Ski-Doo is a brand name of snowmobile manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products (originally Bombardier Inc. before the spin-off). The Ski-Doo personal snowmobile brand is so iconic, especially in Canada, that it was listed in 7th place on the CBC's The Greatest Canadian Invention list in 2007.
INNOVATION DELIVERING PASSION
Ever since J.-A. Bombardier founded the company in 1942, our name has been synonymous with quality and creativity. His pioneering spirit is a legacy that has kept us growing and exploring new frontiers. Today, in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, more than 7,600 people are keeping the spirit alive in all of our recreational vehicles and products.
At BRP, innovation and passion are at the heart of our commitment, our products, and our brands. Whether it be our Sea-Doo watercraft and boats; our Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles; our Rotax karts and engines; our Can-Am ATVs or our Evinrude outboard engines, these values come alive through technology and design, inspired by a single and common compelling mission: to deliver to consumers the most extraordinary recreational experience.
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.
The first Ski-Doos found customers with missionaries, trappers, prospectors, land surveyors and others 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. 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.
In early 2016 Ski-Doo announced that they are releasing an all new snowmobile engine and chassis. Most of the 2 stroke engines from Ski-Doo as well as its competitors mainly featured 800cc motors (for the newer snowmobiles). Ski-Doo announced that in its new line of model year 2017 snowmobiles, they would have an 850cc motor. That motor (the Rotax 850 E-Tec) was designed with an all new chassis, not designed separately. The new motor and chassis makes the snowmobile more agile, responsive and powerful. Ski-Doo named this new chassis/motor combination "Gen-4" and released it in several different models (Summit, MXZ, and Renegade).