Trail Riding and the "User-Pay System"

Safe Snowmobiling

Hand Signals

Permits

The OFSC Trail System

What are Top Trails?

Trail Riding & the User-Pay System

Snowmobiling & The Law

Safe snowmobile trails don't just happen, they are the result of years of planning and development; hundreds of thousands of volunteer building and maintenance hours; and millions of dollars of capital and infrastructure investment. Because trails usually co-exist within the natural environment, they require constant remedial work to prevent them from reverting to their former wilderness condition. Therefore, snowmobile trails cost big money - an estimated $14 million annually in combined total of cash outlay and value of volunteer labour in Ontario alone. About half this annual figure consists of the volunteer hours contributed by the members of local snowmobile clubs who do the hands-on grooming and maintenance on their own trails. The balance, about $7 million, comes from the user pay system, wherein a trail permit must be purchased and displayed on each sled that legally uses OFSC trails.

Since 99% of Ontario snowmobile trails are OFSC trails, it stands to reason that you can't snowmobile very far on safe, groomed trails in Ontario without first obtaining an OFSC trail permit.

Surely this is a small price to pay for the world's safest snowmobiling. When you consider the other advantages to buying a trail permit, can there be any other responsible decision?