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The New Number is out

This study has been updated. The latest version will be posted here soon. In the meantime the magic number is in excess of 606 Million dollars for the 2018-2019 season


Full report
An Economic Evaluation of Snowmobiling in Maine:
An Update for 2018-2019 Release February 2020
Conducted by Ian Hathaway, Dr. Jessica Leahy, Dr. Mindy S. Crandall University of Maine University of Maine - School of Forest Resources
University of Maine, Orono, Maine 04469-5782
For: The Maine Snowmobile Association
Executive Summary
Snowmobiling is a popular winter activity in Maine. It also contributes to the economy of the state as residents and non-residents take to the trails that span the state. A study of snowmobiling for the 1995-96 season determined that snowmobiling has a large impact on the Maine economy. Furthermore, it is generally believed that the sport and its impact on the economy have continued to grow since the 1995-96 season. Consequently a study was conducted to update the 1995-96 study for the 1997-98 snowmobiling season.
The update clearly indicates that snowmobiling has continued to grow in recent years, especially among non-residents of Maine. It was found that resident snowmobile registrations increased about 3.7 percent over the two-year period, but non-resident registrations increased 71 percent over the period. This is a very large increase and clearly illustrates the recent growth in the sport.
In terms of economic impact, snowmobilers spent $176.3 million on snowmobiling-related expenses in Maine during 1997-98. Expenditures by snowmobilers increased about.15 percent between the 1995-96 and 1997-98 seasons. The total impact of snowmobiling in 1997-98 is estimated to be $261 million, which is about $35 million higher than in 1995-96. Finally, snowmobiling accounts for 3,100 full-time equivalent jobs in Maine.
This study does not include some types of expenditures that are included in other economic studies of snowmobiling, such as second home and vehicles used while snowmobiling. These items are seldom purchased exclusively for snowmobiling and, therefore, should not be included. The exclusion of these items should be considered when comparing the results of this study to studies conducted for other states.



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