Snowmobiling Fact book: Snow Facts

There are four major manufacturers that build snowmobiles. They are: Arctic Cat Headquartered in Plymouth, MN; BRP Headquartered in Valcourt, Quebec; Polaris Industries Headquartered in Medina, MN; and Yamaha Motor Corporation Headquartered in Cypress, CA.

In 2013 there were 144,601 snowmobiles sold worldwide; 48,536 were sold in the U.S. and 44,022 were sold in Canada.

There are approximately 1.4 million registered snowmobiles in the US and 590,677 registered snowmobiles in Canada.

# registeredState
# registered
AK 52,400SD 14,845
CA 20,184UT 23,184
CO 28,481VT 25,238
ID 38,324WA 28,000
IL 33,750WI 224,716
IN 9,021WY 30,728
IA 25,917AB 35,000
ME 80,000BC 40,200
MA 12,845MB 35,000
MI 205,808NB 15,750
MN 251,986NF 101,360
MT 46,606NS 6,661
NE 836NT 5,000
NH 42,000NU 286
NY 115,017ON 149,000
ND 14,528PE 1,650
OH 14,000QC 176,564
OR 15,129SA 23,307
PA 38,500YT 899

The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling:
  • United States: $26 billion annually
  • Canada: $8 billion annually
  • Europe & Russia: $5 billion annually
Over 100,000 full time jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America. Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships and tourism related businesses.

The average age of a snowmobiler is 43 years old.

The average household income for snowmobilers is $68,000 annually.

The average snowmobiler rides their snowmobile 1206 miles / 2241 km per year in North America.

The average snowmobiler spends $4,000 each year on snowmobile-related recreation.

53% of the snowmobilers usually trailer their snowmobiles to go riding. 47% either snowmobile from their primary residence or have a vacation home where they keep and use their snowmobiles.

Snowmobilers are caring neighbors, they raised over $3 million for charity during the 2012-2013 season.

There are over 3000 snowmobile clubs worldwide, involved in trail grooming and charity fund raising and family activities.

There are over 42 registered non-profit associations representing snowmobilers in the US, Canada, Europe and Russia.

Snowmobiling is great exercise that brings people outdoors to interact with nature and each other. It is an invigorating sport that is great for stress release and good mental health.

Snowmobiling is a great family lifestyle. It is an activity that keeps parents and kids together. Historically individuals who snowmobile at a young age continue to snowmobile with their parents throughout their lives, sharing great experiences as a family. In many winter regions, snowmobiling is simply the main form of winter outdoor recreation and in some cases the main method of transportation available. The use of snowmobiles in National Parks is regulated by federal Law Enforcement. The snowmobiling occurs on roads groomed and marked for snowmobiling, the same roadways used by recreational vehicles, cars, trucks and busses. Snowmobiles are NOT used as off road vehicles in National Parks such as Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain and Grand Teton.

On US National Forest Land, most of the trails used by snowmobiles are on groomed roads used by summer recreationists. There are also secondary and seasonal roads within the forests used by snowmobilers. These roads are groomed and marked by volunteers who work closely with the local U.S. Forest Service staff in maintaining and managing those areas.

The manufacturers have always been actively involved in promoting safe riding behavior while snowmobiling. Over one million safety related brochures and decals, and hundreds of thousands of posters and safety DVDs have been distributed free of charge to snowmobile enthusiasts throughout the world. Safety trainers, enforcement officers, Chambers of Commerce, etc. use safety materials provided by the manufacturers through the Safe Riders! You make snowmobiling safe™ safety campaign.

Visit the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association web sites at and for more information.

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SAE Snowmobile Challenge 2014 Winner Announced
The 15th Annual SAE Snowmobile Challenge was held at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI on March 4-8, 2014. This year 17 Universities registered for the event. The members of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association—Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris and Yamaha—are proud gold-level sponsors of the event. Representatives from all of the manufacturers were involved in the event and supported the skilled students from the participating universities and colleges.
Take a Friend Snowmobiling Campaign—Off to a GREAT Start!
Mother Nature is supporting the Take a Friend Snowmobiling Campaign with record snowfalls and cold weather throughout most of North America. The campaign, which began 5 years ago is gaining momentum and many snowmobile associations and their clubs are planning special events to introduce non-snowmobilers to our winter activity of choice.
Consumer Insight Study Shows Snowmobile Enthusiasts Consider Snowmobiling a Family Activity
Thanks to snowmobiling, winter has become a season to enjoy. Ask any of the three million people who take pleasure every year in the beauty of winter on the over 200,000 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails throughout North America.
Snowmobile Community looking forward to a Great Season
Yes, the snowmobile season has already begun in many parts of the world. Snowfall has occurred in much of the Western United States and Canada and Mother Nature is covering mountain ranges around the world with 'white gold.'
Colorado Snowmobile Association Wins Take a Friend Snowmobiling Contest
The Colorado Snowmobile Association won the 2013 Take A Friend Snowmobiling Contest sponsored by the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association whose members are Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris, and Yamaha. The members of the CSA and their clubs took 486 individuals snowmobiling in Colorado this past winter of 2012-2013.
Paper Cut-out Snowmobile Ready for Use
The Take a Friend/Go Snowmobiling campaign is pleased to present a new addition to its list of ready to use snowmobiling campaign material.
Positive Economic Impact of Snowmobiling Outperforms Economy
Recreational spending and outdoor activities are much bigger economic drivers than most people realize. A recent study found that consumer spending on outdoor recreational activities generated $646 Billion dollars in national sales and services last year in the US alone.
Snowmobiling Websites and Facebook Expand
As we look at the last 20 years of communication transformation, most are amazed. Communication amongst snowmobilers has changed forever and it appears the evolution will continue.
Snowmobiling Economic Benefits Realized Worldwide
The snowmobile community generates over 28 billion dollars in economic activity in North America. Snowmobiling supports over 90,000 full time jobs and generates millions of tax dollars.
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