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Ski-Doo XRS 800

Ski-Doo is a brand name of snowmobile manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products. The first Ski-Doo was launched in 1959. It was a new invention of Joseph-Armand Bombardier. The original name was Ski-Dog, but a typographical error in a Bombardier brochure changed the name Ski-Dog to Ski-Doo.[1]

The first Ski-Doos found customers with missionaries, trappers, and prospectors, land surveyors and other persons who need to travel in snowy remote areas. The largest success for the snowmobile came from sport enthusiasts, a market that opened the door to massive production of snowmobiles.[2][3] This popularity led to skidoo (sometimes ski-doo), with the derived verb skidooing (or ski-dooing), becoming the traditional generic term for snowmobile in much of Canada.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ Bassett, Jerry (July 1, 2007). "Rants and Raves Ten Sleds that Shaped the Sport:". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "De 1959 à 1964 : La motoneige Ski-Doo" (in French). Musée J. Armand Bombardier. [dead link]
  3. ^ "1959 to 1964: The Ski-Doo snowmobile". Musée J. Armand Bombardier. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bombardier Ltd: Case Report". Strategic Management, California State University, Hayward. 1997. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "An American's Guide to Canada: Canadianisms". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Nadasdy, Paul (2011). Hunters and Bureaucrats: Power, Knowledge, and Aboriginal-State Relations in the Southwest. UBC Press. p. 273. ISBN 978-0-7748-4041-5. 

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