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Six Olympic Runs You Can Ski

Pretend you're the fastest skier in the world or just get down these world-famous runs.

1. Franz’s Downhill, Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Games: Vancouver, 2010

The gondola line over Franz's Downhill
The Gondy line over Franz’s DownhillPhoto Courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb / Mitch Winton / CoastMountainPhoto.com

Americans Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso took home gold and silver, respectively, on Franz’s at the 2010 games.

2. Men’s Downhill Run, Snowbasin, Utah

Games: Salt Lake City, 2002

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The Beer Can Gondola to access the start shack at Snowbasin.File Photo

The Men’s Downhill Run is one of Snowbasin’s sternest. Created for the 2002 Winter Games, it is accessed by a short beer can gondola, just outside of the John Paul Lodge.

3. Women’s Downhill, Squaw Valley, Calif.

Games: Squaw Valley, 1960

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Looker’s right of the Olympic Lady chair.

The course remains nearly unchanged since the 1960 games, and is considered the steepest run off Squaw’s challenging KT-22 peak.

4. Olympic Hommes, Chamrousse, France

Games: Grenoble, 1968

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It might look a bit different in Grenoble today.File Photo

Jean-Claude Killy kept the gold at home on the Olympic men’s downhill course, which descends almost 2,000 feet.

5. Cloudspin, Whiteface, N.Y.

Games: Lake Placid, 1980

Whiteface Mountain, NY
Cloudspin is just to the looker’s right of the center of this photo.Photo courtesy of Whiteface

The men’s Cloudspin course made a name for Eastern skiing during the 1980 games with its 2,700-foot vertical drop.

6. Le Face de Bellvard, Val d’Isère, France

Games: Albertville, 1992

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Tomba in action.File photo

Alberto Tomba braved the unusually steep course that runs just over 3,000 vertical feet to nab the gold medal.