THE BEST Winter

Reindeer Cyclones

Reindeer Cyclones

Reindeer have been known to walk together in a circular formation in order to fend off predators and to protect their herd. This incredible aerial footage of hundreds of swirling deer was captured by filmmaker Andrei Golovnev on Russia’s Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle.

World’s Largest Ice Carousel

World’s Largest Ice Carousel

A few years back, the guys at the Beyond the Press channel created a small carousel on a frozen lake by cutting a circle in the ice. Now, they’re back with a super-sized version of the stunt, in which they helped make a 1000-foot diameter circle out of Finland’s lake Lappajärvi. The ice disc is estimated to weigh about 30,000 tons.

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Running an Airport in Antarctica

Running an Airport in Antarctica

Scientists needing to access Antarctica’s Troll Research Station used to have to travel by boat and on foot to access their outpost. These days, airplanes make the trip easier, but there’s nothing easy about the preparation needed to land a jumbo jet on a runway built on the slick blue ice of a glacier. Flightradar24 explains.

Ice and Magnets

Ice and Magnets

Magnet Tricks stepped out into the frigid cold of Finland to capture a series of compelling and unusual images created by freezing soap bubbles atop a magnetic levitation platform. Inspired by the idea, the guys at Magnetic Games then created their own version with a floating bubble inside another bubble.

Deep Freeze Car Wash

Deep Freeze Car Wash

After seeing an image of a vehicle that had car wash soap stuck to it in freezing temperatures, Garage 54 decided to try and replicate the effect. For their cold-weather experiment, they sprayed their Hummer with foam in the -40º deep freeze outside their shop, turning the SUV into a fuzzy pink nightmare.

Bullet Trains in the Snow

Bullet Trains in the Snow

You’d think that a bullet train whooshing by you at 200 mph might be jarring, but this video of Japan’s Shinkansen high-speed railway zooming by in the snow is oddly soothing. YouTube channel It’s railway! shared this compilation of footage captured on snowy days at the empty Kurikoma-Kōgen Station.

Dropping Snow Like Klax

Dropping Snow Like Klax

’80s kids might remember an Atari arcade game called Klax, a puzzle game where bricks dropped down the screen sort of like Tetris. Boing Boing’s Rob Beschizza thinks this house remembers the game too, as it satisfyingly drops snow off its roof in perfect brick-shaped pieces.

Salt-Spreading Drone

Salt-Spreading Drone

Covering sidewalks and driveways with salt in the wintertime can be a pain. Sure, there are salt spreading machines out there, but how many of them can fly? FliteTest created an over-engineered solution which uses a powerful drone to lift a hopper of salt into the air, then spits it onto the ground below.

Greys Outdoor Slipper Boots

Greys Outdoor Slipper Boots

Keep your feet toasty indoors or out with these comfy slipper boots. They’re made from a cozy wool blend and have a grippy rubber sole, so you don’t wipe out when you go outside to grab a package or walk your dog. A leather pull tab makes for easy on and off action, and a reinforced nose prevents stubbed toes.

Roof Snow Avalanche

Roof Snow Avalanche

This video wins the “wait for it” award of the month. After a number of attempts to nudge the massive pile of snow on this building’s roof, it seems as if it’s not going to budge. But patience pays off around the 55-second mark when the snow decides it’s had enough.

The Hermit

The Hermit

Zeppelin Zeerip’s offbeat short film owes more than a bit to the style of Wes Anderson, telling the story of a group of young men who head into the snowy mountains of Idaho in search of an elusive Hermit who escaped from an asylum. It’s an unexpected blend of winter sports action and quirky indie film tropes.

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.

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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.

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.

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