How Long Will I Be Stuck in This Airport? A Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who are trapped in one of the United States' many fine airports on this Thanksgiving Eve, you may find yourself wondering when the hell you're going to get out of here and on to your destination. Here's a quick forecast for your (eventual) departure. » 11/26/14 4:57pm 11/26/14 4:57pm

Lake Effect Snow: How Nature's Greatest Snow Machine Works

The above photo, taken from a plane above Buffalo yesterday by photographer Jeff Suhr, shows the brutal lake effect snow storm in effect over Western New York right now. Some areas are expecting up to six feet of snow by the end of the week. These snowstorms are among the most intense in the world, and the processes… » 11/19/14 8:28am 11/19/14 8:28am

The Artist Making Beautiful Snow Art With Simple Math and Footprints

You've probably seen Simon Beck's masterpieces floating around the internet. Up close it looks like an army's marched through the snow. But when you step back — way back — the texture turns into an extravagant design. Some look like snowflakes, some like elaborate fractals. They're all made with just a compass, Beck's… » 11/01/14 5:43pm 11/01/14 5:43pm

600 mountain bikers descend at once down 8,500-foot snow covered course

Watch GoPro footage of 600 lunatics on bikes descending at once down the Pic Blanc Glacier, France—it's all part of Megavalanche, an 18-mile endurance event, with an 8,500-foot descent over snow, ice and unsteady terrain. The event has run for nearly twenty years and attracts adrenaline junkies in their thousands. » 7/16/14 12:35am 7/16/14 12:35am

Avalanche smashes a skier in scary helmet cam 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. » 4/15/14 9:02pm 4/15/14 9:02pm

Russians build a snow plow out of a crappy car—and it works pretty well

Winter came and overstayed its welcome. At what point do we make like the Russians and turn our 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. » 2/28/14 11:55pm 2/28/14 11:55pm

Here's How All That Winter Road Salt Is Made

Road salt has been a point of contention lately, what with all this wintry weather. If you live in a snowy climate, you're probably used to seeing warehouses and dump trucks full of the stuff. But where does all that ice-melting goodness come from? National Geographic brings us this fascinating, oddly soothing video… » 2/20/14 6:00pm 2/20/14 6:00pm

A Recyclable Cardboard Snowboard That Redefines Shredding

Signal Snowboards has made a name for itself—at least outside of snowboarding circles—with its experiments using unorthodox materials to make decks. The company's glass snowboard was surprisingly resilient on the slopes, as is its latest creation which was actually made from recyclable corrugated cardboard. » 2/20/14 2:20pm 2/20/14 2:20pm

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… » 2/20/14 12:40pm 2/20/14 12:40pm