Snowmobiling Fact book: Snow Facts
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There are four major manufacturers that build snowmobiles. They are: Arctic CatHeadquartered in Plymouth, MN; BRPHeadquartered in Valcourt, Quebec; Polaris IndustriesHeadquartered in Medina, MN; and Yamaha Motor CorporationHeadquartered in Cypress, CA.
In 2014 there were 157,106 snowmobiles sold worldwide; 54,028 were sold in the U.S. and 48,758 were sold in Canada.
There are approximately 1.4 million registered snowmobiles in the US and 594,276 registered snowmobiles in Canada.
The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling:
United States: $26 Billion annually
Canada: $ 8 Billion annually
Europe & Russia: $ 5 Billion annually
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 www.snowmobile.org and www.GoSnowmobiling.org for more information.
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