Economic Impact and Importance of Snowmobiling in Idaho

Snowmobiling provides a major recreational opportunity in Idaho given the State’s climatic conditions and mountainous terrain. In addition to the enjoyment provided by snowmobiling, it generates significant impacts in terms of employment and economic activity in many counties and for the State as a whole. In order to estimate the economic importance of snowmobiling in Idaho, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) contracted with the Department of Economics at Boise State University (BSU) to perform this study of snowmobiling on a county by- county basis and statewide.

by Department of Economics, Boise State University

This report provides estimates of the economic impact of snowmobiling on the Idaho economy. Economic impact analyses of programs for various parks and recreation departments across the country have been generated since the formulation of Input-Output methodology and cost benefit analysis in economics. The economic effects of these programs, in addition to the recreational opportunities provided, are of interest to policymakers. In this report, we estimate the economic role of snowmobiling in terms of its impact on the State and for each of the counties. The results of this study provide valuable information to state and local officials charged with making responsible decisions regarding the use of public funds.

Attached document published June 2017

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