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. » 4/18/14 9:20am Friday 9:20am

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 as … » 2/20/14 12:40pm 2/20/14 12:40pm

The Great and Secret Salt Heist That Saved the Sochi Olympics

Believe it or not, salt is an incredibly important tool when you're trying to keep a ski mountain running during a warm spell. Unfortunately, the organizers of the Sochi Games did not believe this fact, and late last week, that oversight almost ruined the Olympics. » 2/17/14 11:20am 2/17/14 11:20am

Portlandia, Measles, Frank Gehry: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

All those fake feminist bookstores are spelling trouble for Portland's real feminist bookstores, infectious diseases are threatening our public transit riders, and Frank Gehry keeps puking Fruit Loops all over our cultural institutions. It's all this week in What's Ruining Our Cities! » 2/14/14 6:30pm 2/14/14 6:30pm

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

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

Awesome dad builds giant luge track in his backyard for his family

When life gives you snow, don't just make a snowman. Make a giant luge track in your backyard for the whole family! A Dad in Minnesota does that every year to have some fun with winter and the track is pretty impressive with great slopes, windy turns and expertly designed snowbanks. Just look at his whole family slide… » 2/06/14 8:30pm 2/06/14 8:30pm