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Lockers vs. Car?

post #1 of 11
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What do people think of putting extra equipment in a locker vs. in the car? Just stuff like extra layers, snow boots, goggles, etc.

 

Also, what about locking skis to a rack vs. propping them against a wall vs. ski check?

Has anyone ever had their skis stolen?

post #2 of 11

Knock on wood - none of my skis have ever been stolen but I always lock them. I was at Mansfield Lodge at Stowe one day several years ago when about 10 pair had been stolen. I have also heard second hand reports of thefts from K 1 at Killington and at some smaller hills in PA. I know the retractable locks are not great but I figure I don't have be foolproof, just less a target then the unlocked skis around me. I also wrap the cable around my poles if I am using good ones.

 

In terms of locker vs. car for storage, I guess it depends on where you parked. I know I often take off/put on a layer and almost always change to clear goggles once it gets to be 330 or so, so i don't leave things in the car.

post #3 of 11

Is this an East Coast thing?  I have never heard of skis or snowboards being stolen here in CO.  Even when I was ski patrol.  I am sure it happens, I have not seen anyone lock their stuff up either.  I have routinely left my ski bag in the lodge with no issues either.  I dunno.

post #4 of 11

No.

2006 season:

 

 

Quote:
A spokesman for the Placer County Sheriff's office in North Lake Tahoe said there were between 100 and 150 reports of board and ski thefts this season, a significant number even if you discount those victims who chose not to bother filing a police report - estimated at three times as many as those who did

Snow Thieves Winning "Battle of the Boards" - For Now

By J.D. O'Connor
May 01, 2006   http://industryreport.mountainnews.com/2006/05/post_1.shtml

 

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post #5 of 11

At Northstar a few seasons ago I heard about some thefts from some instructors I had been hanging out with, but I've never actually bothered to lock my gear up.  As for a locker vs. the car, I just don't bother, everything I need for the day I carry with me.  That is the purpose of pockets!  A couple of power bars (or whatever your energy snack of choice is) is about all I need to get through a full day of skiing, assuming I have a good breakfast.  I generally don't change layers, I dress warm enough in the morning and live with it in the afternoon.  If I need to cool off my jacket, pants and helmet have vents I can open up. 

 

I guess it's probably not great to hoof it from the car to the resort in ski-boots, but I just live with it, I also tend to only use one ski for the day.

post #6 of 11
I couldn't go pee without locking up my skis. I have friends that have had skis and snowboards stolen in under a minute. Never liked lockers, unless it's a locker with my own lock. Still you need to go down, lock your gear up, go inside, sweat bullets, get your crap. Then go back to the top...so what 30min tops if it's a busy mountain. A vehicle is much easier, but still takes a ton of time which is spent going to the bottom, walking to the car through a big parking lot (sunshine village).

Solution, backpack.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by skierbri10 View Post

Is this an East Coast thing?  I have never heard of skis or snowboards being stolen here in CO.


It happens in Colorado too!   I believe it's more prevalent near urban areas. 

 

post #8 of 11

30+ years of skiing, never had anything stolen.

Have left my snow boots and boot bag at A-Basin/Breck many times sitting on top

of lockers as well as at other areas.

 

Like others, everything I need to ski comes with me.

 

I've left secondary skis in the car cause I was undecided on which pair to ski that morning.

post #9 of 11

Locker or car depends on where the car is parked.

I have a ski key lock for use with those special aluminum racks.

I hate leaving my skis unlocked out of my sight, even if it's just for 5 seconds as I go in the door to see them through the window.

Lock 'em or lose 'em.

post #10 of 11

I keep a locker at the local hill big enough for several pairs of skis.  They will steal anything that isn't nailed down.  I've seen some really old junk reported stolen whe I worked in a shop.  When I travel I lock my gear up too.  A small recoiling lock is much cheaper than a new pair of Wailer 112's.

 

...yes thefts happen everywhere.  I had poles stolen at Deer Valley about 15 years ago.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by trees View Post

30+ years of skiing, never had anything stolen.

Have left my snow boots and boot bag at A-Basin/Breck many times sitting on top

of lockers as well as at other areas.

 

Like others, everything I need to ski comes with me.

 

I've left secondary skis in the car cause I was undecided on which pair to ski that morning.



Yeah, Abasin, Monarch, Cooper, Winter Park, Beav, Vail, Keystone, Sunlight I have had my bag out in the lodge all day without a problem.

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