Winter recreation season is finally in full swing. The mountains are covered in snow and Eastern Washington’s trails are groomed and ready for snowmobiling, skiing, and snowshoeing.
Planning a trip to see the snow? We at DNR want you to have the opportunity to enjoy some winter outdoor adventures, but we want you to be safe.
Safety first for winter recreation
Whether you snowshoe, cross country ski, hike, or snowmobile, you should be prepared.
Here are some tips to follow for a safe and enjoyable trip:
- Dress warm and in layers.
- Know the signs of hypothermia.
- Never travel alone (but if you do, tell someone where you are going and what time you will arrive back).
- Carry the 13 essential survival items.
- Check your equipment before you go
- Check avalanche conditions in the area you plan to travel.
- See what’s open and view recreation alerts before your trip.
Snowmobilers should follow all of the aforementioned as well as know their ability to ride on or off groomed trails.
Wear protective equipment with Washington Department of Transportation approved helmets. Never carry a passenger unless the snowmobile is designed for it. Always avoid alcohol while operating a snowmobile and ride responsibly.
Sno-Park Permit, Discover Pass, or both?
Don’t forget to grab your Sno-Park Permit or Discover Pass before you head out.
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