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post #31 of 40
Locked up my skis this year with a Kryptonite lock but messed up the combination and couldn't open it. A guy from the ski tune/repair shop (where I had fortunately just been with my wife) came out to help me. It only took one swipe with a modest cable cutter and I was on my way. Moral: most locks only stop the casual thief looking for easy pickings. But at least it improves the odds.
post #32 of 40
I carry a backpack with lunch, storm goggles and the like. I have been thinking of carrying a bicycle cable lock for when I go in to lunch. I have used the lightweight locks for years-to stop the casual thief. Most important, I ski on 190's that are a few years old. Maybe I am naive, but I figure there isn't much interest in stealing long skis. Am I right? (BTW, I ski long because I like them, not to avoid theft). LewBob
post #33 of 40
Are "Ski Key" locks common around North America? They are in Western Canada, The lock looks like this:

They slide into a metal rack and you pull a metal bar across into the mechanism to lock skis in place. If you have wider skis, use the snowboard racks (but skis in sideways beside each other). Works well. Another plus to locking like this is moron gapers can't scrape up your gear by leaning their rental crap on it/doing the domino knock-over-everything-on-the-rack type stuff. This weekend at Lake Louise there wasn't any room left in the locking rack because people just put their stuff there unlocked so I removed some rental crap, the owners of said crap were right behind me and looked pretty pissed off, too bad mine was locked in place
post #34 of 40
yeah, those locks exist in some places. Though some eastern resorts gave them up last year for some reason.

Personally, my safe method includes a sandwich, some Gatorade and a pick-nick in the woods. Not a big fan of base lodges...
post #35 of 40
A few years ago I left my skis outside at the JH base area...went into the Mangy Moose..had too many beers....got in my truck and drove home. It didn't hit me until I was leaving to drive to the village the next morning. To my shock and amazement, they were still there....whew!
post #36 of 40
I skied Loveland this past weekend, my first time there (and loved it!). When we stopped for lunch, everyone left their skis lying on the ground in a 'parking lot.' I thought it was odd, but my family assured me no one would bother anything. Sure enough, when we came back, everything was as we left it. Very refreshing!
post #37 of 40
Well, that's the way it is at Sugarloaf, too... I hope your trust is not misconstrued as generosity.
post #38 of 40
I notice a lot of people have lost skis whiile eating lunch, which makes me wonder...

Are we talking lunch on a mountain (ski down, or a long walk...) or lunch at a base lodge (short walk to a waiting van)?

I always put my skis back in my car if I'm eating lunch and there isn't a ski check or some means of securing them. Unless I'm at some mountaintop station, in which case I've never worried about just chucking them into the snow. Is that a mistake?
post #39 of 40
You have to figure that for every super valuable pair of skis that are locked up, there are probably a half dozen of equal value just sitting there waiting to be yanked. I can't imagine any thief would even be bothered to screw with a lock unless it was made of tissue paper.

I think the craziest thing is when a mountain hosts a USSA race. During lunch or between runs when racers are generally in the lodge, the racks are covered with the most valuable skis in existence. Also, there will be about 20 pair of each racing model - so the odds of someone spotting a theif walking away with their skis is probably low.

This is unrelated, but be aware that acetone (nail polish remover) takes sharpie off almost any surface - skis especially.

I don't mean to sound like a thief - as I mentioned before I have had a ski stolen, it made me cry, and I wouldn't wish that misfortune on anyone. But why wouldn't smart thieves (oxymoron?) just cherry pick from events like races that draw a lot of valuable skis to an area....
post #40 of 40
gbubnis: That was my point in the "ski theft" thread. The do lurk and hit the racks during the races. After a year or two of having skis ripped at that race (Montage Mountain PA), they went after my locked skis and did a lot of cosmetic damage. I guess after three bad years most of the parents were vigilant enough to enforce having junior lock em' this year.

The kids run in after their run to check the board and the last thing on their mind is locking the skis.
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