A Magical Look Inside Utah’s Ice Castle, Captured by Photographer Sam Scholes

Like a mythical yeti’s cave or a home fit for the ice queen, this Ice Castle in Utah is something beautiful and mysterious to behold. Photographer Sam Scholes visited the hand built ice structure to capture it as the sun went down and the lights came on. Simply incredible.

These 2 Brave Souls Are Hiking From Canada to Mexico In The Snow

As if hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Canada to Mexico, weren’t challenging enough when the weather is nice, these two crazy cats are raising the bar and doing it in the Winter. Nobody has successfully completed this arduous task, although one couple did attempt it, with a tragic fate, in the 80’s. Shawn “Pepper” Forry and Justin “Trauma” Lichter started their traverse on October 20, 2014 and have already passed Lake Tahoe in northern California, but they still have a long way to go. They have already nearly worn out the metal on their snowshoes and will soon be switching to skis until they are out of the snow.

These Friends Built a Floating Mobile Sauna

When life finds you in the grips of the far north, the best way to put a smile on your face is with a warm sauna. The next step is to take a plunge into a cold body of water… but you don’t want to run too far. This group of friends from Joensuu, Finland has the right idea: they built an altogether awesome mobile sauna in the form of a boat – complete with hammocks for summer use, a top deck to jump off and style galore. If this is sailing, sign me up!

We Talk to Nick Pedersen About Ultima, His Fantastically Detailed Vision of the Future

Nick Pedersen has a vision of the future, and he’s revealing it to us through vast landscapes of a world after the “peak” of human civilization. His stunningly detailed works see humans in a not so distant time, surrounded by the ruins of society as we know it.

Here is a world filled with nuclear power plants long dormant; the rusting hulks of cruise ships that no longer sail; and even the remnant scribbles of street art no longer speaking. It’s not all bleak however – because despite the cold, nature has come back with abundance.

How Far We’ve Come: Pictures From the First Winter Olympics in 1924

As the thrill of the Winter Olympics sweeps the nations, it’s interesting to reflect on where we’ve come from… and it’s a surprisingly long way! The first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 in Chamonix France, featured just 250 athletes participating in 6 sports: skating, curling, ‘nordic skiing’, ‘bobsleigh’, ice hockey and a military patrol competition. While we’ve seen many new sports added to the games, what’s really striking about these images is the change in fashion… just check out those suit jackets in the speed skating competition! It’s a long way from the US’s ‘hobo chic’ snowboard jackets and Mexico’s mariachi ski suit!

Looking Back at the 90 Year Evolution of The Winter Olympics Poster

The XXII Winter Olympic games have just begun in Sochi, Russia. Since the first Winter games took place in 1924 there are many things that have evolved; from an increase in the amount of competing countries, to the variety of the sports included… and it’s all reflected in the style of the official Olympic posters announcing the event. The designs for the games have changed drastically through the years, mirroring the fashions and trends of the time.

What if the Winter Olympics Were Happening in New York City?

What if instead of heading for Russia this year, the Winter Olympics were going down in good old New York City? After losing the bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the New York Times has imagined what it would look like if the city hosted the snowy version of the games instead… right in downtown Manhattan. As it turns out, the games would probably command more resources than even the Big Apple could pull together.

The Radiating Beauty of Wheel Icicles

In the frigid lands of the great white north, when the temperatures are just the right kind of cold, strange things can happen on the roads. No, I’m not talking about sliding into giant snow drifts, or even driving on a frozen lake… I’m talking about the beautiful phenomenon of wheel icicles.

Beautiful Frozen Lighthouses on Lake Michigan

If there’s one place you don’t want to be standing in a storm, it’s right next to the frigid waters of Lake Michigan in winter. Then again, on the sunny day following the storm, it’s downright beautiful. Photographer Thomas Zakowski recently hit the shores of the massive lake with his camera, aimed at capturing the fantastic lighthouses that dot the shore. His images of the ice covered towers and their surrounding piers are simply stunning.

Instruments Made From Ice: The Hauntingly Beautiful Music of Terje Isungset

I was listening to a fascinating BBC Outlook broadcast last week, featuring interviews about Life in the Cold, when right in the middle, beautiful music began to play. What could make music cold? It was the work of Norwegian artist Terje Isungset, a pioneering musician who makes many of his instruments himself… out of ice. Since the early ‘80s he’s been experimenting with natural elements in the instruments he makes – like wood, stones, or metal – but it was only in 1999 that he began creating instruments entirely carved from ice.