Snowmobile rules

Code of ethics

Maximize your winter enjoyment by following this Winter Recreation Code of Ethics:

  • I will respect all public and private property and the rights of all winter recreationists to enjoy the beauty.
  • I will park considerately without blocking other vehicles or impeding access to trails.
  • I will keep to the right when meeting other winter recreationists and yield the right of way to downhill traffic.
  • I will slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking another.
  • I will respect designated areas, trail use signs, and established ski tracks.
  • When stopping, I will not block the trail.
  • I will not disturb wildlife and will avoid areas posted for its protection or feeding.
  • I will not litter, and I will pack out everything I packed in.
  • I realize that my destination and travel speed are determined by my equipment, ability, terrain, weather, and traffic on the trail. In case of an emergency, I will volunteer assistance.
  • I will not interfere with or harass others, recognizing that people judge all skiers or snowmobile riders by my actions.

Age restrictions & safety certification course

Children under age 12 may not operate a snowmobile on or across a public roadway or highway. Children ages 12 to 16 must pass the snowmobile safety education course and carry the certificate of successful completion with them when operating a snowmobile. Youth who operate a snowmobile under the direct and present supervision of a qualified adult need not show the certificate.

Persons 12 years of age and older who successfully complete the snowmobile exam will receive a snowmobile safety patch and a snowmobile safety certificate permitting operation. For information on where to take the course, call the Winter Recreation Program at (360) 902-8684.

Complete rules

View the complete snowmobiling rules in the Revised Code of Washington.