Sunday, March 3, 2013

Courchevel International Airport

Courchevel, France

Getting to the iconic ski resort of Courchevel requires navigating the formidable Italian Alps before making a terrifying landing at Courchevel International Airport. The runway is about 1700 feet long, but the actual surprise is the massive hill toward the middle of the strip.

Why It is Matchless:
"You take off downhill & you land going uphill," Schreckengast says. They adds that the hill, which has an 18.5 percent grade, is so steep that tiny planes could probably gain momentum rolling down it with no engines to safely glide off the edge. Landing at Courchevel is obviously no simple task, so pilots are necessary to get certification before trying to conquer the risky runway.

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