The Cranbrook Snowmobile Club's 33rd Annual Poker Run and Vintage Snowmobile Rendezvous happens on February 24th.
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.
One of the highlights for the Swan Valley Snowmobile Club is their annual Vintage Ride.
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.
"All machines in the early years had dependability problems," says Hammond, "especially for long-range riders."
Nine decades earlier, the machine—outfitted with skis and tracks—was abandoned by American scientists in the wilderness outside Nain.
The Centennial Run was a sledding excursion from the Peace Gardens, North Dakota, to The Pas, Manitoba.
Ingham Industries of Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Canada was the producer of the innovative Ski-Bee lineup.
Moto-Ski's continue to be a popular collector sled for vintage snowmobile enthusiasts.
The 6th Annual Vermilion Snowmobile Expo in Alberta was a huge success, with over 100 sleds on display.
John Dyer, from Edmonton, is definitely putting the fun back into snowmobiling and preserving some great history too.
The successful Yamaha Enticer series was known for their high speed performance capabilities - the original muscle sled.
The Scorpion Stingerette, marketed in a hot pink colour dubbed 'Midnight Sun Magenta', was reportedly the first snowmobile geared towards women.
The sled was introduced in the mid-1970s, and filled Polaris’ need for a quality trail sled
The recent Edmonton Snow Show was a great place to check out all the newest and latest technology in snowmobiling and check out all the vintage sleds.
SnoRiders recently spied this old Ski-Doo perched on the roof of a restaurant/pub in Golden, B.C.
If a vintage snowmobile starts at 25 years, then this 1994 Ski-Doo Safari is on the cusp of being a vintage ride.
The Scorpion snowmobile line was once very popular, ranking in the top three of best-selling sleds - outselling even Polaris.