Fees increase for snowmobile trail passes

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Snowmobilers and other groomed trail users in Montana will see changes to trail passes for the 2019/2020 riding season.

Last spring, the 2019 Montana Legislature passed House Bill 355 which adjusted fees on the Montana Snowmobile Trail Pass and Non-resident Snowmobile Temporary Use Permit and designated a new Non-resident Groomed Trail Pass.

Montana residents will now pay $20 for the Snowmobile Trail Pass which is valid for two seasons (July 1 through June 30). This pass is required for riding snowmobiles, converted snow-bikes, fat tire bikes and e-bikes on groomed snowmobile trails.

Out-of-state visitors riding snowmobiles or snow-bikes are required to purchase a Nonresident Temporary Use Permit for $35, up from $25 last year.

Nonresident fat tire bike and e-bike users must purchase the Nonresident Groomed Trail Pass to ride on groomed trails in Montana. This new trail pass is $35 and is valid for 2 seasons (July 1st through June 30).

Revenue generated by the three trail passes goes to the Snowmobile Program to be used for trail grooming as well as the purchase and maintenance of grooming equipment.

“Every year, the cost of snowmobile trail grooming and grooming equipment increases,” said Seth McArthur, Snowmobile Program Manager. “The new permit fees will help Montana’s 25 Snowmobile Clubs meet the rising cost of grooming the 4000 miles of designated snowmobile trails in Montana”

In addition to trail grooming and maintenance, $.50 from each Non-resident Temporary Use Permit goes to support Search and Rescue efforts across Montana.

The passes may be purchased from local vendors or online at https://app.mt.gov/als/index/index.html.

Vendor lists are available at http://stateparks.mt.gov/recreation/snowmobileProgram.html.

For vendor lists or more information on the Snowmobile Program visit http://stateparks.mt.gov/recreation/snowmobileProgram.html or contact Seth McArthur at 406-444-3753 or smcarthur@mt.gov.

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