Old Sled Sighting: 1979 (80’s) Ski-Doo Blizzard 5500

One of the tag lines for the Blizzard series was: "If you are already a good rider, Blizzard 5500 will make you a great rider.”

A late 1970's Ski-Doo Blizzard 5500.
A late 1970's Ski-Doo Blizzard 5500. Photo courtesy Keith Powell

Along the busy highways and byways of the West Kootenay, hidden among the growing grass and weeds lays a late 1970’s Ski-Doo Blizzard 5500. Ski-Doo’s impressive line-up for 1979 featured three Blizzards: the 5500, the 7500 Plus and the Blizzard 9500 Plus. Ski-Doo was keen on building on their racing reputation and their success from the previous season.

“Ski-Doo dominated last season’s Super Stock racing world,” stated their ads. “Now the speed and handling you need to dominate your world have been built into three new super-hot Ski-Doo consumer sleds: The Blizzard line for ’79.”

Here’s the description of the 5500: "Fan-Cooled. 496.3 cm of power from Bombardier’s own Rotax engine. High-performance, racing-type Mikuni carbs. A lightweight aluminum drive pulley that allows easy adjustment of belt tension….If you are already a good rider, Blizzard 5500 will make you a great rider.”

“The Blizzard of ’79. Somebody’s gonna get snowed under! Go ‘doo it!”

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