Snowmobile Season Full of Optimism! (Ed Klim)
Published on Monday, November 10, 2014 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Snowmobile season begins with early snow and crowds full of optimism!

Early snowfall throughout the Snowbelt greeted winter enthusiasts at Halloween time this year. The early blast was a welcome taste of things to come in much of North America. Mother Nature’s sneak peek generated a great deal of activity at snow shows, in snowmobile dealer showrooms, in local clubhouses, and at snowmobile associations across the area.

Snow show attendance rises
While the snow is beginning to accumulate in the mountain regions of the United States and Canada, many outdoor enthusiasts are packing exhibition halls full of shiny new snowmobiles and special offerings on parts, garments and accessories at this season’s fall Snow Shows. Reported record attendance at the internationally recognized Hay Days event in Minnesota started the excitement for the upcoming snowmobile season! Strong attendance and enthusiasm was reported from Milwaukee to Massachusetts.

Snowmobile sales up
Following strong sales last season, where the snowmobile manufacturers saw an 11 percent increase in the sale of new snowmobiles worldwide, snowmobile associations and clubs are now preparing trails and riding areas and beginning to plan winter activities for another great season of snowmobiling fun.

Snowmobile trip planning trends
Trail permit sales and snowmobile registrations are currently running ahead of previous years. Snowmobile destinations are reporting an increase in advanced room reservations and snowmobile rental activity.

Ed Klim is president of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA)

With snowy weather being forecasted, winter outdoor enthusiasts are looking forward to the prospect of great snowmobiling this winter. Following last year’s 20 percent increase in ridership activity, winter tourist attractions and restaurants are also looking forward to a bountiful winter and to serving us along our travel paths!

Get ready to ride
The new 2015 snowmobiles are on display now and are being prepared for pick up at all local snowmobile dealerships. If you aren’t picking up a new sled this year, remember to check over your current snowmobile, have it serviced if needed, and guarantee it is ready for a busy year. Don’t forget to have your trailer and tow vehicle checked as well.

Visit the Go Snowmobiling web site to learn more about the fun of snowmobiling. “Like” our Facebook page and share your pictures and comments.

We look forward to seeing you all on the trails, mountains, and riding areas this winter throughout the Snowbelt.

Ed Klim is president of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA)

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