Frequently Asked Questions

Where do snowmobilers ride?

Approximately 80 percent of snowmobilers use their snowmobile for trail riding and touring in marked and groomed trails. The other 20 percent of snowmobilers use their snowmobile for work and ice fishing.

Who maintains snowmobile trails?

In the U.S. and Canada, snowmobile clubs construct, maintain and map trails, usually in cooperation with provincial, state and local governments.

Are snowmobiles used only for recreation?

No, they serve many other functions. In remote portions of Canada and the U.S., snowmobiles are some residents' primary mode of transportation. Snowmobiles are relied upon by law enforcement units throughout the snowbelt for search-and-rescue work and emergency missions. They are also used by surveyors, ranchers, public utility employees, environmental and wildlife scientists, and countless others. Snowmobiles are also widely used by cross country ski race officials, dog sled races and by ski patrols for rescue purposes.

I want information on a specific snowmobile. How can I get that information ?

Each manufacturer has specific information on each of their models. Please contact the manufacturers through their web sites, or contact your local snowmobile dealer listed in the yellowpages of your local phone book.

I am interested in snowmobile racing schedules and locations, how do I find out where snowmobile races are occurring?

For all snowmobile racing information, please call the International Snowmobile Racing Association (ISR) at (262) 335-2401. The ISR is located in Wisconsin.

I am interested in the market share of each of the manufacturers, can you help me?

Each of the manufacturers has a web site which contains information on their corporations. ISMA does not have market share information. Aggregate sales data is available under the statistics section of the web site.

I am interested in obtaining some Safe Riders! campaign materials, can you help me?

Yes, you may order Safe Riders! materials by contacting us through this website. A Safe Riders kit will be sent out if you provide us with your mailing address.

How do I find out what trail conditions are or what is going on in an individual province or state?

Information for individual provinces and states including any riding rules and regulations are available from the provincial/state associations directly. Each of the associations/organizations web sites are linked directly to this web site.

I am looking for repair parts and or information for my snowmobile, can you help me?

We recommend that you contact the dealer you bought your snowmobile from or from your local dealer. They should have the necessary parts and expertise to help you repair your snowmobile or they can put you in touch directly with the manufacturer or supplier of any repair parts.

I have an antique snowmobile and was wondering if you can help me find information on shows and or repair parts for my machine?

The Antique Snowmobile Club, located in Minnesota is eager to help you and has a great deal of information on antique snowmobile shows, parts, etc. They can be reached by calling (218) 543-4146 or at their website at

I would like to request information on the economic impact of snowmobiling in my state/province. How do I obtain that information?

For all provincial/state information, please contact the province or state association directly through this web site.

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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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