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1. Franz’s Downhill, Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.
Games: Vancouver, 2010
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
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.
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3. Women’s Downhill, Squaw Valley, Calif.
Games: Squaw Valley, 1960
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
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
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
Alberto Tomba braved the unusually steep course that runs just over 3,000 vertical feet to nab the gold medal.