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Ice Boat vs. Hot Lake

Ice Boat vs. Hot Lake

Sailing across a lake in a boat made out of ice seems like a bad idea, especially when it’s one of the warmer lakes on the planet. But YouTuber Ryan Trahan did just that, and spent three months building a 4000-pound frozen boat for his melty and futile journey. Perhaps some rowing lessons would have helped.

Ice Beard Surfers

Ice Beard Surfers

VICE introduces us to Daniel Schetter, also known as “Surfer Dan,” a local legend in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, who, along with his friends, have made a name for themselves by surfing the frigid winter waves of Lake Superior, and for the amazing ice formations that gather on their exaggerated facial hair.

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Cocktail Kingdom Anvil Ice Pick

Cocktail Kingdom Anvil Ice Pick

What’s the most overlooked cocktail ingredient? It’s ice. Ice, baby. The key to a perfectly chilled drink is a big chunk of ice so it doesn’t melt and dilute the good stuff. This heavy-duty Anvil Ice Pick is just what the mixologist ordered. The stainless-steel anvil end scores an ice block, while the sharp bit does the breaking and carving.

Ice Karting

Ice Karting

We’ve spent some time hooning about on the ice in high-powered sports cars, but these guys in Russia show that it doesn’t take a big budget to enjoy ice driving. With tiny studded tires and some 250cc engines, ripping around on a frozen river in go karts looks like a massive amount of fun.

Frisbee on a Frozen Lake

Frisbee on a Frozen Lake

Shea Gunther shows how a frisbee he tossed onto the ice while skating in Cape Elizabeth, Maine kept rolling and rolling along the slippery surface on a windy day. We’re particularly impressed with his ability to keep up with it and keep it in the frame.

The Icebreaker

The Icebreaker

Timelab.pro captured this incredible footage of 50 Years of Victory and Yamal, two Russian icebreaker vessels as they headed out across the Arctic Ocean. These nuclear-powered ships use their 75,000 horsepower engines to cut through ice up to 9.2 feet thick to reach the northernmost waters of the Russian Federation.

Icebreaker Ice Maker

This portable ice maker lets you bring ice cubes right to the table and serve them without a mess or having to touch the cubes with your hands. Each one makes and dispenses a dozen cubes, and is easy to fill and freeze. Grab a two-pack in The Awesomer Shop.

Winter Driving with Nissan AWD

Winter Driving with Nissan AWD

We spent a couple of chilly winter days North of Montreal, Canada covering hundreds of miles of snow- and ice-covered roads in the new 2019 Nissan Altima AWD and Murano AWD. On our arrival to the Mecaglisse ice circuit, we got to drive the insane snow-tracked Altima-TE.

Ice G-Wagon

Ice G-Wagon

The Mercedes G-Class (aka the “G-Wagon”) is a boxy and rugged military-style vehicle. We’ve seen lots of them over the years, but never one quite like this – a fully-drivable vehicle with a body made out of ice. The frozen ride was made by Garage 54 of Novosibirsk, Russia.

Skull Ice Cube Mold

Skull Ice Cube Mold

Next time your serve up a cocktail, drop a tiny human skull in, then let it gradually melt like the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark. This two-part silicone tray lets you make four 2″ x 2.36″ skulls at a time, and is great not only for water, but for fruit juice, jello, or candy skulls.

Ice Bath Chat: Antoine Vaillant

Ice Bath Chat: Antoine Vaillant

(PG-13) While Hot Ones gradually ramps up the pain with its interviews, Jujimufu’s Ice Bath Chat cuts right to the chase, dunking its subjects into a bathtub filled with ice water. In this clip, bodybuilder Antoine Vaillant attempts to fend off the effects of hypothermia.

Driving on Broken Ice

Driving on Broken Ice

Watch as a Russian off-road vehicle called a Sherp rolls effortlessly over a partially-frozen lake, seemingly defying physics by not sinking through the softened ice. Apparently it has something to do with the vehicle’s paddle boat tires. See more Sherp antics here.

