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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.

World’s Smallest Snow Globe

World’s Smallest Snow Globe

Maker of miniature things HMS2 walks us through the painstaking process of crafting a snow globe that’s so small it could fit on the tip of your pinky finger. It’s got a tiny winter scene inside of it, and is filled with water and fake polyester snow.

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Audi Ice Climb

Audi Ice Climb

To demonstrate the tremendous amount of torque that electric motors can produce, Audi took a modified e-tron electric SUV to the steepest section of a famous downhill ski slope, and drove it UP the 85% gradient, icy hill. Note the belay rope was just for safety.

RST Convert Snowboard Snowshoe

RST Convert Snowboard Snowshoe
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Ross Snow Tech’s innovative snowboard binding converts into a snowshoe, so you can easily traverse deep snow when you hop off of your board. Features a 4-point mounting system, and tool-less conversion between cruise and climb modes. Drops Fall 2019.

Saltnets Snow & Ice Melting Mat

Saltnets Snow & Ice Melting Mat
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Take some of the frustrations out of shoveling this winter with this unique mat. Lay this mat down on your doorstep and it will actively – and naturally – melt any snow and ice that attempt to build up right outside your front door. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.

Snowfeet 2.0

Snowfeet 2.0
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Snowfeet are a compact hybrid of ice skates and skis. The updated version are made of reinforced fiberglass material and features metal ski edges for easy stopping, heel brakes to slow down, and has more adjustable bindings to fit more shoe sizes.

The Science of Snow Driving

The Science of Snow Driving

If you live somewhere that snow coats roads in the wintertime, you’ll want to check out Engineering Explained’s latest clip, as Jason walks us through the variables at work when driving on slippery surfaces, and provides some tips on how to maintain control on the snow.

RJ Anderson’s Visions: Snow Blind

RJ Anderson’s Visions: Snow Blind

Off-road racer RJ Anderson teamed up with snowboarder Torstein Horgmo to frolic about Lake Tahoe’s Donner Ranch Ski Resort, with UTV Underground’s modded 2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo-S tossing snow everywhere, and Torstein boarding perilously close to the UTV.

Tusk Snow Shovel

Tusk Snow Shovel
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Coming for winter 2018, the Tusk is a compact and versatile tool for getting rid of snow and ice from a variety of surfaces. It has an ice scraper, a retractable spade with cutting teeth, squeegee wings to safely remove ice from vehicles, and doubles as a safety reflector.

Fabiolous Escape 2

Fabiolous Escape 2

Austrian trial and mountain bike athlete Fabio Wibmer’s latest clip features a variety of thrilling stunts as he jumps from a helicopter, zooms down a snowy mountainside, jumps over rooftops, and gives the ski police the chase of their lifetimes.

Smart Fortwo Snownuts

Smart Fortwo Snownuts

The madmen at Shifted Interests swapped a 1000 cc engine from a Yamaha FZ1 motorcycle into a Smart Fortwo, substantially increasing its power and turning it into an angry little machine, perfect for making tiny powdered donuts – at least until they killed it.

DIY Propeller Sled

DIY Propeller Sled

After building himself an airplane, Peter Sripol decided to make himself something a little less ambitious, but just as fun – a tricked-out sled that can glide across the snow thanks to an airplane propeller on the back. It’s not exactly fast, but it lets him go sledding without a hill.

RC Truck with Snowblower

RC Truck with Snowblower

RCSparks Studio shows off an amazing remote-controlled vehicle, the Spyker KAT, a dual-treaded snow cat and dump truck which can be fitted with a working snowblower up front. Other than the electrical bits and hardware, the whole thing was 3D printed.

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How to Make a Perfect Snowball

How to Make a Perfect Snowball

Do you want to make a snowball? Don’t run outside and start packing the white stuff just yet. Popular Science provides a studied and intellectual method to determining the type of snow you should use for a snowball that holds together, but doesn’t maim its victim.

Snowfeet Mini Skis

Snowfeet Mini Skis
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Imagine downhill skiing, but without the hassle of carrying around long skis and poles. The video makes Snowfeet look like a blast, but we do wonder how easy it is to turn and stop with these things, and if they’d possibly be safe on anything more than the bunny hill or a Green.

