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Snowmobile History

The History Of The Snowmobile

While the snowmobile is clearly a big hit in the modern day, the history of the machine can be traced back to the start of the 20th century. While there is some debate about the origins of the snowmobile, with various parties claiming they were responsible for its development, there is no doubt that there have been some notable landmarks in the development of the machine, and the activity itself.

The first recorded machine that was deigned to operate on snow dates back to 1908 in Waterville in Maine but this was a large and cumbersome vehicle. The following year, a rough snow machine that could be steered was designed by a man known as OC Johnson.

A major step forward was taken in 1913 when a track and ski unit kit conversion for the Model T Ford was created in New Hampshire. However, there was a similar variant created in Waterville at the same time, even though neither inventor was aware of the other one. However, the version created in New Hampshire by Virgil White was the first time that the snowmobile name was used. The Model T, given its popularity, was the inspiration for many variants and in 1922, J Armand Bombardier was responsible for creating a sled that was driven by wind but which had a Model T engine. Bombardier developed a reputation for developing snowmobiles.

Earl Eliason is a big name in the development of snowmobiles

A landmark development in the history of snowmobiles came in 1924 in Sayner in Wisconsin with Earl Eliason being regarded by many people as being the originator of the snowmobile. He was the pan who patented and manufactured machines, referred to as a motor toboggan, for close to 20 years, before selling the rights to a company who continued with production until the 1960s.

While the early variants were all of a simple standard, something which is more akin to what is recognised as being a modern day snowmobile was created in 1954. Polaris Industries was the company behind it, although all of the work and effort put in to the machine was down to one partner David Johnson. The other partners were unaware that Johnson had been working on the project and advised him to sell the machine, and to their surprise, it sold.
The first machine had a number of issues, but as they manufactured it, Polaris felt responsible for servicing it, and after a journey to back the machine out of snow, there was a decision to make a new machine to assist with this process. This led to the reaction of the Polaris Sno Traveler, which was manufactured for a number of years at the end of the 1950s.

Minnesota played a  vital role in the development of snow mobiles

The same period also saw the company setting up a dealer network around the country with Yarmouth in Maine being set up as the base of the Eastern distribution. It was found that the layout of Minnesota, flatter than Maine with more changeable conditions, was a better location for the snow vehicles, and this became the hub of snow mobiles at the time. The developments made between 1961 and 1966 have led many people to call this part of the country the home of modern snowmobiles and there is even a snowmobile museum located in this area.

The advances of technology has probably had as much of an impact on the development of snowmobiles in recent years, but clearly the initial forays into this style of vehicle has had an impact on what is perceived as the modern snowmobile today.

While the initial developments of the first snow mobiles were built to make life and transport easier, modern snowmobiles are as much regarded for their speed and ability to race. Snowmobile racing is now an integral part of the US gaming community, as well being an entertainment activity that is revered around the world.

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Snow mobile Racing In The US

If you are looking for a quick insight into why snow mobile racing is so popular, it can be found in the fact that 2 million people in North America own a snow mobile. While a large proportion of this collective will use the machine for travel and transport, it is inevitable that many will use their device for sport. There is also a lot to be said for the fact that many people who don’t actually own a snowmobile have a love of the sport that is undertaken on the machine.

With respect to using a snowmobile, there is more than 220,000 miles (equating to 354,000 km) of snow mobile trail to be found in the United States and in Canada. This provides the opportunity for a great level of participation in sporting events and during the winter months, there is enough activity in many rural locations to support a local economy. The average level of snow mobile travel every year is 1,500 miles (equating to 2,414 km).

Snowmobiles are far faster than you think

Racing snow mobilesSnow mobiles can achieve a speed of around 150 miles per hour (or 240 km/hr), so it is easy to see why the element of racing is such a popular one in the United States. When you have a device that has the ability to go this fast, it is inevitable that people will start to race them, and there has been professionally organised snow mobile racing in the United States since the mid-1960s. Winsconsin and Minnesota debate about which state was the first to host an official snow mobile racing event in the United States but there is no doubt that this is an activity that is incredibly popular in this part of the world in the winter months.

