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!