SOURCE: International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association

December 14, 2007 14:46 ET

Discover Snowmobiling This Winter

HASLETT, MI--(Marketwire - December 14, 2007) - The arrival of snow doesn't mean you have to lock yourself up inside for the winter months. Bundle up, get outdoors and participate in an activity that 3 million people enjoy each year -- snowmobiling.

Snowmobiling allows you to create unforgettable memories with family and friends while escaping the demands of everyday life. In fact, 95 percent of snowmobile enthusiasts consider snowmobiling a family lifestyle activity. Snowmobiling is one of the easiest recreational lifestyle activities to learn, making it suitable for all ages.

There are 230,000 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails that wind through beautiful scenery throughout North America. This amounts to more miles of snowmobile trails than in the entire U.S. interstate highway system. 80 percent of snowmobilers use the abundance of trails to explore their surroundings in a way that can only be experienced from a snowmobile.

Try renting a snowmobile if you think the activity complements your family's interests. Many ski resorts across North America now offer snowmobile renting, along with all the gear necessary to hit the trails and have some fun. These resorts are discovering that snowmobiling is one of the most popular activities. There are also plenty of rental facilities nearby snow-covered groomed trails throughout the country to consider.

For those interested in learning more about snowmobiling, the www.gosnowmobiling.org Web site is an essential tool for guidance. It provides information on how to get started in snowmobiling, dealers and renters who can supply you with a snowmobile, locations to snowmobile and more. It's a great way for the inexperienced snowmobiler to get informed. A free e-newsletter is also available to sign up for through the Web site.

ISMA is an organization representing the four manufacturers of snowmobiles. ISMA's main function is to provide and encourage policies, programs and activities to improve the lifestyle activity of snowmobiling throughout the world. It maintains strong partnerships with the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO/CCOM) and the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA). For more information about ISMA, visit www.snowmobile.org. International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, 1640 Haslett Road, Suite 170, Haslett, MI 48840.

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