AT RISK: The Bolivian Andean Club
Founded back in 1939, the Bolivan Andean Club is the highest-altitude ski club in all of Latin American and one of the highest in the world — nearly 5,500 meters in the mountains.
But global warming is taking a toll on one of the least-known ski spots on the planet.
In recent years some 80 percent of the glacier on which the ski area is found has melted! Today, the main lodge is nearly bereft of snow. And the region’s sole remaining piste only provides a two minute swish down the slopes.
As a playground for the local elite, we suspect tackling this sporty issue is not on Bolivian President Evo Morales’ immediate to-do list. But this blatant result of rising global temperatures is awfully unfortunate, nonetheless.