World’s Coolest Drummer

World’s Coolest Drummer

We had to go way back in the wayback machine to dig up this clip, but it’s too good not to share if you missed it. Watch as The Hellacopters drummer Robert Eriksson performs a solo on a set of custom-carved ice drums. They play surprisingly well – except the cymbals.

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Working LEGO Zamboni

Working LEGO Zamboni

After building a functional LEGO snowblower, The Brick Wall shows off another amazing custom LEGO machine. This one can smooth out lumpy, snow-covered ice and make it slick enough for minifigs to skate on.

Making a Hot Tub from Ice

Making a Hot Tub from Ice

When they’re not crushing things with their hydraulic press, Lauri and Anni are fooling around in the snowy countryside of Finland. This week, they managed to create a single-person hot tub made entirely from ice. The color of that hot water is more than a bit sketchy.

Ice Rubik’s Cube

Ice Rubik’s Cube

Tony Fisher knows a thing or two about making Rubik’s Cubes. After all, he’s the guy behind the world’s largest working cube, and has also built all kinds of complex variants. Here, he shows off a fully-functional puzzle that he made using ice. Hopefully, he’ll work out a color version.

Laser Lake

Laser Lake

You’ll want to turn the volume up to get the most out of this clip, in which a frozen lake in Nevis, Minnesota makes some strange and unexpected sounds as chunks of ice crack and move. You might think it sounds like Star Wars, but us real geeks know it’s Tempest.

Phantom Ice Maker

Phantom Ice Maker

If you like making cocktails, you’d probably love to have those clear ice cubes they have at fancy bars. This slick kit from Wintersmiths gives you the tools you need to make crystal clear ice, and offers several molds for making spheres, cubes, and other shapes with ordinary tap water.

Skiing at 117 mph

Skiing at 117 mph

British Olympic Skier Graham Bell had the brass balls to skitch behind a speeding Jaguar XF Sportbrake on the ice in Arjeplog, Sweden, setting a new record for fastest towed speed on skis – an average of 189 km/h or about 117 mph.

Deal: Millennium Falcon Ice Molds

Deal: Millennium Falcon Ice Molds

Keep your drinks chill with a big Millennium Falcon ice cube thanks to this fun silicone ice mold. The dual mold makes a pair of intergalactic freighters, guaranteed to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs – assuming “Kessel Run” is just the name of a cocktail.

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Yaket Ice Beverage Pack

Yaket Ice Beverage Pack

The Yaket Ice is much larger than existing ice packs – it covers the entire height and width of most beverage cans. Its cooling fluid also freezes at up to -15ºC/5ºF in 36h, so you can expect your drinks to stay cold for up to 12h.

Freezerunning

Freezerunning

Fortunately winter appears to finally be behind us, so we can now enjoy Jason Paul’s icy parkour video without thinking about having to scrape frost off our car windows. The clip was shot at Harbin, China, which turns into a frozen winterland once a year.

Shackleton’s Return

Shackleton’s Return

In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and team set out to cross Antarctica by boat. They ran into ice, and were stranded for 634 days. He helped save his entire crew, but never finished his mission. 100 years later, his great-grandson completed the task in a tricked-out Hyundai Sante Fe.

Subaru Bobsled Run

Subaru Bobsled Run

Subaru recently asked rally driver Mark Higgins to perform an insane stunt – driving a WRX STI down (and up) the Olympic bobsled run in St. Moritz. Along the way, the car took a few bumps and scrapes, but the driving was top-notch given the extremely tight course.

Jaguar Land Rover Ice Academy

Jaguar Land Rover Ice Academy

We flew to Arjeplog, Sweden to drive some of Jaguar and Land Rover’s awesome cars on challenging ice circuits, and spent the better part of a week going sideways and doing donuts. Attend for yourself, and you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

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