Meanwhile in the Czech Republic: The Case of the Stolen Ski Lift

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 16, 2012 6:47 pm

We’ve all heard of kids sneaking off the slopes with resort signage, but reports coming in about the stolen ski lift in the Czech Republic have taken things to an entirely new level.

The Czech News Agency reports that the ski lift was taken from a resort in the northern town of Desna, which is a little over an hour away from Prague. The thieves took pretty much everything in sight. In all, they made off with the steel supporting structures, three pylons, the pulley and over one kilometer of cable! The materials are valued at $10,000, and are likely being sold off as scrap according to police.

While it is unscrupulous to steal anything, the loss of a chairlift that brought so much happiness to the Czech Republic’s skiers and snowboarders takes things to a new low!

It would be one thing if some Robin Hood-type character was relocating the lift operation to a utopian community of skiers and snowboarders living in harmony deep in the forest — but the sad reality is that lift is currently being mutilated in a grizzly eastern European chop shop.

Apparently, there are no witnesses to the crime and no leads for authorities to go on. Hopefully the tiny resort of Desna has a proper insurance plan to recoup the lost ski lift. Otherwise the resort will be forced to rely on the remaining two lifts to service their 200m of vertical.