Interesting Facts

Do you know where your money goes…
Distribution of snowmobile revenue
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Did you Know…

that the average cost of a machine to pull a grooming drag is over $200,000?  It cost another $20-30,000 for the drag that cuts the moguls, levels and smooths the trail.  Another way to look at it is that it takes more than 5,110 trail permits at $45 each to purchase a grooming tractor and drag.
Jan/Feb 2014 MSA

Did you Know…

that there are approximately 175 trail grooming units used to maintain the 6,500 miles of groomed trails in Michigan?  The cost to groom one mile of trail last season was $5.13.
Jan/Feb 2014 MSA

Did you Know…

that during low snow years any money left in the snowmobile trail fund is used to repair and/or replace bridges on the trails and also to repair and/or to purchase new grooming units.
Jan/Feb 2014 MSA

Did you Know…

why everybody you pass on the trail waves?

Snowmobile-Hand-Signals

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 Did you Know…

how much Lake Effect Snow settles?

Q.- Your historical weather page says you have picked up 10″ of snow in the past 2 days, but yet your snowcover has only increased by 3, what gives?
A.- The majority of the snow in the Keweenaw Peninsula is Lake Effect. It is very light and fluffy because it is composed mainly of air. After a period of time, gravity will cause the snow to settle and squish much of the air out of the snow. I have found that lake effect snow generally settles at a rate of about 6:1, meaning that over time, 6″ of lake effect snow will settle to about 1″. Much of the settling takes place in the first 24-36 hours after falling and then slows down over the next few days and may take up to a week to finally settle completely. The settling process is why the Keweenaw Peninsula can have over 20 feet of snow fall in a season, but yet have only 4-5 feet on the ground.

This great explanation comes from the Q & A section of John Dee’s website www.johndee.com.

Did You Know…

that there are currently 68 grooming grant sponsors, mostly snowmobile clubs, chambers of commerce, visitor bureaus, or a combination of non-profits that maintain the Michigan snowmobile trail system – and most of the individuals involved are volunteers?
Dec. 2013 MSA

Did you Know…

that riding anything other than a snowmobile on snowmobile trails that cross private property is illegal in Michigan? The reason is that the responsible snowmobile club obtains an easement each year from each landowner for the trail to cross their private property. The easement allows only snowmobiles to use the trail from Dec. 1st to April 1st. After April 1st, the trail is no longer a trail and violators can be charged with trespassing.
Dec. 2013 MSA

Did you Know…

that it cost $5.13 to groom one mile of trail during the 2012-2013 season? If you divide that $5.13 into the $45 trail permit cost, you will see that after you have ridden 8.77 miles the $45 has been used up.
Nov. 2013 MSA

Did you Know…

according to the most recent economic impact study, more than $500 million on average is generated within Michigan from snowmobiling activites?
Nov. 2013 MSA

Did you Know…

that Oakland County alone has more registered snowmobiles (21,440) than most states including Alaska and Washington? Macomb County ranks second with 16,592 snowmobiles.
Also, there are approximately 1.77 million snowmobiles registered in the U.S.
Oct. 2013 MSA