Awesome Winter

Snowboarding a Snow Pump Track

Snowboarding a Snow Pump Track

Olympic champion snowboarder Pierre Vaultier takes us on a thrilling ride down a skinny snow pump track in the Alps. The man-made course is packed with moguls and jumps and is so narrow that the slightest wrong move lands him on the ground below.

F1 Car vs. Motorcycle Ice Driving

F1 Car vs. Motorcycle Ice Driving

Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen kicked off 2022 with an icy start. His first F1 drive of the year wasn’t on a regular track but on a snowy GP Ice Race circuit in a race car equipped with special studded tires and chased down speedway racer Franky Zorn on his motorcycle.

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Frost Playing Cards

Frost Playing Cards

Titas Zanders of RRW Studios created this modern and minimal deck of cards with a chilly winter theme. Limited to just 100 decks, each card features crisp shapes illustrated in gradients of ice blue, white, and grey. Printed on crushed linen with a smooth Air-Cushion finish by Cartamundi.

Assled Wearable Sled

Assled Wearable Sled

With all the snow this winter, it’s a great time for sledding. Don’t have a sled? Snowfeet’s Assled comes to the rescue by strapping a sled to your body. The foldable, aerodynamic snow sled lets you cruise downhill sitting, on your back, stomach, or knees, while you control stopping and turning with your heels.

Voormi Men’s Wolf Creek Parka

Voormi Men’s Wolf Creek Parka

Created for sub-zero conditions, the Wolf Creek Parka is the warmest, most rugged coat that Voormi has ever made. It’s built in the USA from a soft and cozy goose-down undercoat and the outfitter’s proprietary Surface Hardened Uc Dual-Layer Insulation, a thermal powerhouse for dry, reliable protection. Also available without fur.

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.

The First Snowman

The First Snowman

Making a snowman is a fun winter pastime. Still, there’s very little in common between a snow-man and a hu-man. Comedian Ryan George illustrates that point in his sketch about what must have been going through the mind of the first guy ever to build a snowman.

LEGO Winter Train Ride

LEGO Winter Train Ride

Half-Asleep Chris created this wonderful LEGO railroad which winds through a snowy winter scene. The indoor-outdoor ride takes the tiny train through a gingerbread village, an ice cave, a spinning storybook tunnel, and a giant snow globe made from a geodesic dome. The journey starts around the 7-minute mark.

Real Skifi: Winter Wonderland

Real Skifi: Winter Wonderland

Skiers Verneri Hannula, Ilkka Hannula, and Juho Kilkki headed to Finland’s Havumäki Ranch, where they found heaps of fluffy powder and shushed through acres of snow-capped evergreens. Real Skifi’s short film is equal parts ski film and dreamy winter postcard. Filmed by Janne Korpela and Anton Geier. Edited by Juho Kilkki.

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.

The Ultimate Ski Run

The Ultimate Ski Run

Freestyle skier Markus Eder takes us on a journey through powdery, icy, and downright daring downhill runs through various Alpine terrain. Watch Eder conquer steep slopes, slick surfaces, and ice caves while pulling awe-inspiring tricks. This epic ski film was captured by Innsbruck’s Legs of Steel over the course of two years.

Spray Snow Portraits

Spray Snow Portraits

Artist Scott Wilcock creates his freehand Snow Graffiti by spraying cans of fake snow onto windows. Watch as he creates a series of Halloween and horror-themed portraits, inspired by Edward Scissorhands, Hocus Pocus, and IT. Find more of Scott’s images on Instagram. The Mandalorian one is really incredible.

The Coldest City on Earth

The Coldest City on Earth

We’re based in Chicago, so we know a thing or two about cold winters. But we’ve never experienced anything like Yakutsk, Siberia, which has recorded a low temperature of -96°F (71°C). Discover With Cenet takes us on a trip to this frigid city, which is home to over 300,000 residents, and contends with some unique challenges due to the cold.

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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.

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.

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
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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.

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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.

Liftaloft Insulator Pullover

Liftaloft Insulator Pullover
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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.

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