Snowmobile Registration Law

November 8, 2015

Dear Fellow Snowmobilers, your local snowmobile club, The Hortonville Polar Bear Riders, would like to make you aware of upcoming changes taking place for the 2015-2016 snowmobile season. New regulations taking affect July 1, 2015 will require all snowmobiles operated on WI trails to have both current registration and the NEW WI Trail Pass affixed to each snowmobile. We encourage you to join your local snowmobile club, Polar Bear Riders Snowmobile Club Inc. of Hortonville, WI. Membership in your local club includes membership to the AWSC (Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs) which will in turn enable you to purchase a discounted WI Trail Pass for each of your registered sleds. Your membership dues to your local club help to establish and maintain the trails in our local communities for everyone to enjoy.

WI Trail Pass Information
Effective July 1, 2015

  • Effective July 1, 2015, snowmobile registration will cost $30/3 year from the current $30/2 year.
  • All snowmobiles operating in WI will now be required to display a WI Trail Pass (purchased separately from snowmobile registration).
  • Increases the non-resident trail pass feefrom current $35/year to $50/year.  Includes a 4-year sunset clause which requires re-evaluation (2019) by the legislature prior to renewal of the WI Trail Pass program.
  • Theannual (yearly) WI Trail Pass will be available to members who belong to both a snowmobile club and the Association of WI Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) for $10 through the AWSC office in DeForest, WI for each of your WI registered snowmobiles. Snowmobile owners who don’t hold membership in these groups will pay $30 for the required WI Trail Pass through the DNR.
  • Your snowmobile club will be responsible for your AWSC membership which makes you eligible for the discounted WI Trail Pass.
  • The WI Trail Pass is brand new in 2015 and is a separate item from your snowmobile registration.
  • Non-residents may purchase a discounted trail pass if your snowmobile is registered in WI and you belong to a snowmobile club and the AWSC.
  • Revenue generated from the sale of snowmobile registrations and WI Trail Passes will be deposited into the state snowmobile segregated fund, which is used to pay snowmobile clubs to maintain and develop the trails. WI trails are made possible by snowmobile club volunteers who provide the labor to brush, sign and groom the trails and the landowners who allow trails to cross their property.

Additional benefits of being a member of your local club and the AWSC are a magazine subscription to the Wisconsin Snowmobile News and an accidental death & dismemberment insurance benefit of $3000 for you, your spouse, and your children under the age of 19. If you would like to join us in your local club please complete and mail in the attached membership form with dues at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions or concerns please email the club at



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