We happen to think the Northwest offers some of the best winter outdoor activities of anywhere in the country. From snowshoeing, to skiing, to snowmobiles, there’s a bit of everything for enjoying some powder. If you have a youth who is interested in snowmobiling (and who wouldn’t be?), you will want to encourage safety from the start. A great place to begin is the State Parks Youth Snowmobile Safety Class.
Free Snowmobile Class
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 this 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.
Looking for adventure this winter? Here are some safety guidelines, pass information, and tips for winter recreation in Washington State Parks.
Sno-Parks The Winter Recreation Program manages Sno-Parks (cleared parking areas) in close proximity to groomed and backcountry trails. Snowmobile Sno-Parks are open to both motorized and non-motorized winter recreation. Non-motorized Sno-Parks are only open to winter recreation sports such as cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and snow play.
Pass & permit information Sno-Park permits are available online from Nov. 1 through April 30.
Visitors to Washington state parks and state recreation lands managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are required to display the Discover Pass on their vehicles.
5 key safety guidelines when riding in avalanche country: