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post #1 of 27
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So I went to the local hill for first tracks which were great, and came home--without my ski boots! This is the 2nd time in 2 seasons that I've done this, and once again, nobody's turned them in. It's extremely weird and I'm beginning to wonder if I'm somehow jinxed. Anybody else have any weird problems like this? At least I have a good job and can get some new ones .
post #2 of 27
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Originally posted by Zacman1987:
So I went to the local hill for first tracks which were great, and came home--without my ski boots! This is the 2nd time in 2 seasons that I've done this, and once again, nobody's turned them in. It's extremely weird and I'm beginning to wonder if I'm somehow jinxed. Anybody else have any weird problems like this? At least I have a good job and can get some new ones .
Are you kidding? How can you forget your boots? Not to be mean or anything but I don't think thats a jinx, I think its idiocy. Boots are not cheap. My boots are my pride and joy, I never let them out of my site. You should be more careful.
post #3 of 27
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You don't hae to tell me man. I can't begin to explain it. And you're right on all accounts. Boots defintly aren't cheap, considering that I'm buying. At least I didn't need any custom work done on them. Of course, it doesn't help that my local hill couldn't give a **** about the local population as 3/4 of their patrons are tourists looking for a day of fun. I asked very nicely and they wouldn't even send somebody out into the parking lot (200 feet from the lodge) to look for them, but that doesn't excuse the fact that I shouldn't have lost them in the first place I know.
post #4 of 27
>>> So I went to the local hill for first tracks which were great, and came home--without my ski boots! This is the 2nd time in 2 seasons that I've done this, and once again, nobody's turned them in. <<<

That sucks. Where was this? Are you thinking that maybe they were stolen? Strong possibility.

I lost a set of Rossi Stratos in the late 70s and my home owners insurance covered the loss. I had to eat the deductible though. As PMZ mentioned, as sad as it is, you can not let anything out of your site if you want it to be there when you return.

I'm guessing you were using high end equipment? They never seem to steal the rentals.

[ December 14, 2003, 01:53 PM: Message edited by: oldhippie ]
post #5 of 27
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Originally posted by oldhippie:
>>> So I went to the local hill for first tracks which were great, and came home--without my ski boots! This is the 2nd time in 2 seasons that I've done this, and once again, nobody's turned them in. <<<

That sucks. Where was this? Are you thinking that maybe they were stolen? Strong possibility.

I lost a set of Rossi Stratos in the late 70s and my home owners insurance covered the loss. I had to eat the deductible though. As PMZ mentioned, as sad as it is, you can not let anything out of your site if you want it to be there when you return.

I'm guessing you were using high end equipment? They never seem to steal the rentals.
First time they were entry level boots. Second time they were Head X80's (high intermediate). Both times, I left them by the car late at night. Both times, nobody's turned them in. Our resort is, unfortunately, often frequented by the best siociety has to offer. : It's not at all unusual to see somebody smoking joints on the lifts, drinking hard liquor both on and off the hill, and stealing stuff. An instructor last year had a pair of Leki trigger poles stolen, plus several other incidents. I never leave my stuff alone, even to go to the bathroom. Both times, I've just been putting my stuff away in the car and completely brain-farted about the boots. : Maybe I should start taking Ginko.

[ December 14, 2003, 02:14 PM: Message edited by: Zacman1987 ]
post #6 of 27
You wouldn't be the first person to leave stuff outside a car door after skiing. Especailly on foul weather days when it is snowing. Many take their ski boots off while sitting on a car seat with feet out the door. Inside the car, especially if others are along, are often lots of stuff like gloves, goggles, and all sorts of small stuff from pockets etc. Thus one does not have a reason to immediately move the likely wet boot bag into the car interior or trunk at that point while other junk is in the way. If it is cold or worse, snowing outside, the obvious tendency is to let the boots sit outside in the boot bag, close the door, and take care of other minor stuff prior to departing.

Thus in your case since you have two strikes against you, I would resort to some extra stupid proof memory trick like habitually putting something neon dayglo across your stearing wheel when you close the door while dealing with gear. To do that you might alway put the neon day glo thing atop the dash before leaving for the slopes so it is ready during departure. Then before driving off and removing the neon whatever from the wheel, it's a reminder to do a 360 check around your car. When it becomes a habit of course you don't need the memory trick anymore.

Way back in the 80s during the neon color ski age, Scott came out with candy cane poles that were neon yellow orange and green. I thought they were nifty for storm skiing days so bought some. One day during a big storm day at Squaw with fresh snow all over the lot and dumping heavily I left them in the parking lot just this ways. -dave

[ December 14, 2003, 03:12 PM: Message edited by: dave_SSS ]
post #7 of 27
I don't know if you're jinxed but you're definately good luck for everyone who needs cheap boots.
post #8 of 27
Tough Luck.

By Dave_SSS
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Many take their ski boots off while sitting on a car seat with feet out the door.
That is what I do. As soon as they come off they get tossed into the car's back seat behind the driver's seat. I bought heavy duty car mats so I don't sweat any melting snow. Skis and poles are tossed into the trunk first (there is a ski pass throgh from the trunk through the middle of the backseat). Finally, I inventory for my gloves, goggles and helmet to make sure that they don't get left (read dropped) behind. That's it. I don't usuallly carry a boot bag. I just use the boot's power straps to connect each boot to the other.

