architecture
This Ski Lodge Has Been Extr-Audi-narily Revamped

The Obergurg-Hochgurgl ski area, in the Austrian Alps, is full of lodges just like this: charmingly worn and oh-so-cozy. But as part of a recent promotion, Audi and the ski resort commissioned Designliga, a Munich interior design firm, to transform a rustic ski lodge into a futuristic design object. Read More >>

safety
There's an Airbag Hidden Inside This Lightweight Ski Jersey

Dainese has been developing a wearable airbag system that the company hopes will help save skiers from broken bones and injuries after a wipeout on the slopes. And somehow, it's managed to fit all of the hardware into a jersey that doesn't look like it adds much bulk or weight to a skier's outfit. Because after all, safety gear doesn't work if you don't want to wear it. Read More >>

olympics
Subtle Snowy Camo Pattern Helps US Skiers Cheat Their Way Down Bumpy Moguls Runs

We've already seen (or haven't) the nearly invisible waterproof zippers that Columbia introduced on its sportswear designed for various Olympians competing at Sochi. But the uniforms designed specifically for the US moguls ski team have another hard-to-spot feature that could let them cheat give them a small advantage in competition. Read More >>

olympics
The Most Unusual Sports in Winter Olympics History

Everybody gets the gist of the Winter Olympics. Skiing, hockey, figure skating, various sled races—we're all familiar with the classics. But did you know that dogs once competed in the Winter Olympics? Have you heard of the sport that's a cross between hockey and soccer? Read More >>

sports
Wind Tunnel Testing Pushes Sochi Skiers Slope Skills

General Motors' wind tunnels aren't only used to test the aerodynamics of the carmaker's latest vehicles. Here we see a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team working to improve his tuck position so he's as streamlined as possible as he streaks down a mountain. [FastLane] Read More >>

cars
Sidewall Skiing the Hot New Thing With Saudi Arabia's Bored Youth

You know how the heat drives you mad? Makes you all itchy and impulsive? That's the only explanation for the trend known as sidewall skiing, which sees bored youths flipping their vehicles onto two wheels then standing on the sides. Read More >>

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Watch This Renegade Phone Pull Off Its Own Aerobatic Stunts at the X Games

We've all broken our share of phones, and generally the only day-to-day danger they face is a three or four foot fall, or maybe the odd puddle of water. Norwegian X-Games competitor PK Hunder's phone had a bit more to deal with when he lost it in mid-air, half-way through a 720 during a practice run. Read More >>

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What It's Like To Go Off the World's Largest Ski Jump

You probably don't have the balls to go ski jumping. If you do, congratulations; I hope you're reading this in flight. For the rest of us, this video is a great (read: less scary) way to get just the smallest slice of that action. A piece you can safely chew and swallow. Read More >>

wish you were here
The World's Biggest Indoor Ski Park Will Set a New Precedent For Overkill

At over 240,000 square feet Ski Dubai is currently the largest indoor skiing facility in the world. But a Danish architectural firm believes that record should belong to Denmark, and so has designed and proposed an indoor ski facility for the city of Randers that will safely snatch the title of world's biggest from Dubai. Read More >>

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Night Skiing with Light Suits Is Like Being in Tron for the Winter

Inspired by night surfers wearing LEDs, Switchback Entertainment made this video for Salomon Freeski TV showing skiers wearing their own light suits. Strapped with EL-wire on their bodies, the skiers slalom down the powder covered mountain like it's The Grid. Awesome. Read More >>

sports
Skier's Airbag Backpack Saves Her Life

Professional skier Elyse Saugstad was caught in an avalanche while out and about in the Stevens Pass resort in the north-east mountains of the US. Three of her friends died, but Saugstad made it through thanks to her portable airbag. Read More >>

sports
Hybrid Snowshoes Let You Climb a Mountain and Ski Back Down

Mountain climbing is one sport that's all about the gear, and with a set of Hive's transforming snow shoes strapped to your feet, you'll be ready to beat a hasty retreat should your climb be cut short by an avalanche. Read More >>

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The First Ever Seated Ski Back Flip

When Josh Dueck broke his back in 2004 during a skiing accident, few people thought he'd ski again. He defied expectations, though, and began using a Sit Ski — a mono-ski contraption used by paraplegics — to cruise down the slopes. That wasn't enough though, so he decided he had to attempt something a little more crazy: the first seated ski back flip. Read More >>

sports
Bone Conducting Ski Goggles: Say It With Your Skull

Microphones can't discriminate what they hear, which can lead to noisy conversations if you're careening down a snowy hill. But by picking up the vibrations in your skull while you talk, Buhel's new SpeakGoggle G33s promise to clearly decipher every word. Read More >>

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