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 backyard full of snowmobiles.
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Old Sled Zone: 1970’s Mercury Snowmobile & a backyard of vintage sleds

It's not too often you see an urban backyard with such an impressive line-up of old sleds like this one has.

A vintage Sno-Jet sled, powder blue in colour.
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Old Sled Zone: 1973 Sno-Jet 338

Sno-Jets were produced from 1965 until 1980 by Quebec-based Sno-Jet Industries, eventually becoming a division of Kawasaki Motors.

A cool powder-blue Snow Cruiser.
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Old Sled Zone: OMC Snow Cruiser

Snow Cruiser exclusively sold snowmobiles in Canada from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s.

Burnt sleds and ATV's sitting outside a business.
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Old Sled Zone: 1975 Ski-Doo 340 survives shop torching

A devastating fire leaves a Montana business reeling.

An orange Moto Ski Zephyr with a light blue seat.
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Old Sled Zone—1968/69? Moto Ski Zephyr

The Moto-Ski company of La Pocatière, Québec, Canada was purchased in 1971 by Bombardier. The last year of production was 1985.

Ray Kelly's pristine condition Scorpion Mark III - 300 model sled.
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Old Sled Zone: 1969 “Tear-Drop” Scorpion Mark III – 300 model

At this year’s Cranbrook Snowmobile Club event, Ray and his buddies brought out some of their vintage snowmobiles for the annual Show and Shine.

Picture of a Double Eagle Raider snowmobile.
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Old Sled Zone: 1970’s Double Eagle Raider

The invention and brainchild of Bob Bracey, these innovative snowmobiles were definitely ahead of their time

Here is a Skiroule S-400, sitting on the trailside.
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Old Sled Zone: 1970’s Skiroule S-400

Skiroule had a short and colourful existence in the snowmobile world, though the machines remain a popular collector’s item with old snowmobile lovers today.

A complex and unique snowmobile.
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Vintage Snowmobile: ‘Rube Goldberg’—Moto-Ski GPS model

A record number of old and antique snowmobiles were on display at this year's vintage rally, held by the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club.

Flipping an old Yamaha Bravo.
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Old Sled Zone: Vintage Yamaha Bravo - back flip

You don’t often think of vintage snowmobiles and backflips in the same sentence, but a rider named Chris from Thompson, Manitoba has changed that

Bruce and Ellen Hostetler sitting on bright yellow Ski-Doo.
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Old Sled Zone: 1968 Ski-Doo Super Olympique

We’ve written about this old 1968 Ski-Doo Super Olympique before, but now it has been restored to running condition by Bruce Hostetler of Minnesota.

An ’69 Ski-Doo Alpine Invader 640 ER.
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Old Sled Zone—1969 Ski-Doo Alpine Invader 640 ER

I recently came across a big, bulky 1969 Ski-Doo Alpine Invader 640 ER perched in the back of a pickup truck owned by Gord Martin of Cranbrook.

A line-up of vintage sleds.
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Old Sled Zone: Don’t miss Cranbrook’s Vintage Snowmobile Rendezvous—Saturday, February 24th, 2018

The Cranbrook Snowmobile Club's 33rd Annual Poker Run and Vintage Snowmobile Rendezvous happens on February 24th.

A line-up of vintage sleds.
Old Sled Zone, Manitoba

Swan Valley set to hold Vintage Snowmobile Ride – March 10th, 2018

One of the highlights for the Swan Valley Snowmobile Club is their annual Vintage Ride.

A vintage Polaris Electra sled.
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Old Sled Zone: Family-Friendly 1977 Polaris Electra (Wide track)

The Polaris Electra was a nice riding sled on smooth trails, with plenty of power and Polaris definitely built this sled for the family in mind.

A Yamaha Enticer 400 T-R, the ultimate working man's sled.
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Old Sled Zone – 1990 Yamaha Enticer 400 T/R

This is a Yamaha Enticer 400 T-R model, which stands for long track and reverse.

Bill Hammond's 10-year old son, David, on a brand new 1969 Yamaha.
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Old Sled Zone: 1969 Yamaha—351cc: Remembering when $700 bought a new snowmobile

"All machines in the early years had dependability problems," says Hammond, "especially for long-range riders."

1927 Ford Model T modded into sled.
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Vintage (Antique) Snowmobile: 1927 Ford Model T, with track and skis

Nine decades earlier, the machine—outfitted with skis and tracks—was abandoned by American scientists in the wilderness outside Nain.

A picture of a line-up of snowmobiles parked outside a diner on a winter day.
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Old Sled Zone: 1970 Skiroules at the Manitoba Centennial Run

The Centennial Run was a sledding excursion from the Peace Gardens, North Dakota, to The Pas, Manitoba.

A 1969 Scout Ski-Bee.
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Old Sled Sighting: 1969 Ski-Bee Scout with Wheel Kit

Ingham Industries of Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Canada was the producer of the innovative Ski-Bee lineup.