How You'll Get Around in Style After the First Global Superwinter

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We're all worried about climate change, but few of us have really considered the cool new vehicles we'll get to use when the world become a snow-blanketed mess like in The Day After Tomorrow. Luckily, the Russians are all about getting through the 100-year winter in style. Here's a late-50s Victory aerosled design by Russian engineer I. Kamov. And it's not just crazy concept art - we've got the pictures to prove these babies are already hotrodding the frozen plains.

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According to Dark Roasted Blend, these vehicles were used for mail delivery in remote Siberian regions.

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And here's the ultimate mobile home for a lifetime of winter. This is the Russian Kharkovchanka, an all-terrain snow vehicle that could move at 40 kph and climb 30 degree inclines.

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As you can see from this cutaway shot, there was plenty of room inside: Even a nice four-seater table for long talks over hot kasha and yak butter.

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The Kharkovchanka were also the stylish vehicle of choice for Russian exploration in the Antarctic.

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And of course, you'll want a weaponized sled vehicle for fighting the mutants who evolve to withstand extreme cold. Here's one concept design for a deadly ski-doo.

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The Russians used these to battle the Nazis in 1942.

Hey, what was good enough for the old-school Soviets is good enough for me when the long winter comes. Especially if caviar and perogis are somehow involved.

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Inspiration and images from Dark Roasted Blend.

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Anekanta - spoon denier

For some reason, these air-sleds don't seem to have caught on in Canada. Too bad.