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World's Scariest Ski Slopes

Grand Couloir, Courchevel, France

The Ride: Just getting to the Alps’ most famous on-piste couloir requires serious cojones. Once off the Saulire Télépherique cable car, you’ll need to navigate a terrifyingly narrow, frequently icy 200-meter-long ridge, with steep, rocky drop-offs on either side—and that’s just the appetizer. Next comes a sharply pitched chute that even experts have been known to snowplow down, followed by a teeth-chattering bump field for dessert.

Insider Trivia: Though it’s less known and has an easy-to-miss entry, the adjacent Emilie Allias couloir is equally challenging.

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