Snowmobiling statistics and facts

Our yearly snowmobiling fact book provides detailed information on the following:

  • U.S. snowmobile registrations
  • U.S. snowmobile sales
  • Canadian snowmobile registrations
  • Canadian snowmobile sales
  • Snowmobile history
  • Snowmobile lifestyle
  • Economic impact
  • Snowmobiling in Europe
  • Snowmobile community
  • Snowmobile charities
  • Trails
  • Snowmobile impact on widlife
  • —and much more

Snowmobiling quick 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 2015 there were 150,713 snowmobiles sold worldwide; 58,299 were sold in the U.S. and 50,752 were sold in Canada.

There are 1.3 million registered snowmobiles in the US and over 600,000 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.

Snowmobiler profile

  • The average age of a snowmobiler is 44 years old.
  • The average snowmobiler rides their snowmobile 1520 miles (2900 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.

Snowmobile use

  • 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.

Contact us

International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
1640 Haslett Road, Suite 170
Haslett, Michigan USA 48840
Phone: 517.339.7788
Fax: 517.339.7798
ismasue@aol.com

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