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Ski lift stolen
Saturday May 12, 2012 - Email this article to a friend

A complete lift has been dismantled and stolen from the Czech ski resort of Desna. It is unclear whether it has been taken for scrap or will be re-built elsewhere. It is thought to be the first time an entire lift has been stolen.

Police have confirmed to local media that the incident took place last month after the ski season had come to an end.

The whole lift was taken including the three supporting pylons and the 1km length of wire cable.

The total damage is estimated to be 200,000 crowns; that is about £6,500.

The police investigation has not so far found the culprit or culprits.

It is a small resort with just 3 lifts and goes from 760m to 960m.

There is floodlighting for night skiing on one of its blue slopes and there are several kilometres of cross-country skiing trails.

Quite how the lift was dismantled and then taken away without anyone noticing is unclear.

Here at PlanetSKI we have heard of parts of lifts being taken but never the entire structure.

The resort was built in 2006/07 with finance from the Regional Development Ministry of the Czech Republic and also a grant from the European Union.

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"It comprises four ski slopes serviced with a four-seat chair lift and two ski lifts, a car park, a service facility with a restaurant, a snack bar, accommodation, a ski school, a ski rental, a ski service and a water reservoir for artificial snowing. All ski slopes are artificially snowed with technical snow and regularly groomed with groomers," is how the resort of Desna describes itself on its web site.

If you want to know more about skiing in the Czech Republic then see this PlanetSKI feature that we published in 2011 from our correspondent in the country,  Filip Grygera. It covers all the main ski areas. 

Who knows, one of them may soon have a new lift. Wink

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**News Update** - According to one of our followers on Twittter the lift has been found - see where, here. Wink

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