8 of the most innovative ways to travel on snow!

Published on February 19th, 2016 | by Jordan Kierans

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Ok. So we’re slightly biased towards Skiing & Snowboarding being the best ways to travel on snow. However you need to check out these badass alternatives!

Skibob

skibob

Manufacturer: Stalmach / Brenter
Type: Ride-on bike
Power: One human
Cost: From €1,200
Cool rating: 7

This contraption is basically a bike with skis instead of wheels – and it’s so popular there is now a world championship for riders.

The concept was invented in 1949 but only went global around 10 years ago. The rider uses two additional stubby skis strapped to his feet to help steer it down the slopes.

www.skibob.org

Ripsaw EV2

ripsaw

Manufacturer: Howe & Howe Technologies
Type: Dual tracked tank
Power: 600bhp
Cost: From €270,000
Cool rating: 10

Originally built for the military as a high-speed super tank, this machine has been converted for sale to high-end private punters.

The 3.5-tonne machine runs on a 6.6-litre diesel engine, has a zero degree turning circle and can climb gradients of 75 degrees. It tops out at 60mph and its rubber tracks give quick acceleration on any surface.

www.howeandhowe.com

TH!NK Frost

TH!NK Frost

Designer: Anders Gloslie
Type: Concept tracked sports car
Power: n/a
Cost: n/a
Cool rating: 10

Designed by a student for a Norwegian electric car company, this would be the ultimate sports car for St Tropez – if it were ever made.

Its asymmetrical bodywork mimics ice formations using ‘crevasses’ to hide lighting systems; wheels are replaced by radical triangular tracks; and an ‘information hose’ delivers live weather information to the driver.

www.diseno-art.com

Mountain Horse

mountain-horse

Manufacturer: Timbersled
Type: Tracked dirt bike
Power: Depends on dirt bike
Cost: From €4,850 plus dirt bike
Cool rating: 8

This kit turns a conventional dirt bike into a snow bike, giving motocross riders the opportunity to carve up the slopes at up to 65mph.

The brainchild of snowmobile modifier Allen Magnum, the bikes are lighter and easier to manoeuvre than a snowmobile. In five years, since going on sale, it has created a new sport with thousands of followers.

www.timbersled.com

Snowbird 6

snowbird-6

Manufacturer: Steve Brooks and Graham Stratford
Type: Archimedes screw vehicle
Power: Unknown
Cost: Unknown
Cool rating: 6

These rare screw-driven machines were first created by the 1960s Russian Space agency to recover Star City cosmonauts from frozen Siberia.

This version was used to cross the Bearing Sea in 2002. During the journey it had to float on water, climb onto icebergs, drive on solid ice and power through crushed ice. All at temperatures below -40 degrees.

Snow Crawler

snow-crawler

Designer: Michal Bonikowski, Mindsailors
Type: Concept snowmobile
Power: n/a
Cost: n/a
Cool rating: 8

Is this the future of the snowmobile? Stick on a cabin, put in an electric engine and turn the tracks triangular and you get something that looks like it’s straight off the new James Bond set.

A pure concept, this really should be made into reality.

www.mindsailors.design

Snow Glider

snow-glider

Manufacturer: Václav Zahrádka
Type: Fan-powered ski vehicle
Power: Depends on fan size
Cost: From €8,000
Cool rating: 8

Built by a father and son team from the Czech Republic, this lightweight vehicle can skim across the snow at 120km/h.

The pair are trying to create a sport around their unique concept and have trialled ski-towing as well as high-speed racing. Coming to a slope near you? Watch this space.

www.snowglider.vyrobce.cz/

Antarctic Snow Cruiser

antarctic-snow-cruiser

Manufacturer: Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago
Type: Fat wheeled crew transporter
Power: Not enough
Cost: $150,000 (in 1939)
Cool rating: 4

This 37-tonne 16.7m long monster machine is now lost in the Antarctic – potentially buried under ice or settled at the bottom of the ocean.

It was taken south in 1939 but its four 3-metre high treadless tyres, designed for crossing crevasses, lacked grip and the diesel-electric engine was underpowered. So it ended up as a static crew station.

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