Know Before You Go in Winter

Be sure to plan ahead and prepare for your trip to ensure the best possible time for you and others who will be sharing the snow with you.

Winter Travel Information

For winter travel and road conditions, check the Oregon Department of Transportation TripCheck.com

Snow Levels

Find snow levels for sites across Oregon from the Natural Resources Conservation Services Snotel website at http://www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/maps/oregon_sitemap.html

Sno-Park Permits

All sno-parks require a sno-park permit. Permits are sold at all Oregon DMV offices and by permit agents in resorts, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. Funds from the permits go to the State of Oregon to pay for plowing the parking areas. For information about permits as well as locations and winter travel, visit the Oregon DMV Sno-Park Parking Permits page at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/vehicle/sno_park_permits.aspx.

Oregon Sno-Parks: Tripcheck.com has an interactive map with a regional list of Sno-Parks and the activities available at or near each Sno-Park.

 

Be prepared for Winter Recreation

Remember:

  • Conditions change quickly
  • Days are short; dark comes early
  • Forest Service does NOT plow roads or clear them for downed trees or boulders in winter
  • Use caution when driving unmaintained roads, as snow can limit ability to turn around
  • Check with Oregon Department of Transportation for travel conditions and other vehicle safety tips.

Safety & Etiquette for Winter Recreation

Maps & Brochures

For more information about winter recreation, please visit a Forest office. Available brochures and maps include:

Item Description Cost
Oregon Sno-Park Permits Brochure Listings and location maps of all Sno-Parks in Oregon Free for download
Willamette Pass Winter Recreation Map Detailed map of ski and snowmobile routes in the Willamette Pass area $10.00 print
Santiam Pass Winter Recreation Map Detailed map of ski and snowmobile routes in the Santiam Pass area $10.00 print or $9.99 on Avenza Maps