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Posted on: November 19, 2019

State Parks, partners offer youth snowmobile safety class

Chelan County law enforcement will teach free course at Lake Wenatchee

OLYMPIA – Nov. 19, 2019 – The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club are offering a free snowmobile safety class to young snowmobilers next month.

The “Safe Rider” class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club’s clubhouse, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Road, Leavenworth (Driving directions). Participants must register by Friday, Dec. 11.

The class is designed for youth, ages 12 to 16, but is open to new riders of all ages. Lunch will be provided by the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club.

Sponsors stress the importance of safety in snowmobiling for people of all ages.

“Safe snowmobiling requires operator knowledge and awareness,” said Pamela McConkey, Winter Recreation Program manager. “Snowmobilers need to know their vehicles, the weather, trail and avalanche conditions. They must have concern for the safety of other winter sports enthusiasts and show respect for wildlife and the environment.”

During the class, students will learn:

  • Basic snowmobile maintenance
  • Survival skills and emergency preparedness, including avalanche awareness
  • Proper clothing and winter equipment for snowmobiling
  • Hand signals for riders

There will also be a riding skills test.

A parent or guardian must sign a consent form for each minor registered and sign the child out at the end of the class.

Chelan County law enforcement officers will instruct the course, which is limited to 20 students.

For more information or to register, contact Rich Magnussen, (509) 667-6508 or

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

To learn more about snowmobiling in Washington, visit, or contact the Winter Recreation Program at or (360) 980-8664.

Media contacts:
Pamela McConkey, Winter Recreation Program Manager, (360) 902-8595
Meryl Lassen, Communications Specialist, (360)-902-8557


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.

News release number: 19-088


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