This has been an incredibly strange year for snowmobiling here in the northern plains. Last season we enjoyed a wealth of snow. This season, there was an early hint of snow, but by Christmas the Grinch had stolen the snow season. Sled sales were strong as enthusiasts sought fresh replacements for their older sleds. Then as the season was to approach nothing!
Heading into December the sled business had expectations of up to a 30 percent sales increase from the previous season, all based on heavy snows during the long winter of 2010-2011. Now that optimism has shrunk to hoping for sales the same as before. We have heard that sled sales are expected to be flat or down a percent or two. Frankly, that is good news. And we see optimism for the 2013 model year to be healthy.