Where it began

Posted: March 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Snowmobiling was first made popular after the first patent of a riding snowmobile in 1927 by Carl Eliason. Then in 1958 Joseph Bombardier invented what was called the endless track snow machine, aka snowmobile. From then on the rest is history. 

People from Wisconsin took a different viewpoint on the matter and tried turning Model T cars into snow drivable machines, and even putting skis and runners on bicycles, but not prevailed over the endless track snow machine. A Russian inventor made known what was called the Aerosan, which was a propellor driven  snow vessel on skis, built around 1910. Aerosans were used in the Soviet Army during the Winter War and the Second World War. Joseph Bombardier not only patented the snowmobile in 1959, but created the invention of a large seven to twelve passenger, snowmobile. It looked like a school bus on skis. 

Then, in 1960, snowmobiles were made famous by skidoo for the one- to two-person form. Many companies copied the famous idea and there were then hundreds of manufacture on this idea by the 1970s. The snowmobile today is either one of four brands, the Ski-doo, Arctic Cat, Yamaha, and Polaris. Its interesting to see the transformation the snow machine idea underwent to get to what we have today. 




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