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(CNN) — Ski lifts, like skiers, come in all shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of technical merit, but only a few have the X factor. Whether it's a revolutionary design nerve-jangling ride or historic aura, some lifts offer more than just a fast track to the top of the mountain. It might even have more to do with the setting and the terrain they access than the cabled contraptions themselves. Here are 11 ski lifts that put the "X" into extreme, and give as good an experience going up as gravity does on the way down:. 1. AIGUILLE DU MIDI , CHAMONIX, FRANCE. Auguille du Midi promises high altitude panoramas. Grafted onto a thin rock spire towering over the historic mountain town of Chamon... Full story

18 January