Modern European ski resorts offer some of the slickest, smoothest lift systems on the planet, with heated seats, removable weather hoods and magic carpet conveyor belts to ease you onwards and upwards.
So how did these knee-knocking terrors slip through the net?
AIGUILLE DU MIDI, CHAMONIX, FRANCE
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Grenoble
THE LOWDOWN: Take a look at that top station, perched precariously at a height of 3,842m, and ask yourself just how the French put up this beast of a lift system (pictured above) back in the 1950s.
VALLUGA II, ST ANTON, AUSTRIA
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Friedrichshafen
THE LOWDOWN: You must be accompanied by a guide before you’re even allowed on this lift. That’s how scary it is. Serious stuff.
FALORIA, CORTINA, ITALY
CLOSEST AIRPORT: Venice (Treviso)
THE LOWDOWN: An impossibly sustained vertical rise in a rickety cabin built when fur was a legitimate fashion item? No thanks, this one’s pretty frightening!