[11/2/16] Sno-Park Permits Officially On Sale Now

Posted in Local Government & Meetings, Recreation


Sno-Park permits will be available for purchase online beginning midnight Tuesday, Nov. 1, at www.parks.state.wa.us/winter

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

Permit vendors are not always located near Sno-Parks; the State Parks Winter Recreation Program recommends purchasing them in advance.


In addition to a one-day permit, an annual seasonal Sno-Park permit is available.

A special groomed trail permit must be purchased, along with a seasonal Sno-Park permit, for the following sno-parks: Hyak, Crystal Springs, Cabin Creek, Lake Easton, Lake Wenatchee (including Nason Ridge), Chiwawa Loop and Mount Spokane. All Sno-Parks honor the one-day permit, and individuals who purchase a one-day permit are not required to purchase a special groomed trail permit.


Online purchase of the Sno-Park permit is available 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, sanitation, education and enforcement. 



If you purchase a one-day Sno-Park permit you will also need a daily or annual Discover Pass to visit Sno-Parks on lands managed by State Parks or Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Those who purchase an annual Sno-Park permit do not need a Discover Pass.

More information about purchasing a Discover Pass is here: www.discoverpass.wa.gov.


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 lands in Washington. The Winter Recreation Program is supported entirely by user fees, snowmobile registrations and a percentage of the state fuel tax.