Snowmobiling in: U.S.A.

by Kirsten Armleder

A group of snowmobilers sitting on top of a mountain.
Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan boast the highest numbers of registered snowmobiles in the U.S. photo courtesy International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association

Snowmobiling in the United States of America is big. How big? Well, there are currently 1.4 million snowmobiles registered in the country. To put it into perspective, that’s more than double the number of snowmobiles registered in Canada. The U.S. also rakes in $18 billion more snowmobile-based revenue annually than does Canada and $21 billion more than do Europe and Russia.*

Now you must understand that Canada is much less populated than the U.S. and that nobody here is trying to say that one is better than the other. But with those kinds of numbers, it’s not surprising that three of the four major snowmobile manufacturers are headquartered in the U.S. Or that the U.S. is where organizations like the International Snowmobiling Manufacturers Association, the International Snowmobile Racing Inc. and the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame are located. Oh, and did I mention that Eagle River, Wisconsin, is the registered Snowmobile Capital of the World? Also in the U.S.

All numbers aside, though, snowmobiling in the U.S. can’t be much different than it is in Canada. We ride the same continent, the same kind of snow and the same kind of machines, and we’re all there for the same reason, anyways: to have fun with our friends and families!

That’s why all of our cousins to the south have been invited to celebrate the sport with us at the upcoming World Snowmobile Invasion (WSI) in Whitecourt, Alberta, on February 11 to 15, 2015.

According to WSI event planner Cindy Brooks, the American Council of Snowmobile Organizations is excited to support this event, having sent out invitations to all of its member clubs. The U.S. is one of the major snowmobiling countries of the world that will be represented at this exciting event.

*According to stats published by the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association.

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