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Ski security

post #1 of 25
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What is the best way to label your skis, so if they are stole, someone might id them and return them. Engraving?
post #2 of 25
Put a lable under the binding saying "If these skis are being remounted, they are stolen, call (215)555-1212" (or your number)
post #3 of 25
I know that it is not fool-proof, but I just write my name on the top of the skis with a magic marker. I also write my phone number but under where the boot goes. These can be removed by a determined thief, but figure it makes the skis much less attractive when in the ski racks.

I have found that a lot a missing skis at the resort actually end up being from a tourist taking the wrong skis by mistake. You would be suprised by the number of people who will take skis that look similar, even if a different brand, sometimes even an older cheaper model leaving their new more expensive model skis behind. If you have a model that local shops are renting frequently you really need to be careful. Writing your name on the skis can help prevent this kind of screw-up.

Best thing is to make sure you record all info that is on the skis: model, length, binding model, and serial number. If stolen this info would go on the report and greatly increase the chance of recovery.
post #4 of 25
Put an NRA sticker on each ski.
post #5 of 25

Cable Lock

Why not just use a cable lock? I've never lost a pair. However, I will agree that the ski areas are making it very difficult to use them by installing those tall metal racks with crossbars too high to reach with the cable.
post #6 of 25
Well, as long as you have some sort of deterence/lock on your skis, no one is going to steal them... I mean, it'd be much easier just to take the totally unlocked skis that people leave on the racks all the time.

Plus, when someone steals your skis, you should still look on the bright side. At least now you get to buy new ones!
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by jjdow
Why not just use a cable lock? I've never lost a pair. However, I will agree that the ski areas are making it very difficult to use them by installing those tall metal racks with crossbars too high to reach with the cable.
Yep. I hunt around for a spot on an end --- makes it somewhat easier to lock them up.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by skier_j
Yep. I hunt around for a spot on an end --- makes it somewhat easier to lock them up.
With those new high racks, even the end is too high, plus everyone with a lock goes for the end. There are holes drilled in the legs to string a heavy cable to lock onto, but I've only seen one rack that actually had that cable.
post #9 of 25
'Ski Security' ?
Just get a lock!!! :
post #10 of 25
Buy property slopeside. If that's beyond your means, there's always "skiing country-clubs" that come with a (usually heated) locker. I'm sure Stowe will have something to this effect when the Spruce project is finished.

In all seriousness, separating your skis with a buddy is enough 99% of the time.
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by carbonissimo
'Ski Security' ?
Just get a lock!!! :
What's so confusing? That's what I've been saying, but the problem is the resorts are not making it easy to use the locks. By installing tall metal racks without stringing the low cable, it's very difficult to attach the ski lock to the high cross bar.
post #12 of 25
so why not use the ski check/ paid/ free storege? If then your skis come up missing, the resort is now liable for them since you paid them to watch over them.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by tahoetr
so why not use the ski check/ paid/ free storege? If then your skis come up missing, the resort is now liable for them since you paid them to watch over them.
Why should I have to pay them to watch my skis when I could just use my cable lock? Not to mention having to stand in line twice when you need to take a leak.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by jjdow
What's so confusing? That's what I've been saying, but the problem is the resorts are not making it easy to use the locks. By installing tall metal racks without stringing the low cable, it's very difficult to attach the ski lock to the high cross bar.
I'm not sure what you mean. I just got a lock for my new skis, and I run the cable through the bindings and attach to the (high) rack, but I have to put the skis in the rack upside down, with the tips down. Will that work for you?
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by Woops
Put an NRA sticker on each ski.

I have used a magic marker to write my initials on my skis.
I think I need to get a cable lock, too.
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by jjdow
Why should I have to pay them to watch my skis when I could just use my cable lock? Not to mention having to stand in line twice when you need to take a leak.
Some resorts offer it free. And why do you need to go to the lodge to take a leak?
post #17 of 25
On the racks with high bars, I look for an old lock, one that looks like its been sitting there for a while. I string my lock through that.

That usually works, although one time I can back and the lock that was attached to nothing was gone, luckily my skis were still there.
post #18 of 25
Why are your skis off your feet in the first place?!?!

I have my name written in Sharpe on the top (along with R or L foot denomination). I also have a sticker (printed out of computer) with name, number, and address, covered by tape on each binding, incase they are lost someone knows who to return them to.
post #19 of 25
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by skidiver
Yup.. that's the one I use. The funny thing is that you can actually blow through this sky key thing with a pocket hand drill easily. It's mostly plastic and it would probably only take you 20-30 seconds to drill through it.

However... as I said before... I would guess a thief would rather take the skis that aren't locked at all.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by RISkier
I'm not sure what you mean. I just got a lock for my new skis, and I run the cable through the bindings and attach to the (high) rack, but I have to put the skis in the rack upside down, with the tips down. Will that work for you?
Thats what I do as well. Works fine for me.
post #22 of 25
Yea.. I has bothered me that ski areas don't make it easier to lock up skis...

What I have noticed is that ski racks are a lot of work for the ski area operators.

- These racks have to be moved all the time to make way for equipment and grooming.

- What really irks me is when I go in for a drink with friends after the lifts shut down and come back out to find that the rack with my skis has been moved by the lifties who want to get stuff cleared so they can go home. Grrrrr...

- I have seen racks that are two thirds buried in deep snow, so would have to be dug out and repositioned occasionally.

Worse are the various little eating joints that you want to duck into to eat or make a pit stop, that don't have lock up racks.

Frankly, I am amazed at all the skis that don't get stolen.
post #23 of 25
Ski locks that I've seen are easy to cut through with a pair of cutter. You might think its hard to do so in a busy area like a lodge, but its surprising what poor observers most people are.

I would rather pay the $2 (or free in some cases) for a ski check the couple of times a day I have to check back in.

As for taking a leak, where else do you suggest we do it? I'm talking about the majority of skiers who are not venturing off-piste but ski on heavily trafficked groomers.
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by jjdow
What's so confusing? That's what I've been saying, but the problem is the resorts are not making it easy to use the locks. By installing tall metal racks without stringing the low cable, it's very difficult to attach the ski lock to the high cross bar.
jjdow,
my comment was aimed @ SkiStarr90's original post. " so if they are stole".
post #25 of 25
>>>Plus, when someone steals your skis, you should still look on the bright side. At least now you get to buy new ones!<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Funny, but true too!
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