SnoPasses

Snowmobile license plates

Why a coloured plate?

A highly visible plate will help Conservation officers & other enforcement agencies to readily identify who has a Snopass.

How soon can I get my plate?

December 1, 2015.

If I already paid for my Snopass for this season can I still get a coloured plate?

Yes, visit a MPI outlet on or after December 1, 2015.

If I don't have a Snopass how much do I have to pay?

A Snopass is $150, and you are required to pay your annual registration.

What happens if I have a coloured plate but don't renew my Snopass next season?

Your coloured plate must be returned to MPI.

Notice to those who Snowcheck…

With snowmobile registration and the Snopass, there is no financial advantage to the customer to ‘cancel’ the insurance/registration and/or Snopass, since all three stated components are fully earned immediately (non-proratable/non-refundable). All you need to do is wait until you have your new snowmobile and you can transfer your registration and Snopass to your new snowmobile!

What is the fine if I ride the trails without a Snopass?

Fine of $487.15.

How does this apply to 7 day passes and out of province snowmobilers?

Stickers are available for 7 day passes and annual Snopasses for out-of-province snowmobilers. The coloured Snopass plates are annual and only available to Manitoba residents.

 

MANITOBA PUBLIC INSURANCE Agents

Purchase your Snopass at any Manitoba Public Insurance Agents throughout Manitoba - MPI Broker Locator

Please visit the MPI website for more information regarding Snopasses.

Out-of-Province Snowmobilers

If you are not a Manitoba resident, you must purchase a Snopass to ride the trails in Manitoba.You can purchase either an Annual Snopass or a Seven-Day Snopass. You must show proof of ownership and a valid registration from another jurisdiction that includes a minimum of $500,000 third-party liability coverage. An Annual Snopass allows you to ride on designated trails until April 30.

Did you know that Saskatchewan snowmobiliers are welcome to enjoy Snoman's trail system? In the Crown Lands Act, the requirement for a Snopass does not apply as long as the person's snowmobile has current Saskatchewan Government Insurance registration.

Manitobans are also welcome to enjoy Saskatchewans trail system! In the Snowmobile Act, all Saskatchewan and out-of-province registered sleds can ride on all Saskatchewan designated trails with a current valid registration from home province or state.


To purchase your Snopass in advance, you can mail your information to an MPI Broker. Your Snopass sticker will be mailed to you from the Broker. Please allow time for this process. For locations and addresses of MPI Brokers in Manitoba, please click here.

Are Snopasses mandatory?

If you wish to travel on designated Snoman trails in Manitoba, you are required by law to have a valid orange Snopass plate affixed to your snowmobile. Conservation Officers and the RCMP patrol the trails regularly, and a snowmobiler found to be on a designated trail without a valid Snopass will be fined over $480.00.

What's the purpose of the Snopass?

Your Snopass fee helps to enhance recreational snowmobiling across Manitoba, as it supports the local Snoman member clubs who groom and maintain more than 12,000 kilometers of designated trails across Manitoba.

What other benefits does a Snopass offer?

  • Entitles the Snopass purchaser to ride all of Snoman's designated snowmobile trails.
  • Manitoba Snopasses also provide additional entitlement to ride on designated trails in Saskatchewan.
  • Creates more sustainable funding to ensure the designated trail system continues to provide snowmobilers with a safer riding opportunity.
  • Provides important announcements on safety and trail conditions through media such as radio, print, and website.
  • When you purchase a Snopass, you receive a Snoman official trail map for the season.
  • Four issues of SnoRiders West, Snoman's official regional publication (one per household).

Manitoba public insurance Snowmobile brochure

Brochures available here.

What is Snoman?

Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. is a non-profit organization representing 52 member snowmobiling clubs that maintain and groom over 12,000 kilometres of Manitoba's scenic trails. Member clubs are financially supported through the sale of Snopasses.

How do I purchase a Snopass?

Snopasses can be purchased year round anywhere Autopac is sold. You can defer the payment until December 1st, but the Snopass must be purchased or cancelled prior to December 1st. You can also take the pre-authorized payments available through MPI.

How much does a Snopass cost?

An Annual Snopass costs $150.00. A 7-Day Snopass costs $75.50. If you ride 500 kms per season on designated trails, the annual Snopass of $150.00 breaks down to paying 0.30 cents per km travelled. The more you ride, the better your value becomes. Fuel and oil savings is another cost benefit of riding groomed trails.

Voucher Option: A new option now available is a Snoman Trail Voucher - which could be a perfect Christmas gift for snowmobilers. Manitobans will now be able to purchase this voucher which has a value of $150.00. The voucher can only be used by a registered snowmobile owner to purchase a Snopass. The voucher can be redeemed at any Manitoba Public Insurance location, or any Autopac agent location, in the province.

