Snowmobiling: Hundreds of Millions to the NYS Economy
In late 2011 NYSSA tasked the SUNY Potsdam Institute for Applied Research NYSSA to undertake an economic assessment of snowmobiling on the New York State economy. Based on the nearly 6,000 responses, the assessment determined that snowmobiling delivers an economic impact of $868 million annually. The average annual household expenditure for a snowmobiling season is $3,561 and an additional $3,200 for sled expenses that include purchase price and towing.
“This follow-up to the New York State 1998 study shows that, even after adjusting for cost of living and other factors, snowmobiling has been a growing activity during the last decade with significant economic impact for New York State,“ said Dr. J. Patrick Turbett, Director of SUNY Potsdam Institute for Applied Research
“The goal of our study was to accurately assess our current contribution. By collaborating with the SUNY Potsdam Institute for Applied Research we ensured that the findings would withstand peer review,” said Dominic Jacangelo, Executive Director of NYSSA. “In addition to financial numbers, this survey informed NYSSA of our current demographics and how snowmobilers feel about our sport in New York State. These results are critical in ensuring snowmobiling interests have a voice on the federal, state and local levels.”
Broken down by region, snowmobiling has an economic impact of $245 million in the Adirondacks, $165 million in the Tug Hill and $163 million in Central New York. The study showed that snowmobilers spend an average of 22 days on the trails each season, with 8.5 days being spent in another region of the state from where they reside.
Every trailer contains two or more snowmobiles.. and is pulled by a tow vehicle. Do the math…
In comparison, the state of New Hampshire recently released a similar study, valuing the annual economic impact of snowmobiling in their state at $586 million. Plymouth State University Institute of Studies who prepared this study for the state of New Hampshire, used a multiplier of 2.88 to determine their economic impact. If New York used this same multiplier, the annual economic impact would be $1.2 billion.
This 2011 work was followed up by a second survey in the late winter of 2013. One of the most outstanding findings of that follow up was that the Adirondack area continues to gain in importance to snowmobilers as 37% of all snowmobile rides took place within the blue line.