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 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
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 44 years old.
The average snowmobiler rides their snowmobile 1620 miles (2607 km) per year in North America.
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 raise over $3 million for charity annually.
There are over 225,000 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails in North America that have been developed by volunteer clubs working with local government and private land owners.
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 U.S., Canada and Scandinavia.
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 U.S. 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, decals and hundreds of thousands of posters and safety videos have been distributed free of charge to safety trainers, enforcement officers, Travel Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, Convention and Visitor Bureaus, and snowmobile enthusiasts throughout the world.
State/Provincial snowmobile registrations for 2013-2014 season were as follows: