Highest Ski Trail in the World Has Melted

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 2, 2009 9:10 am

Times are a changing, and global warming is real. Like Kraft singles, with real milk. Bolivia’s Chacaltaya Glacier, once deemed the world’s highest ski run at 17,388 feet, has completely melted. Gonzo.

Most glaciers see some melting with the seasons, but they don’t completely disappear. When Chacaltaya was researched in 1999, scientists believed it would exist until at least 2015. The melting rate has nearly tripled over the last ten years, which let’s face it—is pretty shocking.

The glacier resort still has a tiny spot for skiing (at the bottom of the glacier) on particularly snowy days, but the run is short of 600 feet, so it’s unlikely to draw any more than the dedicated few

The Chacaltaya glacier was part of Bolivia’s Tuni Condoriri mountains, which feature other glaciers. However, the two largest of the system have also shrunk and researchers give them another 20 to 30 years at best. According to the scientists, greenhouse gas accumulation and rising temperatures are to blame for the apparent damage to the Andean glaciers. Better get that Prius before it’s too late.


photo: Andino Ski Club