The Registration is for 3 years. Likea liscence .
The trail permit is per year.
Yes it is expencive, and lower michigan areas do not get much of the money.
The Trail permit goes for grooming expencies and trail maintenence , Bridges Clearing land and renting land so you can run on. The areas with the most snow gets the most money. I hate paying for it also but if we don't belong to a club, you'd have nothing. The clubs do the trail marking yearly, at no cost to you, and the Groomers cost upwards of 100,000 so who pays for it, we do, just part of the sport.
I have older sleds because i cannot afford a new one also. I ran once last year for 200 miles for 40 dollars trail permit. ya it hurts but, running on groomed trails , well there is just no comparison to anything else.
The Trail permit will remain 40 per year foir the next 2 years, then may go up more.
Hay could be worse.
If you lived in canada you,d pay in the hundereds to have your sport on groomed trails and have to become a club member to play on anything but privet land.
Lets all respect the clubs that do the work every year. They do it because they love the sport like you and I.
Support them by attending there events . There alot of fun and a nice place to get some good grub and warmth and conversation.
REGARDS AND SAFE SNOWMOBILING.