How To Gain Traction When You're Running or Walking On Snow And Ice

Accidental falls kill 30,208 Americans each year. That's only 3,000 less than car accidents. And the technology exists to utterly eliminate poor-traction in even the worst winter conditions. You can either add it (affordably!) to your existing boots or shoes or buy a dedicated pair and it'll help whether you're just… » 3/16/15 5:39pm 3/16/15 5:39pm

My First Time On The Slopes In 16 Years, I Skied The Backcountry 

I haven't been skiing since the late '90s. So, for my first time back, a trip out of bounds through the backcountry outside Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was a safe, practical thing to do, right? » 3/13/15 4:53pm 3/13/15 4:53pm

How To Survive An Avalanche

Want to have fun in the snow outside a ski resort? Then avalanches are going to be a huge risk. 35 people were killed by them in the US last winter alone. But, with a little preparation, a few gadgets and some basic knowhow, they can be survivable. » 3/13/15 12:21pm 3/13/15 12:21pm

What It Looks Like To Receive A World-Record Snow Dump 

Capracotta, a charming town in Italy's heartland, received a barely-believable 8 feet of snow over the course of 18 hours yesterday. That's possibly a world record for snowfall, and unsurprisingly, it's brought life in the town to a grinding halt. » 3/11/15 11:00pm 3/11/15 11:00pm

I Climbed The Windiest Mountain In The World, In Winter

The windiest mountain in the world isn't in some far flung place, it's in New Hampshire. Mt Washington's winds can top 200mph and its temperatures fall as low as -47F. During one of the coldest Februarys on record, we decided to climb it, along with the six other peaks that make up the Presidentials. » 3/04/15 1:30pm 3/04/15 1:30pm

Recreate Your Favorite Calvin and Hobbes Comics With Tiny Snowman Molds

In the comics world, a little kid like Calvin can churn out a small army of miniature snowmen in a single afternoon. In reality, it takes a lot longer, and you'll end up with a pair of freezing soaking wet gloves well before you're finished. But if you have access to a 3D printer, you can make the process of building… » 2/24/15 5:49pm 2/24/15 5:49pm

Drone footage reveals the alien world that is a frozen Niagara Falls 

Pick your pop culture reference—the Fortress of Solitude or Hoth—and brush the mountains in cotton candy white and add water raging underneath the frozen sheets and you get a little bit close to what Niagara Falls looks like right now. NBC News has footage of the frozen Niagara Falls and it looks like another planet. » 2/21/15 12:14am 2/21/15 12:14am

Why Snow Isn't Always White

Over at JSTOR Daily, Matthew Wills has an interesting read on all the different ways snow can be colors other than white. You might think that there's only one reason for off-color snow — one that doesn't take a lot of scientific effort to identify — but there are many biological and physical causes for frozen water… » 2/12/15 11:00pm 2/12/15 11:00pm

Reinforced Runners Ensure This Inflatable Sled Can Survive Icy Terrain

The same inflatable tube you use to lazily drift on the lake in the summertime works just as well on a snow-covered hill in the winter—until you hit a patch of rough icy terrain. Then the odds of it getting punctured are all but guaranteed. So the makers of the Airboard, a more purpose-built inflatable sled, have… » 2/09/15 5:00pm 2/09/15 5:00pm

Oh Great, The Robots Can Ski Now

Up until today, my plan for the robot takeover had been to flee to northern Canada, where deep snow and grizzly bears would keep me safe from Skynet. But not any more, because some smartass decided to teach the droids to ski. Great work, guys. » 2/07/15 3:00pm 2/07/15 3:00pm

Seeing an avalanche form right before your eyes is absolutely terrifying

The ground just starts cracking right in front of the snowboarder. I mean, what do you even do when the ground fractures and the snow murmurs and life glitches like that? What do you do when you have two seconds to realize you're screwed and to come up with a plan to unscrew yourself? You can't do anything, really. » 2/05/15 10:30pm 2/05/15 10:30pm

The Many Haunting Forms of Snow and Ice 

In light of today's not-so-historic New York snowstorm, many of us have been left pondering the true nature of the white menace. Luckily, there are photographers like Paula McCartney who has made it her personal endeavor to reveal the many beautiful forms of snow and ice. » 1/27/15 10:30am 1/27/15 10:30am

Judge the Depth of Snow By Looking at Passing Dogs 

Overnight, three feet of snow is set to blanket the east coast. Or, if you don't have a tape measure to gauge the fall, approximately one dog's worth. » 1/27/15 5:00am 1/27/15 5:00am

​How To Build A Snow Shelter

Want something fun and productive to do during this whole giant blizzard thing? Why not learn how to build a snow shelter? It could save your life one day but, more importantly, they're just a ton of fun to make. Here's how.
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How to Drive on Snow and Ice

There's an awful lot of bad information floating around about driving in winter weather. In fact, you're probably doing it wrong. Yes, even if you're from New Hampshire. Here's how to drive on snow or ice without crashing your car or wasting money on unnecessary stuff. » 1/26/15 10:54am 1/26/15 10:54am

Meet an Icicle Farmer 

To most of us, icicles grow naturally, usually off the roofs of poorly insulated houses. But at Utah-based Ice Castles, man-made icicle farms are growing 15,000 icicles a day. ow else do you think giant ice palaces get built? Welcome to the world of icicle farming. » 1/22/15 12:40pm 1/22/15 12:40pm

Why Snow Is White Even Though Snowflakes Are Clear

When you look at pictures of individual snowflakes, the snowflakes are clear. So why is snow white and not clear? » 1/22/15 7:56am 1/22/15 7:56am

18 Snowy Photographs That Will Make You Love Winter Again

The holidays are over, and we're left dealing with the chilling hangover of Christmas-less winter. Luckily, we have these 16 photos you took of snow, too! » 1/13/15 2:00pm 1/13/15 2:00pm

Shooting Challenge: Snowy Scenes

The holidays are over, and we're left with nothing to look forward to but a few more months of bitter cold weather. Oh, and snow! Lots of snow! So let's take photos of snow! » 1/07/15 5:47pm 1/07/15 5:47pm