Technically its Bombardier ( which for snowmobiles is BRP for Bombardier Recreational Products ). I dont remember the guys first name, but his last name was Bombardier and he was creating machines that drove on snow before the 20's.
Polaris was started in 1954 then Edgar Hetteen left Polaris and started Arctic Cat in the early 60's. There is an autobiography by Edgar called Breaking Trail, which he talks about starting both companies. It is definitely worth reading.
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