Bánkút, one of the largest ski resorts in Hungary, has opened for winter despite the hefty damage to ski lifts caused by thieves back in October.

Bánkút's winter opening looked doubtful for a while after thieves stole metal cables belonging to ski lifts, causing HUF 2.5 million (£7562) worth of damage.

The Ski Club Bánkút appealed for public donations from local businesses. After raising the necessary funds, new materials were bought and they set to work repairing the damaged lifts.

The ski resort opened Saturday, Dec. 4 with 25cm of snow and two ski lifts; more lifts are expected to open soon.

Bánkút is located in Northern Hungary in the Bukk National Park, 32 kilometres from Miskloc. The resort is set at 900 metres altitude and has eight pistes served by 10 ski lifts (all surface lifts). It has a maximum vertical of 130 metres and one restaurant on the mountain. There are also has two cross-country ski trails - 3.5 kilometres and eight kilometres. Night skiing takes place Wednesday and Saturday.

The nearest airport to Bánkút is Budapest, approximately 130 kilometres away. The best way to reach the resort is to hire a car at the airport. Alternatively, take the train to Miskolc (30 kilometres from Bánkút) and from here ski buses go directly to Bánkút.

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