Watertown — Since 1975, the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) has worked as a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers in an effort to support snowmobile devotees.
Members cover the entire State, from Niagara Falls all the way to Long Island. This year’s bountiful snowfall is predicted to benefit New York’s economy, according to NYSSA Executive Director, Dominic Jacangelo.
NYSSA recently underwent a study regarding the economic benefits of snowmobiling within the state, utilizing the resources at Suny Potsdam Institute of Applied Research. Analyzing data from the winter of 2010-2011, the study found that the sport contributed approximately $868 million to the New York economy.
However, due to last year’s mild winter, Mr. Jacangelo explained it hurt profits and how much NYSSA contributed to the NYS economy. “Instead of $800 million or so, we ended up only contributing $400 million”, said Jacangelo. Financial predictions appear to be a repeat of the 2010-2011 fiscal trend.
This year's winter will be a “typical” heavy snow season, Jacangelo is expecting that NYSSA will double last year's profits. Jacangelo, a snow sport buff, expressed his enthusiasm for this year's winter:
“This winter is very exciting. Today’s snow covered such a wide expanse of the state, which is really encouraging for the economics of the sport. I mean the snow is covering every county from Northern New York to the South and this is great for our economy.”
In 2010-2011 NYSSA had 70,000 members, yesterday the NYSSA signed up 1,000 members and is expecting to have just as many signing up this snowy day. Mr. Jacangelo states that there are not many snowmobile rentals in the North Country. For first time and novice snowmobile enthusiasts Jacangelo suggests purchasing a used snowmobile and consider joining a local snowmobile club.