OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club are offering a free snowmobile safety class to young snowmobilers in December.

The “Safe Rider” class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club’s clubhouse, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Road, Leavenworth (Driving directions). Participants must register by Dec. 11.

The class is designed for youth, ages 12 to 16, but is open to new riders of all ages. Sponsors stress the importance of safety in snowmobiling for people of all ages. Lunch will be provided by the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club.

“Safe snowmobiling requires operator knowledge and awareness,” said Pamela McConkey, Winter Recreation Program manager. “Snowmobilers need to know their vehicles, the weather, trail and avalanche conditions. They must have concern for the safety of other winter sports enthusiasts and show respect for wildlife and the environment.”

During the class, students will learn:

-Basic snowmobile maintenance

-Survival skills and emergency preparedness, including avalanche awareness

-Proper clothing and winter equipment for snowmobiling

-Hand signals for riders

-There will also be a riding skills test.

A parent or guardian must sign a consent form for each minor registered and sign the child out at the end of the class. Chelan County law enforcement officers will instruct the course, which is limited to 20 students.

For more information or to register, contact Rich Magnussen, (509) 667-6508 or rich.magnussen@co.chelan.wa.us. or visit https://parks.state.wa.us/FormCenter/Winter-Recreation-9/Snowmobile-Safe-Rider-Registration-70 to register online.