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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The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association Partners With OPEI and NMMA on the "Look Before You Pump" Ethanol Education Campaign
The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) has partnered with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the "Look Before You Pump" campaign, an ethanol education and consumer protection program.
Yellowstone Announces Lottery for New Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program
Applications will be accepted starting September 3, 2014, for those interested in obtaining a permit to take a non-commercially guided snowmobile trip into Yellowstone National Park this winter.
The Farmers' Almanac Predicts A Colder Winter
The Farmers' Almanac is predicting a colder winter for much of the nation this year. The publication has been predicting the weather since 1818 and touts an 80% success rate.
$10 Million National Recreational Trails Program Benefits Snowmobiling
2014 The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) is pleased that a portion of the $10 million trail funding investment in Canada to the National Trails Coalition from the Federal Government will be available for infrastructure improvements to our members' snowmobile trails.
Worldwide Snowmobile Sales Jump 9%
The snowmobile community is optimistic following the above-average snowfall throughout most of North America this past winter. The industry has experienced increases in sales, show attendance and miles ridden.
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.
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.
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