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Purloined Pocket Rockets

post #1 of 14
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My beautiiful blue Pocket Rockets were stolen Monday afternoon at the base of Sugarloaf. I would've thought that sort of thing didn't happen much in Maine, but, I was wrong.

Fortunately I have another pair of skis with me. Unfortunately I loved the PR's and they were set up with AT bindings which I was planning on using later this week to ski Big Jay. Not good!

I reported it to the police, but, as you know, the chances of getting them back are next to nothing.

Insult to injury - Monday was my 50th birthday.
post #2 of 14
belated birthday greetings, crank.

...it wasn't me.

Hope you get them back, or manage to get AT bindings on the new ones PDQ.
post #3 of 14
Sorry to hear that, That's not a good way yo start the next 50
Start checking eBay for used PR with an AT rig.
Last year a guy skiing at Park City had his skis stolen. He went on eBay and saw his skis for sale. The Police set up a sting and nabbed the thief with more then 20 hot skis. You never Know you may get lucky.
post #4 of 14
Crank, really sorry to hear about the theft. You know, I have lived in Maine pretty much all my 50 years and have been skiing here most of it. And I learned to ski at Sunday River and spent all my high school years at the Loaf. While I never heard of equipment thefts, I am sure it happened even when there weren't so many people "from away." Despite superior skiing at those flagship mountains, I now tend to avoid those places and gravitate to more local areas, like Saddleback, Squaw, Big Rock, Shawnee Peak or Le Massif in Quebec. We can let our kids go on their own, and leave our gear unlocked or piled in the lodge without fear that it will be lifted. If you want to experience what the culture at Sugarloaf/Sunday River used to be like, check out these areas. I was talking to a ski patrol who spent ten years at Sugarloaf. When she had to break up fist fights in the lodge, she moved on. To a certain extent, these large areas develop their own culture which may be quite at odds and in direct conflict with the sentment of surrounding area. Remember, ASC promotes its area as "Sugarloaf, USA," not "Sugarloaf, Maine." I guess that is the sad price of "success," and seems a damn shame to me. Hope your boards find their way home
post #5 of 14
I hope the karmic gods reward you with a surprise lottery win and the thief with broken ankles.
post #6 of 14
theft, sadly, happens everywhere. I once had a pair of skis stolen by a teammate. apparently he couldn't handle my times.

Usually, theft is a spur-of-the-moment thing... they see it, then take it.

I'm one of those lame guys who leaves his skis laying on the ground, like I just ran inside for a second, with my poles stuck in the ground next to them. Seems to work thus-far.

Happy birthday, may you be blessed with new skis.
post #7 of 14
Two things to consider to reduce theft of skis:

1) Record your serial numbers. Chance of getting skis back without having your serial numbers about nil. Heard of police selling skis at auction where they had people saying "those are my skis!!". No serial number, to get'm backy.

2) Take a Sharpe and write your name on your skis. I put my phone number one them too. Given the choice of two pairs of skis, one marked with a name and one without, a thief will always take the unmarked pair.
post #8 of 14
On a very windy and cold day at A-Basin, while getting warm in the lodge, my then GF & I went out for another few runs, only to find that one of hers and I of my skis were gone for good. The practice then was to separate individual skis. We paired unmatched skis and placed them in separate racks.

What were they thinking.....or smoking? Down two pairs in one swoop. :
post #9 of 14
As Rico Billy used to say before his untimely demise, "Love everyone, trust few."
post #10 of 14
Originally Posted by Utah49 View Post
Start checking eBay for used PR with an AT rig.
And Craigslist.

Oh and happy Birthday.
post #11 of 14
I grew up in Maine. Up untill last season, we would always leave our bags right in the lodge. I started locking up or wearing my pack, as TNF gear seems likely to grow legs. We always left our skis unlocked outside.
However, as soon as I got a pair that was worth a lot ( even if it was just to me) I bought a lock and used it religously. I bought better skis, so I bought a better lock.

This day and age, I really don't understand why anyone would leave something of value, whether sentimental or monetary, unlocked. What's the most expensive ski lock cost, $50? Seems pretty cheep to protect something that probably cost upwards of $1000.

This being said, whish you luck in recovering the skis.
post #12 of 14
How 'bout a ski lock?
post #13 of 14
Happy Birthday and sorry about you getting your PR's pilf'ed. Last year someone stole my poles, it was a wake up call to be more careful with my gear.

I don't leave my gear out and when I do take them off I try to keep them as near by as possible.

I like the suggestions of recording serial numbers and marking skis with a sharpie.
post #14 of 14
I generally just split my skis up on different racks. If I was smart I'd buy a lock, but it honestly just comes down to laziness...My skis are just 3 year old public enemys, so its not like I'm skiing on a ton of money anyways...
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