$180 Permit

$180 Permit Targeted To Grow Participation in Ontario Snowmobiling

New Option for 2014 Seasonal Permit Offers 30% Savings This Season

(Barrie, ON – October 10, 2013) – With the Farmer’s Almanac forecasting a snowy, cold winter for Ontario, participating snowmobilers can catch a big savings break by purchasing 2014 Seasonal Snowmobile Trail Permits earlier than usual. The not-for-profit Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is pleased with the province’s recent decision to approve a new fee of only $180 for 2014 Seasonal Permits bought on or before November 1, 2013. This limited offer is only available for permit transactions completed online* at www.ofsc.on.ca.

“The $180-Nov. 1 option for the 2014 season represents a 30% saving off the regular Seasonal fee of $260, providing Ontario snowmobilers with exceptional value for the coming winter, ” said OFSC President Brenda Welsh. “It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to loyal buyers for their support and to welcome them back to OFSC trails this season.”

According to recent consumer surveys undertaken by the OFSC, the majority of respondents said that Ontario snowmobiling is very enjoyable. So the OFSC is confident that the $180-Nov. 1 permit option will also provide a significant incentive for new participants and former riders to discover the fun of today’s snowmobiling for themselves this winter.

Available this season on or before November 1, the $180 permit is a transitional step and part of a major, ongoing review of its business model for trail operations by the OFSC. At their recent annual general meeting in September, OFSC member clubs approved a recommendation called “A Framework For Change”. The new plan outlines a comprehensive direction, including more permit types with varied fees, allocating more money where it snows each winter, and promoting more efficient trail operations across the province.

“Like many others, the snowmobiling industry was impacted by the global economic downturn following 2008. That’s why the OFSC continues to explore alternatives for doing business smarter and more effectively,” said OFSC Executive Director Paul Shaughnessy. “We also think it’s important to keep snowmobiling as accessible as possible for Ontario families as well as for visitors from outside the province. So we’re working on a variety of other enhancements for consideration at our 2014 AGM next September, but now, at least for the coming season, our customers have a new permit choice.”

The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs is a volunteer led not-for-profit association, which through strong leadership, provides a wide range of quality programs and services to, and on behalf of, its member organizations. Our provincial network of organized snowmobile trails connects Ontario communities providing responsible riding experiences that are safe, enjoyable and environmentally sustainable.

* Processing fee applies. Full vehicle registration details required at time of purchase.