State parks begin online Sno-Park permit sales

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced that Sno-Park permits will be available for purchase online beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1.

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 purchasers will need the following information at the time of purchase:

Credit card

Date of use for one-day permits

Vehicle license plate number

Computer printer (to instantly print a temporary seasonal and one-day permits)

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.

Discover Pass and Sno-Park permits

Those who purchase a one-day Sno-Park permit will also need a daily or annual Discover Pass if they plan 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 an additional one-day or annual Discover Pass. Examples of these Sno-Parks include 92 Road, 1 Road, Crystal Springs, Easton Reload, Fields Spring, Hyak, Lake Easton, Lake Wenatchee and Mount Spokane.

– Wash. St. Parks and Recreation Commission