Although, someone may well have intentionally stolen your boots, there is the possibilty that someone may have simply concluded that you abandoned them in pain and disgust (which has been known to occur). Anyway, I suggest that you stick to whatever routine you adopt for stowing your gear. Good luck with your next pair. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #9 of 27
Heh, skiing jinxes? I personally deny any culpability, but James knows a thing or two.

BobMc
post #10 of 27
I don't know if you consider this a jinx.... but I've had bad omens before.

9 yrs ago some friends and I organized an early season ski trip for the ski club to SLC. It didn't sell (first omen), so we were bound and determined to go anyway. Got cheap flight, rented the condo from a friend (cheap), rental car, 4 of us splitting it, and great early snow. I never check my boots but was feeling lazy, and sure enough, my boots showed up several flights after us (second omen). The airline did get them to the condo in time to ski the next day. First day of the season, 2:00pm, I busted up my leg and was out for the season. Should of "listened".......

Weird huh???
post #11 of 27
zac,

its just bad luck. 99% of people would turn them in to lost and found. What would anyone do with someone elses boots? they wouldn't fit. they would stink. they don't belong to me. no thank you.
post #12 of 27
Lostboy is right-there is a possibility they may have been stolen.

Two weeks ago I had a client in a race camp whose boots were ripped off at lunch. He had walked over from his condo in the morning, left his street shoes in the restaurant as we skied, then switched back to his street shoes at lunch to join the group at a different lunch spot. When he came back the boot, 8 years old at that, were gone.

At least it got him in newer rental boots and modern skis for the next two days and we saw a marvelous change in his skiing. Guess that was the silver lining.
post #13 of 27
This reminds me of when I was in medical school in NYC and we decided to go skiing one Sunday. The 4 of us loaded up the car, ferrying stuff from the lobby of our apartment to the trunk. When we got to the mountain, my boots were nowhere to be found. We think that they were placed on the sidewalk by the car, and someone grabbed them as we went back into the lobby for more stuff. They were a pair of those red K2 boots from the late 70's- anyone remember them? I can still remember the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when we unloaded the car and it appeared that I was going to have to ski in my running shoes.

[ December 15, 2003, 09:28 PM: Message edited by: dp ]
post #14 of 27
I managed to do something similar in Miami back in 1991 with my camera bag. I was carrying so much crap from the hotel to the car that I had to put the camera bag down to open the trunk.
We drove all the way to the everglades, and I saw some scenery that would make a nice photograph, and I thought, "Wow, I should pull over and take a photo....MOTHER******!!!"
I lost a Canon A-1, a few lenses, and worse, my passport and checkbook were in there too.
That's the only time I ever did something like that, but I made it a good one [img]smile.gif[/img]
Dave
post #15 of 27
Zach, what size are your boots? If you get to a size 13 in a top of the line boot, I might need to ski with you sometime. My boots are getting pretty old and, well, I could use a new pair.

Mark
post #16 of 27
That's pretty low MD1959. Zacman lemme know what you are missing and I'll keep an eye out for it in the local papers, shops, etc. Had 2 pairs of skis stolen off of my car in my driveway a few seasons ago, I'd rather they have taken my car and left my gear, ski thieves should be castrated. We'll have to get together for some runs this season.

PS: Talk to Thomas and see if can arrange a hook up for you out of the rental room. He's worked with me before on **Cough** borrowing boots for my kids for the season. All he can say is no, so its worth a shot.
post #17 of 27
Zacman, that's pretty bad! :

Ski areas differ. At one area, I left behind my backpack with our documents, camera, 3 pairs of gloves, 3 unfinished snacks, 3 pairs of goggles - on the parking lot, got into the car and left. 3 hours later, I discovered that something was missing. I drove back and got the backpack with everything safely in it - in Lost and Found.

At another area - same size as the first one - I left my $10 poles outside. 20 minutes later, I went home without them: the poles were nowhere to be found. Since then, I got a bicycle chain to retain my skis and never take my skiboots off until I am near my car.

For a cleptomaniac (sp? - compulsory thief), it doesn't matter what to steal. :

[ December 17, 2003, 04:58 PM: Message edited by: AlexG ]
post #18 of 27
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Originally posted by AlexG:
...I left behind my backpack with our documents, camera, 3 pairs of gloves, 3 unfinished snacks, 3 pairs of goggles - on the parking lot, got into the car and left. 3 hours later, I discovered that something was missing. I drove back and got the backpack with everything safely in it - in Lost and Found...
A couple of hours ago, as I was making the RHT from Whitetail's driveway onto the dark road, I spotted something even darker in the middle of the road, just waiting to get run over. It turns out it was some guy's backpack that probably had slid off the roof of his car. I stopped, picked it up, went back, and turned it in.

