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Awesome Snow

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Sled Legs

Sled Legs

Why carry a sled to with you to the hill, when you can just wear one on your legs? Sled Legs let you slide down the slopes without a bulky sled. They’re made from a hard-formed ABS shell, with thick and comfortable padding for your knees and shins.

Miata Ice Drifting

Miata Ice Drifting

Mazda sent us to Colorado to test their latest all-wheel drive tech (and we’ll cover that on 95octane soon enough.) But they also gave us a special treat – time behind the wheel of new MX-5s shod in Bridgestone Blizzak tires, then set us loose on the ice and snow.

Centriphone

Centriphone

Skier Nicolas Vuignier performed a cool visual experiment that resulted in an awe-inspiring 360º surround view of himself as he swung his iPhone around using a tether. Combined with slow-motion, he created a sort of Matrix bullet-time effect on the slopes. (Thanks Adam!)

Snowball Machine Gun

Snowball Machine Gun

YouTuber Mark Rober and his brother created a rapid-fire snowball gun using a landscaping leaf blower and a few ABS pipes. Its magazines can hold up to 15 snowballs, all of which the gun can unload within a second. Instructions here.

Happy Panda

Happy Panda

While much of the East Coast was paralyzed by the recent blizzard, Tian Tian the panda was thrilled with the snow. But he wasn’t the only one. Jeffrey Perez of Millersville, Maryland was just as happy to frolic in the fluffy stuff.

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