Participants' Perceptions of Recreational Conflicts: Snowmobiling and Cross-Country Skiing in Wisconsin

Date of Graduation

Spring 1992


Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences


Geography, Geology, and Planning

Committee Chair

William Cheek


The purpose of this study is to examine the participation patterns and attitudes of Wisconsin snowmobilers and cross-country skiers concerning participation in their chosen activity during the winter of 1988-89. These respective recreational groups significantly differ in both their demographic and attitudinal backgrounds. The research hypothesis is: 1) the demographic and attitudinal differences which existed between snowmobilers and cross-country skiers, during the 1970s and early 1980s, have remained relatively unchanged through 1988-89 and 2) the differences which exist between the two recreational groups make these activities incompatible to be in proximity of each other. The results of this study showed a statistically significant difference, on 86% of the attitudinally related topics, between the cross-country skiers and snowmobilers, as well as notable demographic differences. The outcome of the 1988-89 Winter Recreation Survey supports the research hypothesis.

Subject Categories

Earth Sciences


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