Old Sled Zone

Welcome to the wonderful world of vintage snowmobiles

It's sometimes unfathomable the changes that have occurred in the snowmobiling industry since the first sleds came out. Snow machines have evolved from pretty basic models to today's highly specialized units carefully designed for particular terrain and purpose. For many sledders, there is great nostalgia in those early snowmobiles, and older riders have fond memories of family time on sleds when they were young. That evocation of times gone by seems to be, at least in part, why we find the value in vintage snowmobiles and love to see them brought back to good-as-new condition.

A Polaris Autoboggan—
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Summer Rewind—The best of Old Sled Zone Sightings: the Polaris Autoboggan

From the dozens and dozens of Old Sled Sighting posts we have selected the best by reader reach.

The Herter's snowmobile was available via direct mail from the company's catalogue – shipped direct to your door in a wooden crate.
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Summer Rewind—The best of Old Sled Zone Sightings: Herter’s snowmobile

From the dozens and dozens of Old Sled Sighting posts we have selected the best by reader reach.

A vintage Johnson Rampage spotted at the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club's rally in February 2017.
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Summer Rewind—The best of Old Sled Zone Sightings: 1970’s Johnson Rampage

From the dozens and dozens of Old Sled Sighting posts we have selected the best by reader reach.

For John Samolis, all the hard work of restoring his 1968 Herters snowmobile paid off with a first win at a vintage sled show.
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Summer Rewind—The best of Old Sled Zone Sightings: ‘68 Herters

From the dozens and dozens of Old Sled Sighting posts we have selected the best by reader reach.

A 1970's kiddie-sized Sno Cub by Yardman.
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Summer Rewind—The best of Old Sled Zone Sightings: 1970’s Sno Cub

From the dozens and dozens of Old Sled Sighting posts we have selected the best by reader reach.

A collector's favourite, the unique Yamaha Inviter.
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Summer Rewind—The best of Old Sled Zone Sightings: 1984 Yamaha Inviter

From the dozens and dozens of Old Sled Sighting posts we have selected the best by reader reach.

Vintage snowmobile owners prepare for the Canadian Power Toboggan Championships parade.
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Summer Rewind—The Best of Old Sled Zone Sightings: Canadian Power Toboggan Championships

From the dozens and dozens of Old Sled Sighting posts we have selected the best by reader reach.

The original power machine, this all-Canadian Sno-Jet sled still looks ready to roll.
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Old Sled Sighting: 1974 “Big Blue” Sno-Jet

We stumbled across this Big Blue 1974 Sno-Jet literally sitting in front of someone’s front steps this week.

A late 1970's Ski-Doo Blizzard 5500.
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Old Sled Sighting: 1979 (80’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.

Two vintage beauties: the Ski-Doo Alpine and the Ski-Doo 340.
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Old Sled Sighting: Single-Ski Ski-Doo Alpine—“The World’s Slowest Snowmobile”

We dip back into Doug Williamson’s vault of great vintage snowmobile photos from the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club Vintage Rally last February.

An Arctic Cat Panther.
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Old Sled Sighting: Late 1970’s Arctic Cat Panther

The Arctic Cat Panther was often referred to as the Cadillac of snowmobiles in its heyday.

A vintage Ski-Doo Citation sled.
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Old Sled Sighting—Return of the Rat Sled: Late 1970’s Ski-Doo Citation 300 (?)

Ski-Doo worked hard to squeeze lots of amenities into this little machine and keep the price tag low as well.

A vintage Johnson Rampage spotted at the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club's rally in February 2017.
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Old Sled Sighting: 1970’s Johnson Rampage

A bit hard to find but the little Johnson Rampage machines have enough personality to make the search worthwhile.

A vintage mid-80's Yamaha Enticer 340.
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Old Sled Sighting: OUCH! 1984(?) Yamaha Enticer 340

These popular Yamaha machines featured some of the industry's leading edge snowmobile technology of the day.

A 1970 Ski Doo, owned by Todd Jones.
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Old Sled Sighting: A “most minty” 1970 Ski Doo

According to the Snowmobile Encyclopedia, "The 1970 Ski-Doo Nordic snowmobile was advertised as the sled “for the man who wanted luxury.”

Barry Guindon and his Polaris TXL snowmobile.
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Old Sled Sighting—Late 1970’s Polaris TXL

"I'm a true blue Polaris guy and was looking for a long time for one of these sleds," says owner Barry Guindon of St. Andrews, Manitoba.