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 vintage John Deere sled.
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Old Sled Zone: JD “Green Machine” spied

These popular machines in the familiar green colour came with the tagline, “Nothing Runs Like a Deere.”

Larson’s 1972 Chaparral Freebird SSX Grass-Pro 650-cc Factory Grass Drag Sled is No. 28 of 35 ever built.
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Old Sled Zone: 1972 Chaparral Freebird SSX Grass-Pro 650 cc

Lorne Larson of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, shows off his 1972 Chaparral Freebird SSX Grass-Pro 650 cc

by Kyle Born
The 1967 Larson Eagle JLO 247 cc is an oddball—and Larson loves it.
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Old Sled Zone: 1967 Larson Eagle JLO 247 cc

Lorne Larson of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, shows off his 1967 Larson Eagle JLO 247 cc

by Kyle Born
Larson’s favourite sled is his 1967 Johnson Skee Horse 20-inch track.
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Old Sled Zone: 1967 Johnson Skee Horse

Lorne Larson of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, shows off his 1967 Johnson Skee Horse

by Kyle Born
Some of Larson's Yamaha's are on display in Lorne's Vintage Sleds
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Old Sled Zone: 1982 Yamaha SRX

Lorne Larson of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, shows off his 1982 Yamaha SRX

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

Lorne Larson of Lorne’s Vintage Sleds in Lloydminster, Alberta, shows off his 1966 prototype Evinrude Sail Master

by Kyle Born
An ’69 Ski-Doo Alpine Invader 640 ER.
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Best of Old Sled Zone: 2018

We are pleased to re-post the “most liked” of the vintage sleds we have posted during the first 6 months of 2018.

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

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

by Kyle Born
Calvin Robinson with his 1970 Sno-Jet Super Sport.
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Best of Old Sled Zone: 2018

We are pleased to re-post the “most liked” of the vintage sleds we have posted during the first 6 months of 2018.

A vintage Double Eagle Raider, spotted at the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club's vintage rally in February.
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Best of Old Sled Zone: 2018

We are pleased to re-post the “most liked” of the vintage sleds we have posted during the first 6 months of 2018.

Here is a Skiroule S-400, sitting on the trailside.
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Best of Old Sled Zone: 2018

We are pleased to re-post the “most liked” of the vintage sleds we have posted during the first 6 months of 2018.

A vintage baby-blue Snow Cruiser, spotted at the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club's annual Show-and-Shine.
Old Sled Zone

Best of Old Sled Zone: 2018

We are pleased to re-post the “most liked” of the vintage sleds we have posted during the first 6 months of 2018.

A partially restored John Deere 295/S snowmobile.
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Old Sled Zone: Inside the restoration project — 1974 John Deere 295/S

As you can see from this series of photos, Samek is well on his way to restoring this old John Deere to its former glory.

Person sitting on a Snow Cruiser sled.
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Old Sled Zone: A second 1960’s Snow Cruiser

The Snow Cruiser was built by Outboard Marine Corporation of Peterborough, Ontario.

Vintage snowmobiles at the Vintage Snowmobile Show in Saskatchewan.
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Old Sled Zone: Rare 1968 “Sail Master” Snowmobile & Top 10 Photos from the Saskatchewan Vintage Show

Thanks goes out to our go-to-vintage-sled guy, Sid Samek, who attended the Vintage Snowmobile Show held in Regina, Saskatchewan last weekend.

A vintage baby-blue Snow Cruiser, spotted at the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club's annual Show-and-Shine.
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Old Sled Zone — 1960’s Snow Cruiser

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

A nicely restored John Deere 340, restored by Sid Samek of Manning, Alberta.
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Old Sled Zone: 1970’s John Deere 340

Well-known for their production of agricultural and lawn care equipment, John Deere also ventured into the snowmobile industry in the 1970s and '80s.

Calvin Robinson with his 1970 Sno-Jet Super Sport.
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Old Sled Zone: Vegreville Antique Snowmobile Show & Shine

Billed as the Vegreville “Father's Day” event, this show and shine meet attracts a big and enthusiast crowd — from near and far — to view all things motorized.

An Alouette Brute Junior 295, owned by sled enthusiast Sid Samek.
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Old Sled Zone: 1972 Alouette Brute Junior + Super Brute 295 & 440

Alouette Brute snowmobiles continue to be a popular choice with collectors and sled enthusiasts.

Side view of sled, painted black and red.
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Old Sled Zone: An original, early concept 1997 custom-built mountain sled

Cam Webber, a Sparwood, B.C. resident, built his own vision of a mountain sled in his shop.