The winter recreation parking location program, or the "Sno-Park" program, was created in 1977 to provide snow removal in designated winter parking areas. Oregon Department of Transportation with advice from the Winter Recreation Advisory Committee designates winter parking areas and sets the parking permit fee and priorities for snow removal.
The Winter Recreation Advisory Committee is a seven member committee consisting of ski area operators, the general public and representatives from the Oregon Nordic Club, Oregon State Snowmobile Association and Pacific NW Ski Association. Committee members are appointed to serve 4-year terms. The current committee members are:
Mark Schumacher, Chair
Chris Kastner, Vice-Chair
The Sno-Park program is funded entirely by the sale of Sno-Park parking permits. There are three types of permits available:
A seasonal permit for $25
A three-day permit for $9 (good for 3 consecutive days)
A one-day permit for $4
Driver and Motor Vehicles coordinates the sale of Sno-Park permits
Sno-Park permits are available at all DMV offices and from those that act as DMV agents. Sales agents may charge a handling fee. To order a seasonal Sno-Park permit by mail, send a written request with your return address, phone number and a check or money order to:-Park permits are available at all DMV offices and with those that act as DMV agents, who may charge a handling fee. To order a seasonal Sno-Park permit by mail, send a written request with your return address, phone number and a check or money order to:
DMV, Vehicle Mail No. 1
1905 Lana Avenue
Salem OR, 97314Salem OR, 97314
For Information on selling Sno-Park Permits contact
DMV, Vehicle Mail
Oregon accepts winter parking permits from California and Idaho for vehicles registered in those states, and those states accept Oregon Sno-Park permits as well.
For information on California and Idaho Sno-Park sites:
If you park in an Oregon Sno-Park between November 1st and April 30th, a valid permit needs to be displayed in the lower left corner of your windshield. Failure to do so may result in a $30 fine. Enforcement of the permit requirement may be provided by federal, state or local law enforcement agencies. If you receive a citation and have questions, contact the agency that issued the citation or the County court where the Sno-Park is located.
There are about 100 Sno-Parks throughout Oregon’s mountain passes and in most ski, snowmobile, and snow play areas. For a list of parking areas designated as a Sno-Park visit TripCheck.com
For questions on activities available or for trail maps contact the land manager listed for the Sno-Park. Adding a Sno-Park
Requests for a winter parking area to be in the Sno-Park program are reviewed by the Winter Recreation Advisory Committee before consideration by ODOT. This includes requests for a new parking area or the relocation or expansion of an existing Sno-Park.
Requests must be submitted by the land manager responsible for the parking area using the Sno-Park Application Form
. The information given in the application must meet the Guidelines and Criteria for Sno-Parks
. A site drawing showing the general layout of the parking area and vicinity map will assist in the review of the request and should be included with the application.
When a winter parking area is designated a Sno-Park, the Sno-Park program provides funding for snow removal. All other maintenance and development costs are generally the responsibility of the land manager. Occasionally funding for maintenance or development costs of Sno-Parks may become available, at which case land managers will be notified.