitations and understanding of the machine. It is recommended that snowmobilers be aware of weather and trail conditions and the safety of other winter sports enthusiast, while respecting wildlife and environment. The snowmobile safety course training includes:

  • Basic snowmobile maintenance.
  • Survival skills and dealing with emergencies, including an avalanche awareness presentation by representatives of the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC).
  • The proper clothing and protection from winter weather.
  • Hand signals while riding and other basic riding skills.
  • Properly preparing for a ride.

Registration deadline is Oct. 10. To register online, visit www.parks.wa.gov/130/Winter-Recreation. A parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form for each child registered and sign them out at the conclusion of the class. Participants must bring their own snacks, lunch and beverage.

For more information about the course, contact the Winter Recreation Program at winter@parks.wa.gov or (360) 902-8664.

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.

About the Winter Recreation Program
Washington State Parks administers the Winter Recreation Program in seven national forests and blocks of state and private forest land. The program manages Sno-Parks near groomed and backcountry trails for snowmobile and non-motorized recreational uses. For more information about the program, visit www.parks.wa.gov/130/Winter-Recreation. Stay current with trail grooming information, access to winter recreation opportunities and issues related to winter recreation on Twitter: @WaStatePks_WNTR.

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 www.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.

Media contacts:
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Elexis Hisel, (360) 902-8664
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service:(800) 833-6388

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