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Parasledding

It takes a wonderfully twisted mind to combine snowmobiling and parachutes.

Anybody’s who’s been snowmobiling long enough has thought of ways to make things a little more exciting once in a while. One thing we never considered was attaching a parachute to your sled and seeing what happens. British Columbia’s Eric Oddy did just that and managed to create a new sport – parasledding.

If not for the attached video, we would have questioned whether this was even possible. Alas, the camera doesn’t lie. We’re not sure we’d have the stones to try and pull something like this off, but we’re sure glad somebody did. So who’s next?

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The Canadian military wants to make stealth snowmobiling something more than sneaking out of the house for a day of riding without the wife noticing.

According to a report on CTV.ca, Canada’s Department of Defence wants to build a new snowmobile for use in the country’s Arctic. A public tender has been posted for a hybrid-electric snowmobile and $550,000 has been secured for building a prototype.

The stealth snowmobile will be used for covert operations and the Department of Defence has made it clear that silence is a top priority.

“The noise level of an internal combustion engine cannot be reduced to an acceptable level for missions where covertness may be required, especially given the increased propagation of sound in cold, dry, Arctic air,” reads the tender. “Electric snowmobiles are a potential solution to this problem, eliminating the internal combustion engine and using a much quieter electric motor to drive the track system.”

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Concept vehicles are always kind of fun. Sure, the mast majority will never reach production, but it’s interesting to see what designers can come up with.

We recently came across a unique hydrogen-powered model that uses electric motors that was designed by Jessica Covi, an industrial design student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Dubbed Nanuq, this unit features a hydrogen fuel cell system that provides power to a battery pack and electric engines. This concept is wider in the rear than a traditional snowmobile and features two narrow tracks rather than a single wide one. Other features on the Nanuq include side-view cameras, GPS navigation, airbag, rollbar and seatbelt harness.

So what do you think of the Nanuq? How far away are we from a snowmobile not powered by traditional fuel sources?

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You see a lot of cool cars when you go to an event like the Woodward Dream Cruise, but what you don’t see much of are snowmobiles cruising down the road in August alongside classic Detroit muscle.

One industrious gentlemen was spotted riding a Ski-Doo converted into a three-wheeler by the folks at Jalopnik. We’re not sure if he was inspired by the somewhat similar looking Can-Am Spyder (perhaps the folks at BRP were inspired by him?), but either way it’s a damn cool thing to do.

If you want to stand out at a classic car event, a three-wheeled snowmobile is not a bad way to go.

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We know its August and you’re probably pining for the snow to start falling so you can get out and ride again. Well, that’s not going to happen for a while, so how about you just relax and watch somebody else play in the snow.

What we’ve got here, however, isn’t your typical snowmobile video. In fact, there is not really a snowmobile anywhere to be seen. What we do have is a Subaru Impreza WRX STI outfitted with snowmobile-like tracks and tearing up the snow like few vehicles could.

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