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A Snowy Legacy: The History of Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

The Evolution of Arctic Cat Snowmobiles in Grand Prairie, AB

GP Motorsports is the premier motorsports retailer in Grand Prairie, Alberta  and the surrounding region. Step inside our showroom and you’ll be met with everything from ATV’s, to Dirt Bikes, to Sled Decks and everything in between. Being a proudly Canadian owned and operated store, we are excited to offer our valued customers Arctic Cat’s entire line of snowmobiles that promise limitless amounts of excitiement during Alberta’s cold winter months. Continue reading along as our team explores the history of Arctic Cat, an industry leading snowmobile and powersports manufacturer. 

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The Early Days

The origins of Arctic Cat Snowmobiles date back to the early 1960s, in the small town of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, just a stone's throw away from the Alberta border. In 1962, Edgar Hetteen and David Johnson founded Arctic Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Arctic Cat. The duo's vision was to revolutionize winter transportation, and that vision soon took the form of the first Arctic Cat snowmobile, the "Model 100" in 1962.

Industry First Technologies

In 1968, Arctic Cat made history by introducing the revolutionary slide-rail suspension system. This innovative design allowed for improved stability and maneuverability, setting the bar high for the snowmobile industry. Over the years, Arctic Cat continued to push the boundaries of technology and performance, introducing innovations like the AWS (Arctic Cat Walker Suspension) and the powerful ZR series, which showcased industry-leading horsepower and handling.

Modern Day 

Today, Arctic Cat continues to be a driving force in the snowmobile industry, providing riders in Alberta and beyond with machines that are built to withstand the harshest of winter conditions. The brand continues to innovate, introducing the revolutionary M-Series mountain sleds, designed for conquering the most challenging backcountry terrain, along with their Alpha One suspension technology that delivers enhanced maneuverability and  improved handling.

Find Your Arctic Cat Snowmobile at GP Motorsports

Whether you're a seasoned snowmobiler or a novice looking to explore the beautiful Canadian wilderness, Arctic Cat snowmobiles have a rich history and reputation that's second to none. That’s why we here at GP Motorsports are proud to offer the latest and greatest Arctic Cat snowmobile models at out Grand Prairie dealership. Visit us at 13116 100th Street and explore our available inventory, today!