Melting snow puts freeze on snowmobile season

After starting strong with snow blanketing much of the northern United States and southern Canada in early December, warmer-than-average temperatures have degraded snowmobile conditions in many key riding areas in North America.

Oregon, California, South Dakota’s Black Hills, central Minnesota, eastern Wisconsin, portions of Michigan, New York and any New England states have seen snowmobile trails closing as the local powersports and tourism industries await snowfall that could quickly reignite the snowmobile season in their areas.

The lack of snowfall may be most pronounced in New York, which recently launched a winter tourism campaign to promote snowmobile opportunities throughout the Empire State. Read that story here.

Although a significant blizzard struck much of the Northeast in early December, warming temperatures and a lack of secondary snowfall has put the brakes on riding in many rural areas.

In Wisconsin, the Kewaunee County Promotions & Recreation Department recently closed all snowmobile trails in Kewaunee County, which is part of the Door Peninsula northeast of Green Bay. The same goes for much of the trails in the southern half of the Badger State.

Across the border in Canada, parts of eastern Ontario as well as southern Saskatchewan and Alberta, have also reported difficulties due to a lack of snowfall in the beginning of 2014.

How’s the snowmobile trail situation in your dealership’s area? Let us know in the comments below.

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