The Alpauris Lift at Alpe d’Huez, France has developed an affectionate nickname over the last 30 years.
It’s known by many as ‘The Scare Chair’.
It ferries skiers through a tunnel, down a steep ravine, and back up the other side during its roughly 5.5 minute ride time.
The chairlift is a high-speed detachable quad that was built by Poma in 1988.
The video below shows a first-person POV of what riding ‘The Scare Chair’ is like.
Enjoy as Michael Jackson’s Thriller plays in the background:
Video uploaded to YouTube by SeeAlpedHuez – Alpe d’Huez Resort Guide & Bookings.
According to SkiResort.info, ‘The Scare Chair’ is 4,714 ft. long, and has a net vertical rise of about 853 ft.
The chair is used as two-way transportation for skiers to travel between the Alpe d’Huez village and Signal de l’Homme.
You can see it on the trail map below:
Gotta love the French and their passion for skiing.
They’re willing to build a nearly one-mile long chairlift that goes through a tunnel, down a steep ravine, and back up the other side just for skiing.
What’s the scariest chairlift you’ve ever ridden?