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Road Rally to the Arctic

Road Rally to the Arctic

There are many legendary motorsports events in the world, but most are out of reach for the average person. To run the Baja 1000 or the Dakar rally requires a pro-level team. But there’s one event that can lay claim to the title of Most Extreme Driving Event, and pretty much anyone can do it. That event is the Alcan 5000 Rally.

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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Liftaloft Insulator Pullover

Liftaloft Insulator Pullover

Built for high-intensity outdoor action, Helly Hansen’s comfy, quilted pullover provides warmth with Primaloft insulation that doesn’t absorb water. The side zipper and lack of bulk make it easy to throw on over or under layers, and it’s stretchy enough to move with you unlike most windproof and water-resistant fabrics.

Redline Winter Drive 2020

Redline Winter Drive 2020

We headed to snowy Winter Park, Colorado with Rocky Mountain Redline to put AWD cars from Nissan, Dodge, FIAT, Acura, for some Honda through their paces for snowy autocross, drag racing, and donut-making fun. There were no winners or losers, just six great cars and crossovers, all of which can handle inclimate weather with aplomb.

Winter Adventuring with GMC

Winter Adventuring with GMC

Our hands behind the wheel of GMC’s confident and luxurious SUVs and trucks, we headed into the snowy mountains of Vail, Colorado. There, we explored some of the natural beauty, hit some awesome snowmobile trails, enjoyed a luxury ski resort, and dined on delicious local cuisine.

VOORMI Wolf Creek Parka

VOORMI Wolf Creek Parka

You’ll never be cold again if you wear VOORMI’s rugged Wolf Creek parka. Its multi-layer insulation has a 4-way woven wool, wool batting, and RDS Certified 750-fill goose down to keep cold weather out, while a water-repellant coating keeps you dry from snow and rain. Available with or without the soft coyote fur trim.

Winter in Japan in 8K

Winter in Japan in 8K

You don’t need an 8K display to enjoy the stunning white imagery captured by video production company Armadas around Japan’s Mt. Moriyoshi. The conditions there are ideal for covering trees with an snowy and icy mix that occurs when clouds and fog freeze onto their branches and leaves.

Zeppelin Ski Drop

Zeppelin Ski Drop

While helicopter skiing has become quite popular, this is the first time we’ve ever seen skiers dropped from a zeppelin. In this clip, adrenaline junkies Stefan Ager, Andreas Gumpenberger, and Fabian Lentsch each rappelled from a snow white blimp over the German Alps to kick off their run.

Why Winter Tires Matter

Why Winter Tires Matter

We recently spent a day with the fine folks from Michelin and TireRack.com to see why winter tires are critical in colder climates. Those all-seasons your car came are okay down to about 44º F, but below that, you’ll be much safer and better controlled with true winter tires.

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.

Nissan Winter Warrior Concepts

Nissan Winter Warrior Concepts

To combat this winter’s snowiest conditions, Nissan has kitted out a series of SUVs riding on 48-inch Dominator snow tracks instead of tires. The Winter Warrior Murano, Pathfinder, and Rogue can be seen at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, but not at dealerships any time soon.

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.

Regina’s Timeless Knits

Regina’s Timeless Knits

Are you a classy guy who wants to keep your hands toasty and your digits free to tap on your phone? Then head over to Regina Moran’s Etsy shop. We are as enamored of the high quality cashmere and silk she uses to hand craft her fingerless gloves and beanies as she is.

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How Not to Plow a Highway

How Not to Plow a Highway

Snow removal trucks are supposed to angle plows away from cars and oncoming traffic. But that’s not what happened here, as a driver who was on a perfectly clear stretch of road is suddenly blanketed in snow by an idiotic plow operator.

Winter Wingsuit

Winter Wingsuit

In this awesome footage from Epic TV’s new series A Straight Shot, pilot Dan Vicary flies over the powdery Swiss Alps, while tailed just eight feet behind by cameraman Brian Drake in his own squirrel suit.

Nike Sneakerboot Collection 2013

Nike Sneakerboot Collection 2013

A stylish and rugged collection of shoes which take the shape of some of Nike’s most popular sneaks, transforming them into boots ready to take on the worst winter can throw at them. Coming to Nike Stores 10/2013.

Extreme Winter Drifting

Extreme Winter Drifting

Check out the Porsche GT3RS and Mitsubishi Evo 9 versus a Yamaha R1 and WRF 450 in -25° Lapland, with speeds of 160 mph on ice on a replica of Le Castellet; winners tbd on 3/27. (Thanks Gile!)

Bobsled Freak Out

Bobsled Freak Out

We’ve never ridden on a bobsled, but it’s always looked fun to us. But this particular rider takes a trip on the La Plagne Olympic bobsled run, and experiences nothing less than sheer terror.

Yaktrax Walker

Yaktrax Walker

Quick Spikes for the green, YakTrax for snow and ice. This easy to wear traction device fits on most types of shoes. It’s made of an elastic material with hand-wound rust-resistant coils.

Beardski

Beardski

The other skiers will swoon and be jealous as you swoosh down the slopes in the Beardski, a fleece and neoprene ski mask offered with a variety of attached, foot long beards. (Thanks Ben!)

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Extremely Dangerous Tubing

Extremely Dangerous Tubing

We’ll start out by saying we think the guys doing this stunt are idiots. But that doesn’t make the visual of a guy tubing behind a car at highway speeds isn’t cool to watch. Never, ever try this.

Attack of La Niña (Teaser)

Attack of La Niña (Teaser)

Most of us dread the words “snowstorm” – extreme skiers live for seasons when the snow won’t end. Matchstick Productions shares the beauty of nature and drama of the sport in their new documentary.

Carbon Fiber Sled

Carbon Fiber Sled

Hublot’s luxurious and superfast Sledge utilizes carbon fiber for its handles, steel for the runners, hand-sewn leather for the seat and ash wood for stability. It puts our plastic crazy carpet to shame.

(Doggie) Grand Theft Sled

(Doggie) Grand Theft Sled

We’ve always wondered if the tables were turned, would the animals be wearing us as coats? We still don’t know the answer to that one but thanks to this video we know who would be riding our sleds.

150 Ft. Slinging Snowball Hurler

150 Ft. Slinging Snowball Hurler

Shaped like the xistera used in jai alai, Hammacher Schlemmer’s set of two snowball slingers provide an unexpected tactical advantage on the winter battlefield; they can hurl snowballs up to 150′.

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