Snowmobiling Facts

The Truth About Snowmobiling In Minnesota & North America

Economic Impact:

  • Minnesota the economic revenue impact is estimated to be OVER $1,000,000,000 (BILLION) each year!
  • Minnesota snowmobiling budget is ONLY $8.4 MILLION.
  • Snowmobiling is responsible for BILLIONS of dollars a year in our global economy annually.
United States - $ 22 billion annually
Canada - $ 6 billion annually
Europe & Russia - $2.2 billion annually

  • OVER 90,000 FULL TIME jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America.
Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships and tourism related businesses.

  • Snowmobilers raised OVER $3,000,000 for charity during the 2010-2011 season.
  • In 2011 there were 123,063 snowmobiles sold worldwide.
51,796 were sold in the U.S.
40,878 were sold in Canada.
51,796 (sleds sold in USA) X $8,450.00 (avg. price 2010-2011) = $437,676,200 avg.

  • Minnesota, approximately 8,000 jobs in tourism, manufacturing, and retail in Minnesota.
  • Snowmobiling provides for $245,000,000 in wages and salaries in Minnesota.
  • Generates annual state and local revenue of $56,000,000 annually in Minnesota.
  • Contributes $529,000,000 (MILLLION) to the Gross State Product in Minnesota.
  • Conservatively, $200,000,000 is generated in tourism dollars in Minnesota.
  • Average snowmobiler spends $4000 each year on snowmobile related recreation in the U.S.

Manufacturers:

  • Two of the Four major manufacturers that build snowmobiles are located in Minnesota.
  • Arctic Cat - headquartered in Plymouth, MN.
    BRP - headquartered in Valcourt, Quebec.
    Polaris Industries - headquartered in Medina, MN.
    Yamaha Motor Corporation - headquartered in Cypress, CA.

  • Average suggested retail price of a new snowmobile sold in 2011 was $8,450 (US Funds).

State/Provincial snowmobile registrations
for 2010-2011 season were as follows:

State/Province, # registered, State/Province, & # registered listed below.

AK 54,750 SD 15,437
CA 23,400 UT 26,200
CO 30,608 VT 37,520
ID 48,400 WA 32,200
IL 39,485 WI 236,566
IN 10,120 WY 39,410
IA 27,986 AB 56,200
ME 89,500 BC 38,400
MA 17,000 MB 35,129
MI 242,546 NB 14,961
MN 254,492 NF 100,209
MT 42,000 NS 6,400
NE 2,210 NT 5,200
NH 56,000 NU 286
NY 134,577 ON 146,000
ND 17,664 PE 1,472
OH 15,000 QC 175,074
OR 16,087 SA 20,381
PA 41,000 YT 3,190

Demographic:

  • Average age of a snowmobiler is 43 years old.
  • Approximately 75% of all active snowmobilers are male; 25% female.
  • Average household income for snowmobilers is $65,000 annually.

Statistics:

  • Approximately 22,000 miles of Minnesota trails.
  • DNR constructs, grooms, and maintains approximately 740 miles of the 22,000 miles of trail in Minnesota, Volunteer Clubs do the rest.
  • Over 250,000 snowmobiles registered in Minnesota alone!
  • 1.55 million registered snowmobiles in the U.S. as of 2010 - 2011.
  • Over 602,902 registered snowmobiles in Canada.
  • 53% 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.
  • Approximately 80% of snowmobilers use their snowmobile for trail riding and touring on marked and groomed trails.
  • Approximately 20% of snowmobilers use their snowmobile for work, ice fishing and transportation.
  • Average snowmobiler rides 1414 miles (1836 km) per year in North America.

Clubs & Trails

  • Over 225,000 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails in North America.
  • Volunteer clubs working with local government and private land owners developed these trails.
  • Over 3000 snowmobile clubs worldwide, involved in trail grooming and charity fund raising and family activities.
  • Over 40 registered non-profit associations representing snowmobilers in the U.S., Canada and Scandinavia.

Family & Health:

  • 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.

Information Sources:

MnUSA (Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association)
INSA (International Snowmobile Association)