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600 Mountain Bikers Descend At Once Down 2500m Snow-Covered Course

Video: Watch GoPro footage of 600 lunatics on bikes descending at once down the Pic Blanc Glacier, France — it’s all part of Megavalanche, an 30km endurance event, with an 2500m descent over snow, ice and unsteady terrain. The event has run for nearly 20 years and attracts adrenaline junkies in their thousands.


How To Make Your Very Own Urban Igloo

It’s freaking cold outside, and depending where you live, it might just be snowing. If you have lots of free time on your hands, and want to make something truly cool, why not go all-out and construct an urban igloo?


7 Essential Self-Heating Garments To Keep You Warm This Winter

Just because the weather outside is frightful, doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors huddled close to a delightful fire. There’s plenty of things to do in the winter that don’t involve shovels or shopping.


A Turntable Snowboard Brings The Party To The Slopes

The folks at Signal Snowboards like to experiment over the winter months with conceptual deck designs — sometimes they’re practical, and sometimes they’re downright crazy. And the company’s latest creation, a snowboard with a built-in turntable, probably falls into that latter category.


Avalanche Smashes A Skier In Scary Helmet Cam Video

Video: Luckily for Eric Hjorleifson, the avalanche that he started by going down a big mountain pillow line doesn’t fully consume him, leaving him relatively unscathed — he just “twisted his knee a bit.” You can hear the fear in his heavy breathing after the incident, though. I don’t blame him. It’s quite scary.


Celebrate The Coming Of Winter Killing Snowmen With Explosives In Slow-Mo

On the first day of spring, Grant “The King of Random” Thompson blew up a snowman to bits and filmed it in slow motion — 150 times slower than real life. It’s oddly satisfying.*


Someday, I Hope Humans Will Walk This Incredible Landscape

What an astonishing and strange place this is, this vast and fractal landscape on Mars. As Wired describes it, the rolling polar expanse seen above is actually “one of the smoothest, flattest places” on the not-so-Red Planet, a region so well-levelled and repetitive that “there are no landmarks visible”.


Russians Build A Snow Plow Out Of A Crappy Car - And It Works Pretty Well

Winter came and overstayed its welcome in the Northern Hemisphere. At what point do you make like these Russians and turn your tiny crappy cars into snow plow sleds? I say the next snow. Just hop on the hood of your car and make a friend drive you through and pummel it. Winter is stupid, this type of stupid fun makes it a little less so.


Whoa, Watch Bacteria Instantly Turn Water Into Ice

Believe it or not, making ice is more complicated than just making water really cold. One thing that helps is bacteria. Yes, bacteria! In this captivatingly magic video, it takes just a second for Pseudomonas syringae to turn a whole jar of water into ice.


Ice-Climbing Structures Are Mind-Blowing Experimental Architecture

The design and fabrication of artificial ice-climbing structures is an incredibly creative yet widely overlooked form of experimental architecture. The resulting constructions are often astonishing: ice-covered loops, ledges, branches and towers reminiscent of the playful 1960s experiments of Archigram, yet serving as some of the most spatially interesting athletic venues in all of today’s professional sports.


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