I figure I was just balancing cosmic karma for when the backpack I had left sitting outside the ticket windows a few years ago had been turned in by some kind soul. Like your backpack, mine also had *everything* in it including car keys, credit cards and all sorts of other documents, about $150 in cash, a pair of high end fan vented goggles, etc.

Tom / PM
post #19 of 27
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Originally posted by teledave:
That's pretty low MD1959. Zacman lemme know what you are missing and I'll keep an eye out for it in the local papers, shops, etc. Had 2 pairs of skis stolen off of my car in my driveway a few seasons ago, I'd rather they have taken my car and left my gear, ski thieves should be castrated. We'll have to get together for some runs this season.

PS: Talk to Thomas and see if can arrange a hook up for you out of the rental room. He's worked with me before on **Cough** borrowing boots for my kids for the season. All he can say is no, so its worth a shot.
Hey Dave, what's Ober's policy on stuff like this? My boots had my name in 2 places, somewhere where somebody honest could find it, and somewhere where somebody DISHONEST couldn't. If I see my boots on the hill, is there any chance of my getting em' back? It'd take 2 minutes to check if they were mine, I had an address label, along with my phone #'s and signature in them. BTW they're Head X80's. Grey, chromed buckles, 10/10.5 shell size, 325 mm sole length, flex adjuster was set in the GS position, and they were buckled together at the power strap.
post #20 of 27
I have worked at a couple of mountains - while there is no guarantee... it's worth a call to the security office to ask about lost and found. If you got an honest person who picked them up and turned them in they can often float around a resort for awhile before they wind up at the official lost and found.

meanwhile - if I left my boots somewhere - you can be sure I'd have turned around and gone back for them myself - I have way too much invested in my boots.

I always change shoes before the trek to the car and throw my boots over the top of my backpack - so, I'd feel the lack of weight!

good luck.

kiersten
post #21 of 27
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Originally posted by kieli:
I have worked at a couple of mountains - while there is no guarantee... it's worth a call to the security office to ask about lost and found. If you got an honest person who picked them up and turned them in they can often float around a resort for awhile before they wind up at the official lost and found.

meanwhile - if I left my boots somewhere - you can be sure I'd have turned around and gone back for them myself - I have way too much invested in my boots.

I always change shoes before the trek to the car and throw my boots over the top of my backpack - so, I'd feel the lack of weight!

good luck.

kiersten
That's exactly what I did. Een with a 2 hour drive. No luck.
post #22 of 27
If it helps, I might be able to offer you a pair of 28.5 Technica Icon X's. They are hammered, but at least you would be able to ski; you pay $25 to cover the shipping and brain damage. I could add a HotForm liner with two days use and they'd be about $125.

As I am fond of saying:

Dog bites you once, shame on the dog.
Dog bites you twice, shame on you.


Let me know if you're interested in the Icons and I'll make sure they're still available.

IG

[ December 19, 2003, 01:08 PM: Message edited by: Inspector Gadget ]
post #23 of 27
For many years I administrated a school ski program that brought 100+ students and 15+ chaperones to a local mountain once a week in January and Febuary.
One student that used rental equipment returned to our home town missing his sneakers. I still haven't figured out how he got from the lodge to the bus without noticing he had no shoes on!!!
At that same hill my wife and I could not find her skis after eating lunch. We searched and finally reported them missing. I skied a few more runs and then as we prepared to leave...There are her skis in the rack. We speculate that someone used them without realizing they were not thiers???
post #24 of 27
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Thanks for the offer but..... MY BABIES ARE COMING HOME!!!! I'd been calling up to the resort about every day, but nobody could find them, then today, they showed up! They'd been floating around to various departments, and finally, lost and found got them logged in. To solve this problem I seem to have, I'm gonna take the new ones back (never used) and get a pair of cat tracks. That way, I can WEAR my boots everywhere as opposed to taking them off. Plus, I have my idiot-proof list of all my stuff made out so I can stick it to the steering wheel. Hopefully, this will never happen again.
post #25 of 27
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Originally posted by Zacman1987:
Thanks for the offer but..... MY BABIES ARE COMING HOME!!!! I'd been calling up to the resort about every day, but nobody could find them, then today, they showed up! They'd been floating around to various departments, and finally, lost and found got them logged in. To solve this problem I seem to have, I'm gonna take the new ones back (never used) and get a pair of cat tracks. That way, I can WEAR my boots everywhere as opposed to taking them off. Plus, I have my idiot-proof list of all my stuff made out so I can stick it to the steering wheel. Hopefully, this will never happen again.
Just a thought, but.... How about sticking your car keys in them when you take them off?

ssh
post #26 of 27
Skiing Jinxes?
Insurance claim - a bird ate my skis.
We hired a car in NZ with a roof rack for skis. After a fifteen minute absence from the car, we returned to find a couple of parrots sitting on the skis, happily gouging big chunks out of the top layer of the skis. Apparently they particularly love the colour blue.
Beware of the KEAS at the Fox Glacier! :
post #27 of 27
>>> MY BABIES ARE COMING HOME!!!! <<<

I checked in here because I was surprised this thread was still alive. I am amazed that it has a happy ending.

Cool. Unusual, but cool.
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