Winter Sports

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Between snomobiling, skiing, sledding, skijoring, and snowshoeing, winter is a great time to get out on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. 

There are several Sno-Parks across the forest where you can start your winter adventure.  For information about individual Sno-Parks, visit:

Parking at Sno-Parks on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest require an annual WA State Sno-Park Pass between December and March.  The money from Sno-Park passes pays for plowing access roads and grooming trails.  Find out where you can purchase a Sno-Park pass.

Many roads close for the winter with the first significant snowfall, or December 1- whichever comes first.  Get a free Motor Vehicle Use Map, listing all the seasonal road closures.  Also, know the limitations of your vehicle, let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back, and read up on winter driving and winter safety

There are several snow depth gages, SNOTEL sites, on the forest.  Explore the interactive SNOTEL map to view daily and seasonal snow data.

Areas & Activities