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

What 12 inches of snow fall overnight looks like in 45 seconds

Is winter going to end anytime soon? Doesn't look like it. Here's GoPro footage capturing more than 12 inches of snow piling up over one night. It starts falling quickly and then slows down a little bit in the middle until it starts raging in the end. It's like you expect the snow to come to a stop but it keeps going… » 2/13/14 7:51pm 2/13/14 7:51pm

Our Efficient New Skyscrapers Are Raining Chunks of Ice Down On Us

On a particularly cold, sunny day recently, thousands of people arriving in Lower Manhattan were forced to reroute their commute—because huge slivers of ice were cracking off of the One World Trade Center and plunging hundreds of feet down onto the street. And the WTC isn't alone. » 2/13/14 3:20pm 2/13/14 3:20pm

An RC Snowplow Lets You Shovel Your Driveway From Your Living Room

This six-wheel-drive remote control robot snow plow is the best thing to happen to snowy mornings since able-bodied kids desperate for an allowance. Powered by six 24-volt 127RPM electric motors, its 52-inch wide blade can clear a sidewalk in one pass, and your driveway in no time, all from the comfort of inside your… » 2/10/14 11:20am 2/10/14 11:20am