winter

A Glowing LED-Lit Sled Keeps You On The Slopes All Night Long

It’s too bad that snow really only falls during the winter months when the days are so short. It means that if you lose track of time, you’ll find yourself careening down a snow and ice-covered hill on a sled in the dark of night, with no way to see what you’re about to crash into. Unless you bring a torch, or sled with this glowing downhill racer.


The Different Types Of Snowflake, Visualised

Snowflakes are endlessly fascinating and incredibly beautiful. But while they’re all (sort of) unique, they can be neatly divided into well-defined types of flake. This chart shows them all.


Clever Video Shows How A Snowflake Gets Formed

Video: Here’s a clever video that shows the “formation” of a snowflake. It’s actually footage of a snowflake melting, but it’s played in reverse, so it seems like we’re seeing the birth of a snowflake. But even though it uses that bit of trickery, it’s such a beautiful process to see. I wish we could see it in real life.


Skiing Through This Impossibly Narrow Ridge Is Insane

Video: Holy cow. I don’t know how professional skier Cody Townsend pulled off this insane ski line that saw him pretty much drop straight down and then through the most narrow of cracks while skiing insanely fast, but he did it. The English language is not equipped to express how unbelievably mind-blowingly awesome his ski run was.


Iced Fog Turns Forest Into Real Life Frozen Magic Kingdom

This weekend, a forest turned into a real life Frozen kingdom of ice in Hungary. It wasn’t the Snow Queen Elsa, but the rapidly sinking temperatures that caused the fog to suddenly freeze on a hill top, turning trees into strange surreal sculptures like the one above.


Beautiful Warming Huts Are Proof That Canada Does Winter Better Than Anyone

The average temperature in Winnipeg during the winter hovers around -12C — a number most of would consider cause for hunkering down for the season. In Canada, it’s cause for parties.


How To Make Alcoholic Ice Blocks: A Refreshingly Fun Way To Beat The Heat

Growing up, one of my best friends was a counsellor at a every summer. He and his fellow counsellors were looking for non-obvious ways to get their buzz on. Their solution was genius in its simplicity. What’s better in summer time than an ice block?


This Will Be The Warmest Puffy Parka Short Of Everest-Level Gear

At a Columbia Sportswear event in Denver earlier this month, the company gave a sneak-peek at what it’s claiming is the warmest puffy jacket on the planet that doesn’t make you look like a parade balloon. It probably still can’t compare to what’s needed to tackle an Everest ascent, but for the rest of us it could make the winter months feel like summer again.


The Arctic Is Such A Gorgeously Pure Wonderland

Video: Winter looks incredible, especially when you’re not in it. Australia is just coming into its Spring months so we can almost say goodbye to our jackets and wooly coats. It doesn’t mean that we have to stop gawking at beautiful Winter wonderlands, however.


Why Fire Hydrants Don't Freeze And Burst During Winter

The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins back to fire plugs. Water mains that transported fresh water in a city or town used to be made of hollowed out logs buried beneath the streets. Whenever there was a fire and firefighters needed water, they dug up the cobblestone street and drilled a hole into the wooden pipe. After they extinguished the fire, the firefighters put a plug in the hole — called a “fire plug” — before reburying the water main. The plug could then be removed and the same hole used if another fire occurred in the area, saving the drilling time.