Ancient history: The best vintage snowmobile museums we’ve seen (so far)

Here’s a list of the most memorable museums full of old sleds that we’ve come across over the years

by Kyle Born

A blue Sno Scoot in front of six red Sno Scoot snowmobiles.
Valdi Stefanson is a vintage snowmobile collector in Minnesota who says he has the best collection of Western Canadian snowmobiles. Photo courtesy Valdi Stefanson

Vintage snowmobile museums, like old sleds themselves, are rare. But when you find one—and an excellent one at that—it’s worth telling your friends about. Here are some of the top snowmobile museums in Canada and America that have us asking, “Have you seen THIS!?”

Military vehicles and old snowmobiles comprise Miracle of America Museum

“Visitors from around the world rave about the museum.” — Gil Mangels

Gil Mangels stands behind a red 1943 Eliason Snow Toboggan.
Gil Mangels has an extensive vintage sled collection, including this 1943 Eliason Snow Toboggan. Photo courtesy Gil Mangels

Miracle of America Museum in Polson, Montana, contains vintage snowmobile items dating back to the 1940s that have been procured by founder Gil Mangels.

A history of Western Canada’s most obscure snowmobile brand: SNO SCOOT

Sno Scoots were made in Calgary, Alberta, for three years, from 1965 to 1967

Art Bilous stands behind several Sno Scoot snowmobiles in a snowmobile museum.
1965,1966, 1967 Sno Scoots at Yorkton museum, with recently deceased curator Art Bilous. Photo courtesy Valdi Stefanson

Valdi Stefanson, vintage snowmobile collector and reconditioner, details how Calgary-made Sno Scoots came to be and their doomed drawbacks.

The owner of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds has “a crazy passion for old sleds”

Yama-holy cow! Lloydminster has a whole lot of old snowmobiles

(L to R) Lorne Larson and Valdy Stephonson, president of the America Vintage Snowmobile Association, pose with a 1966 prototype Evinrude Sail Master, which got kiboshed because the public didn’t like the name.
(L to R) Lorne Larson and Valdy Stephonson, president of the America Vintage Snowmobile Association, pose with a 1966 prototype Evinrude Sail Master, which got kiboshed because the public didn’t like the name. Photo courtesy Lorne Larson

Lorne Larson, owner of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, has a snowmobile collection of 140 classic sleds on display.

 

And remember, we’d like to hear from YOU, especially if you have a vintage sled (or museum) worth talking about. Tell us about it

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