Information you’ll need for winter sport safety
There are two areas in the Tahoe National Forest set aside for snowmobiling.
Yuba Pass: south side of Highway 49 at Yuba Pass. Sno-Park permits are available at Bassett’s Station (530) 862-1297. Capacity 30 cars; first-come first-serve basis.
Donner Summit: Highway I-80, Castle Peak exit. Sno-Park permits are available at Boreal Inn, cash only. (530)426-1012. Capacity 100 cars.
For more listings of Sno-Park permit sales locations check the Internet at: http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Sno-Park season officially lasts from Nov. 1 to May 30.
The state of California requires all snowmobiles to be registered.
Snowmobile rentals are available at Auburn Power Sports 823-5768.
Practice safe and responsible snowmobiling:
• Keep to the right at all times, especially in turns.
• Operate at safe and reasonable speeds.
• Use lights at all times to improve visibility.
• Stay on trails where snowmobiling permitted.
• Avoid travel on unfamiliar frozen bodies of water.
• Always wear a helmet and adequate clothing.
• Become familiar with terrain you will travel on.
• Check weather forecast before leaving.
• Never ride alone, and let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
• Carry emergency supplies and learn survival skills.
For more information, pick up a free Winter Recreation Guide from Nevada City Ranger District, 631 Coyote St. 265-4531.
The resource includes maps of Cross Country Ski and Snowmobile trails within Tahoe National Forest.
– By Laura Brown
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