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December 13, 2017


Here is a press release from the CCSO that we think every snowmobiler should read. It is very informative.


Snowmobiling Is Good For Your Health… And For Beating the Winter Blues 


Thunder Bay, Ontario, December 11, 2017: The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) is pleased to receive initial findings that recreational snowmobiling can assist in the accumulation of the total recommended physical activity time needed to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Study data suggests that the activity level of snowmobiling has traditionally been underestimated. This according to preliminary results from a yet-to-be published University of Guelph study entitled “The Physiological Assessment and Analysis of the Physical Demand of Riding a Snowmobile”. 


“This news will come as no surprise to snowmobilers across Canada who ride all winter,” commented CCSO President Dale Hickox. “Snowmobiling gets you outdoors, breathing fresh air and being active with friends & family – and that simply makes you healthier and better able to cope with life’s challenges.” 


But the fact is that many North Americans fail to get at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate to vigorous activity as recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. This deficiency is compounded in the winter as North Americans burn 15-20% fewer calories in weekly recreational activities. It should be noted that physical inactivity accounts for 15% of the 1.6 million chronic health conditions diagnosed each year. Typically, chronic health conditions consume 67% of all direct health care costs and cost the Canadian economy $190 billion annually in treatment expenses and lost productivity. 


This snowmobiling health study indicates that participating in snowmobiling is one good way to achieve the better physical conditioning that keeps people healthier and helps prevent chronic health conditions. Conducted in 2016/17, the study evaluated the physical demand of snowmobiling, considering both cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal demands. It also examined if activity location would play a role in the physical demands.  


Considering early results researchers compared the snowmobiling health study results to the American College of Sports Medicine’s Compendium of Physical Activities. This tool defines activities by their aerobic demands as a metabolic equivalent (MET). A MET is a unit that represents the amount of energy required to maintain human function while sitting or lying awake at rest. Therefore, an activity of 3 METs would be 3 times more demanding than rest. 


Moderate intensity activities range between 3-6 METs. Snowmobiling falls into this category, as the average METs for groomed trail riding scored almost 4 METs, while mountain riding came in closer to 7 METs. All in all, this puts snowmobiling in the same physical activity range as other winter activities like chopping wood, snow shovelling, and recreational ice-skating and snowshoeing. 


A balanced lifestyle also includes good mental health. According to a major depressive disorder study by researchers at Duke University, physical activity is also effective in beating those winter blues. Together, these findings suggest snowmobiling is good for both body and mind. 



CCSO/CCOM Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations Conseil Canadien des Organismes Motoneiges 


Dedicated to providing leadership and support of safe, organized and environmentally responsible snowmobiling in Canada since 1974 





The CCSO and its snowmobiling health study funding partners: the International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA),  Arctic Cat Industries, Ski-Doo (BRP),  Off Road Business Association (ORBA),  Royal Distributing Inc., Colorado Snowmobile Association (CSA), Snowmobile North Dakota (SND), Glacier House in Revelstoke BC, Haliburton Forest Wildlife Reserve in Haliburton ON; are committed to winter family recreation and the healthy, active lifestyle benefits associated with recreational snowmobiling. 





Dennis Burns Executive Director Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) (807) 345-5299 Email: ccso.ccom@tbaytel.net 


Snoman welcomes the introduction of an orange snowmobile license plate


Winnipeg – Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. is pleased that Manitoba Public Insurance has released the highly visible plate for snowmobiles.  The colored plate will assist with enforcement for enforcement agencies and is something that Snoman has been asking for.


“This is certainly a positive step and will help with providing more recognition for Snopass holders on the trail network,” said Alan Butler, President.  “Whether you’re using the trails or accessing a shelter, our volunteer clubs pay for the maintenance and upkeep and it is important that all who use these services contribute.”


Snoman encourages those who have already received a sticker for this season to visit a MPI location and get the orange plate.  A regular Snopass is $150 per riding season and a 7-day pass is $75.50.  If one decides not to renew their Snopass the orange plate has to be returned to MPI and revert to a regular ORV plate.  Reverting to a regular ORV plate means lack of access to the Snoman trail network.


“Our volunteers work countless hours to provide this winter recreational activity for riders to enjoy safe well-groomed trails,” said Yvonne Rideout, Executive Director.  “This will make the process for snowmobilers simpler and we look forward to the rollout on December 1.”


Snoman Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to providing strong leadership and support to its member clubs to develop safe and environmentally responsible snowmobile trails to further the enjoyment of organized recreational snowmobiling in Manitoba.