One of the things that is notable about snowmobile racing in the United States, is that there isn’t one unified body or organisation taking control of racing. This means that there are plenty of different organisations, all of whom offer great racing opportunities and excitement for fans, but when you are faced with many options, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. It may be that the locality of a snow mobile racing federation is the most important thing for you when looking to find an event you can enjoy.

Some of the biggest snowmobile races in the US include:

The International 500

This is a major annual event which is held in Michigan and it is a 500 mile (800km) race. The race has been in place since 1969 and it is one of the most prestigious snowmobile racing events you will find in the United States of America.


This series of events are undertaken on snow mobiles on a course which is similar to a motocross course. The races are held in the winter months in the north of the United States and in Canada. One of the biggest events in this discipline is the Northeast SnoX Challenge. This is held in January of every year and is undertaken in Malone, New York. Sponsorship comes from the Malone Chamber of Commerce.

Drag Racing

This is an activity that is associated with snow mobiles all through the year. Even in the summer or autumn months when there is no snow, you will find the mobiles being used on grass or closed-course strips. One of the biggest events held in this field is the Hay Days which takes place in Minnesota. This event is traditionally held on the first weekend that falls after the Labour Day Holiday in the US.

Ice Racing

Snow mobiles are also used for ice racing and the World Championship Snowmobile Derby takes place every winter in Wisconsin. This event welcomes more than 30,000 people to it on an annual basis, indicating the level of demand that there is for races of this nature.

Betting On Snowmobile Races In North America

There is a huge level of demand for sports betting around the world, and this is definitely the case in North America. As you would expect, there are some sports that are far more popular in North America than in other parts of the world. While many people will assume this refers to the key American sports such as basketball, baseball and football, there are plenty of other sports which apply. Given the varied weather conditions that are applicable in the USA, it is easy to see that winter sports are very popular in some areas and snowmobile racing is an activity that is rising in popularity all the time.

While snow mobile racing is a very exciting spectator sport, and it is a sport that attracts a great number of sponsors, there is a high level of interest in betting in the activity. It is possible to bet on individual races, with all of the associated bets that come along with this form of betting, but there are also futures betting options available with respect to snowmobile racing. Across North America, there are a number of key races in this sport, and there are a number of different authorities and ruling bodies.

This means that there are many seasons and campaigns to look out for, which provides betting opportunities over a number of races or a longer period of time. No matter what sort of sports betting activity you are looking for, snowmobiles ensure that there is a betting opportunity available for everyone.

There are numerous bets to look out for in snowmobile racing in the US.

As you would expect from any race, it is possible to place a bet on an outright winner, but there are also other bets available to choose from, with Place Bets being at the forefront of the betting activities available with respect to snowmobile betting. We can recommend this site for some great odds.

There is an opportunity to place a bet on an individual to:

  1. Win
  2. Place
  3. Show

These three bets provide a greater level of opportunity to get a return of money from snowmobile betting. While the outright win bet is straightforward, the Place Bet provides an opportunity get money if the individual you bet on finishes first or second. Clearly the return on a second placed finish is smaller than a win, but most people feel that any return is better than nothing. There is also the fact that given there are so many entrants taking part in any given race, the odds of winning for each entrant are higher, so there is still a sizable return to be obtained through a Place Bet.

A show bet provides the best chance of a return in a snowmobile race

A show bet in a snowmobile race is one where the individual bet on can finish first, second or third. This means that the show bet provides one additional opportunity to obtain a return when compared to the show bet (first, second and third compared to first and second).

These are the most common snowmobile bets available for races taking place in North America, and there is also an opportunity for in-play race betting on snowmobile races. Live and in-play betting is the forefront of sports betting for so many people, and with mobile and tablet devices being used on a more regular basis, there is an increased opportunity for people to bet wherever they are. In-play betting means that there is an opportunity to enjoy the latest live odds and with some races taking place over a number of hours, such as the 1-500 which is undertaken over 500 miles. These lengthy races provide the opportunity for many bets to be placed over the course of the race.

There is also an opportunity to place bets on the season outcome of leader board race events, organised by the various regulating bodies of snowmobile racing in North America.