The world's biggest lift-served verticals

7th March 2016 | Patrick Thorne

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From Chamonix's top lift, it's an ear-popping, vertigo-inducing climb to the top of the Aiguille du Midi before skiing the Vallee Blanche - ©Chamonix Tourist Office

From Chamonix's top lift, it's an ear-popping, vertigo-inducing climb to the top of the Aiguille du Midi before skiing the Vallee Blanche
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From Chamonix's top lift, it's an ear-popping, vertigo-inducing climb to the top of the Aiguille du Midi before skiing the Vallee Blanche - ©Chamonix Tourist Office
Roped and queuing to start Valle Blanche - ©Patrick Thorne

Roped and queuing to start Valle Blanche
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Roped and queuing to start Valle Blanche - ©Patrick Thorne
Carving through powder on Chamonix's  Vallée Blanche - ©SCOTT

Carving through powder on Chamonix's Vallée Blanche
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Carving through powder on Chamonix's  Vallée Blanche - ©SCOTT
Powder on the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix - ©Chamonix Tourist Office

Powder on the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix
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Powder on the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix - ©Chamonix Tourist Office
Chamonix’s cable car station, l’Aiguille du Midi, will experience improvements that should shorten wait times significantly. - ©Chamonix Tourism

Chamonix’s cable car station, l’Aiguille du Midi, will experience improvements that should shorten wait times significantly.
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Chamonix’s cable car station, l’Aiguille du Midi, will experience improvements that should shorten wait times significantly. - ©Chamonix Tourism
Walking down the ridge of the Aiguille du Midi at the start of the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix - ©Chamonix Tourism

Walking down the ridge of the Aiguille du Midi at the start of the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix
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Walking down the ridge of the Aiguille du Midi at the start of the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix - ©Chamonix Tourism
Skiing from the summit of Les Arcs in Paradiski area - ©Les Arcs Réservation

Skiing from the summit of Les Arcs in Paradiski area
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Skiing from the summit of Les Arcs in Paradiski area - ©Les Arcs Réservation
Patrick before the 'Arete' ascent in Chamonix - ©Patrick Thorne

Patrick before the 'Arete' ascent in Chamonix
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Patrick before the 'Arete' ascent in Chamonix - ©Patrick Thorne
Grands Montets, Chamonix - ©Chamonix Tourist Office

Grands Montets, Chamonix
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Grands Montets, Chamonix - ©Chamonix Tourist Office
At the start of Revelstoke's biggest vertical - ©Patrick Thorne

At the start of Revelstoke's biggest vertical
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At the start of Revelstoke's biggest vertical - ©Patrick Thorne
Patrick skiing North America's steepest vertical in Revelstoke - ©Patrick Thorne

Patrick skiing North America's steepest vertical in Revelstoke
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Patrick skiing North America's steepest vertical in Revelstoke - ©Patrick Thorne