The World's Scariest Runways

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Nail-biting landings and harrowing takeoffs—buckle up when you fly into these airports.

Courchevel, France

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Who Flies There: Private aircraft

Why It’s Harrowing: Part of massive Les Trois Vallées ski resort in the French Alps, Courchevel’s airport is notorious for its super-short ski slope-esque runway (it’s just 1,722 feet), which is punctuated with a vertical mountainside drop. Ice and unpredictable winds are always a concern for pilots, who must meet rigorous training requirements before being able to land in this stunning winter wonderland.

The World's Scariest Runways

Courchevel, France

Who Flies There: Private aircraft

Why It’s Harrowing: Part of massive Les Trois Vallées ski resort in the French Alps, Courchevel’s airport is notorious for its super-short ski slope-esque runway (it’s just 1,722 feet), which is punctuated with a vertical mountainside drop. Ice and unpredictable winds are always a concern for pilots, who must meet rigorous training requirements before being able to land in this stunning winter wonderland.

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