The United States saw an increase of 1 percent in registered snowmobiles in the 2008-’09 season compared to the previous year. Canada saw an even greater increase, 8 percent, a trend that has been continuing since 2003, according to the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA).
The number of miles snowmobilers rode also increased. Last year, snowmobilers averaged more than 1,300 miles of riding, which was a 20 percent increase from the previous year.
The increase in riding, along with the increase in snowmobile registrations resulted in a strong tourism impact report for snowmobiling. More than $28 billion in economic activity occurred in North America related to snowmobiling in the 2008-‘09 season, the ISMA reported.
For more information on the 2008-’09 riding season, see Powersports Business’ Sept. 7 issue.