Snopass Prices

All the prices include GST
Annual Snopass: $150.00
7 Day Snopass: $75.50
Voucher: $150.00 value

Can I get a Refund for my snopass?

There are no refunds through MPI or Snoman. We would like all of our snowmobiling friends to know that in seasons where snowmobile clubs are unable to groom their trails due to a lack of snow, Snoman Inc. does not provide refunds to Snopass holders, nor do we provide a credit for the purchase of a Snopass for the following year. We ask that you bear with us as we cannot control the weather as much as we would like to.

What Happens if i don't pay or i don't cancel my snopass prior to December 1st or my renewal date?

You will be charged interest by MPI and your account is in arrears and is due.  This is MPI policy and not Snoman policy, and Snoman will not interfere with MPI policy.  It is important that you take the necessary action prior to December 1st of each year or your renewal date.

How long is my Snopass valid?

Regular Snopasses are valid for as long as your snowmobile policy is valid. You pay for it each year at the same time you pay your insurance and registration on your snowmobile.

What happens to the money collected from SnoPass sales in the years where there are reduced amounts of snow?

Snoman operates under an agreement with the Government of Manitoba. This agreement requires that the monies Snoman receives from MPI from the sale of Snopasses goes directly into a SnoFund Trust Account. Money from the SnoFund Trust Account can be used soley for activities designed for trail maintenance, trail improvements, and administration of the designated provincial trail system in accordance with the agreement.

Who manages the snofund trust?

Under the agreement, the SnoFund Trust is managed by a committee consisting of two members from each of the five regions of Snoman, two members appointed by the Government of Manitoba, and chaired by the President of Snoman.

How do snofund trust funds flow to clubs?

Clubs are compensated per kilometre for the maintenance and grooming of snowmobile trails. The amount of compensation clubs receive is based on total dollars collected from Snopass sales, the total number of  kilometres of trails in the province, and the total kilometres groomed in the season. The current policy states that clubs are to receive $10.00 per kilometre for trail maintenance and $12.00 per kilometre for grooming but may receive a maximum of $15.00 for grooming (if the funds are available).

what happens if all snofund trust funds are not paid out?

To help ensure that minimum compensation payments can be made to clubs each year, the agreement between Manitoba and Snoman permits Snoman to operate a Stabilization Fund which is to be used when there is a decline in the sales of Snopasses and/or an increase in grooming activity for a particular year. In a year where after the maximum compensation rates are paid to clubs and there are funds remaining in the SnoFund Trust Account, those funds would be transferred to the Stabilization Fund. Such funds can be used in years of decreased Snopass sales or increased grooming activity to help ensure minimum compensation payments can be made to clubs.

 

FAQs – Snopass Increase - Effective 2015

Why is the increase needed?

Operating costs for grooming have increased significantly, and the rates paid to clubs must be increased in order to maintain equipment and the trail system.

Based on the growing needs of Snoman’s member clubs, as well as the realities of having a current voluntary system, our primary challenge for the future of Snoman is continuing to support the cost of safety and risk management, as well as trail infrastructure and volunteer management. 

Our important initiatives in the areas of risk management, protection of the environment, trail planning and auditing, and awareness for public safety regarding snowmobiling all require additional funding at the club level so that they may continue to function properly.

When was the last increase in the Snopass fee?

The last increase was over four years ago.

With the lack of snow this year, will there be a lot of cost savings?

Clubs still have trail maintenance which is done earlier in the year.  As well, clubs still get paid for two grooming as per our operational policy.  Clubs still have the costs of loans for groomers, shelter upkeep, and other operational costs.  In the event that all funds are not disbursed to the clubs, the funds go into Operational Stabilization Fund for future use.

What are the new fees?

Snopass - $150/year (GST incl.)
7-day pass - $75.50 (GST incl.)

What is the breakdown of the $150?

Snofund - $133.33
Agent fee - $10.00
GST - $6.67

What would have been the repercussions if the increase wasn’t approved?

Inadequate funding at the club level is detrimental and we have witnessed the negative consequences first-hand.  In 2013-14, a club was forced to fold, mainly due to insufficient funding for grooming and the lack of volunteers who have to subsidize the grooming.  The loss of one club created a huge void in the provincial trail system.  Fortunately, the club is now back in operation, albeit not on the same level as before. Today, clubs require a minimum of $15 per kilometer.  In light of a decreasing volunteer base, clubs need to be able to hire people to do some of the work required.  The potential loss of more clubs will ultimately destroy our trail system.

How do we compare to other provinces?

Even with the increase, Snopasses have one of the lowest fees in Canada.  Current fees range from $132.00 to $360.00.

 

Miscellaneous

How do i receive my snoriders magazine?

To receive your copy of the SnoRiders magazine, you need to submit the SnoRider consent form that is attached to the bottom of your Snoman Membership card (available to purchase from any local club), or select the option to receive the SnoRiders magazine when you purchase your Snopass at your local insurance broker.