The Highest Ski Resort Ever Built Is Now An Abandoned Snowless Wasteland

The Highest Ski Resort Ever Built Is Now An Abandoned Snowless Wasteland

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The Highest Ski Resort Ever Built Is Now An Abandoned Snowless Wasteland

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Chacaltaya, Bolivia was once home to the highest ski resort in the world. Today the site is nothing more than a deserted pile of rocks. The ski resort was located about 10 miles north of La Paz, Bolivia on an 18,000-year-old glacier that is now gone.

At 17,519 feet above sea level, the Chacaltaya Ski Resort was higher than the North Base Camp of Mount Everest. For decades it held the record as the world’s highest ski resort, and the resort’s restaurant is still recognized by Guinness as the highest restaurant in the world. – atlasobscura.com

Scientists at the Mount Chacaltaya Laboratory starting releasing some stark predictions for the fate of the glacier in the 1990s. The scientists projected that the Chacaltaya Glacier would be completely melted by 2015. They were wrong. By 2009, the 18,000-year-old glacier had completely melted.

The area still sees occasional snow, sometimes enough to ski. (2005)

Location of Chacaltaya, Bolivia

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