The highest gondola in the world just opened yesterday, but don't expect powder turns or goggle tans. This gondola runs from the capital of La Paz to nearby El Anton, Bolivia, as part of an urban transit system meant to alleviate the congested work commute in this South American metropolis. Only the first portion of the gondola is currently open, taking passengers to 13,615 feet. Scheduled for completion in September, the urban lift system by the Austrian company Dopplemayr will span over 6 miles, transport 18,000 commuters per hour, operate 17 hours a day, and cost a whopping $234 million.
· Bolivia: World's highest cable car soars through Andes mountains [The Sydney Morning Herald]