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.

Snowpiercer IRL

Snowpiercer IRL

You’ve just trudged through a foot of snow to get to the train so you can head to work. But the blizzard is far from over. Nick Colvin captured this awesome slow-mo footage of a commuter train covering passengers with a deluge of the white stuff as it pulls into the station.

Literal Dog Sled

Literal Dog Sled

Truckee the labrador helps out people in distress as part of South Lake Tahoe’s Avalanche Rescue Dog Program. But when he’s not hard at work, he likes to slide down the slopes of Heavenly Mountain, occasionally chomping on the snow for a quick pupsicle.

Crescent Moon Foam Snowshoes

Crescent Moon Foam Snowshoes

Crescent Moon’s innovative snowshoe design does away with the stiff old stompers and replaces them with flexible foam soles and hard plastic cleats for grip on ice and snow. Their rocker shape makes walking and running more natural on the white stuff. Avail. Fall 2017.

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MotoGP Ski Run

MotoGP Ski Run

Equipped with deadly looking spikes on his tires (and balls of steel), MotoGP champ Marc Márquez managed to race his bike uphill on a snow and ice-covered ski slope on the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbühel, Austria.

Walkies in Croatia

Walkies in Croatia

We here in Chicago know what it’s like to walk dogs in the snow, but we can assure you it’s nothing like this winter wonderland that Ante Fabris captured as he took his husky for a walk around Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park. Damn, Mother Nature is awesome.

World’s Smallest Snowman

World’s Smallest Snowman

To show off their nanofabrication process, scientists at Western University used elecrton beam lithography to create this microscopic silica and platinum snowman that measures less than 3 microns tall. For comparison’s sake, a human hair is about 100 microns thick.

Ski Loop-de-loop

Ski Loop-de-loop

For the action sports documentary Supervention II, Freeskier Jesper Tjäder pulled off an epic trick in which he built up enough speed to grind a 360º rail that looped him upside down. It took him a few tries, but like most great feats, practice made perfect.

Hoverboard Snowplow

Hoverboard Snowplow

While we’d prefer to have a snowplow robot clear our driveway, this kid from Wisconsin came up with the next best thing as he shoveled out the recent snowfall with an added boost from his non-hovering hoverboard.

The First Snow 3

The First Snow 3

A truly insane man in Kodal, Norway demonstrates his love for winter by frolicking in the snow with nothing more than his boxers on, and a bottle of booze to warm his cockles. Hypothermia be damned.

Storm Glass Time-Lapse

Storm Glass Time-Lapse

A storm glass is a contraption which was invented in the 18th century as a (not very effective) weather forecast device. As NightHawkInLight demonstrates, when its crystal-growing action is sped up, it looks like a self-operating snow globe. DIY video here.

Lambos Love Glaciers

Lambos Love Glaciers

Freeskier and car enthusiast Jon Olsson outfitted his Lamborghini with studded tires and proceeded to drive it to the summit at Norway’s Fonna Glacier Ski Resort. It’s not the most practical way to traverse the snow and ice, but it might just be the most entertaining.

A Ferrari in the Snow

A Ferrari in the Snow

It’s a rare enough sight to lay eyes on a Ferrari F40, but to see one hooning about in the snow is something we never thought we’d witness. Driver Takeshi Kimura made some powder fly in an F40 at Japan’s Ryuoo Ski Park, with the help of some chains and tire studs.

A Snowball’s Chance in Hell

A Snowball’s Chance in Hell

General Electric engineers dropped a snowball into a vat of molten metal slag, yet it did not melt, thanks to the amazingly well insulated superalloy container they placed it inside of. These materials are designed to withstand the extreme heat produced by a jet engine.

Walking in an Indoor Wonderland

Walking in an Indoor Wonderland

After turning his living room into a ball pit, Roman Atwood is back to turn his house into a play place yet again. Only this time, he’s loaded his home with a mix of fake and real snow, which we’re guessing is a little more difficult to clean up than plastic balls. BTS here.

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