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post #31 of 58
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Originally Posted by ant View Post
that is so bizarre. The only time I've lost stocks is when moron punters took them, and when I captured them on the hill and demanded them back, they said they thought anyone could use them or some other lame excuse.
Dickheads!
I just buy the cheapo ones from the sport mart or whatever they call it now, 30 bucks is my price point.

To repel thieves, superglue pink ribbons to them. This is guaranteed to have them passing your stocks by, and nicking someone else's.
Can someone translate this please? I got the dickhead part OK, but the rest...
post #32 of 58
LOL
Stocks= 2 pieces of wood or other material with no leafy substance at the top and no roots on the bottom
punters=small objects (usually referring to small dogs, yappy poodles and such)that can be placed between a set of goal posts with a firm kick
Hope this helps
post #33 of 58
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post
Here's one. Had a pair of Scott racing poles, in reasonable condition. I always keep a little duct tape wrapped around the shaft just below the handle. Anyway, stopped for a leak or something before a run, then afterward on the lift noticed that my pole was more bent than I remembered. Than noticed that the tape was gone. Weird. Just as I got off the lift, a cop jumps in front of me, MY poles in his hand (police at resorts here serve as ski patrol, rescue, etc., but basically do F-all). He starts screaming at me for having swiped his poles and pawned off my own, somehow inferior ones (same model, remember). I tried to point out to him that it was clearly an accident, that in fact his poles were in worse shape than mine. Finally, he points at the duct tape (I'm not kidding folks), livid, and says something like "yeah, you think you can pass off to me a pair of poles held together with tape?"
I would have told him to shut up before he was sorry! Sounds like he needs Psychiatric help!
post #34 of 58
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Originally Posted by ts01 View Post
Worst part of stolen poles is replacing them at full price at an on-mtn ski shop. I hate thieves too but they are a fact of life, so I always have an extra pair or two in the car to avoid this. I buy extras when cheap on steepandcheap etc. Rather have the $20 insurance policy in the car all year than pay $75 at the mtn.
I discovered, after breaking my wrist and deciding to spend my Saturday afternoon still skiing instead of waiting in the emergency room (been there done that) that it was pretty easy to ski without poles. I left my poles at the top of the hill for the rest of the day and they were fine. The next few times I went skiing with the cast, I left both poles at home.

I still prefer to have poles, but I would wait and get some from the Sally Anne if they ever got stolen on the hill.

Mind you, I don't need no schtinking pole plants.
post #35 of 58
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Originally Posted by whipper View Post
I would have told him to shut up before he was sorry! Sounds like he needs Psychiatric help!
Yeah, that would be a good thing to tell a cop. Particularly since I never ski with any ID on me, which happens to be illegal here.
post #36 of 58
It is unwise to argue with the police.......



Pigling Bland
post #37 of 58
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
It is unwise to argue with the police.......



Pigling Bland
...though actually people here mouth off to cops a lot more than you'd ever do back in the States...
post #38 of 58
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Originally Posted by ant
that is so bizarre. The only time I've lost stocks is when moron punters took them, and when I captured them on the hill and demanded them back, they said they thought anyone could use them or some other lame excuse.
Dickheads!
I just buy the cheapo ones from the sport mart or whatever they call it now, 30 bucks is my price point.

To repel thieves, superglue pink ribbons to them. This is guaranteed to have them passing your stocks by, and nicking someone else's.


Can someone translate this please? I got the dickhead part OK, but the rest...
Can someone translate this please? I got the dickhead part OK, but the rest...
You already got stocks and punters (stock is also German for stick, maybe with a different spelling but definitely the same term, for poles "Sci Stocks" another similar terms is Alpen-Stock used to indicate the single wooden pole used to walk around in the Alps in the summer, now almost completely replaced by the telescopic poles (one or two) or the nordic ones if one is to do the "nordic-walking)
Now, I think that "sport mart" has been used much like K-mart is used for Killington (correct me if I'm wrong all come from Walmart); a reference to cheap stores...
Nicking = stealing (I think is a colloquial term of British origin)


Hope this helps somehow....
post #39 of 58
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post
Yeah, that would be a good thing to tell a cop. Particularly since I never ski with any ID on me, which happens to be illegal here.
Right, once you get them to ask you for "documenti, prego" (papers, pelase, referring to your i.d. and /or driving licence) you know you're in trouble of some sort whether you've the i.d. on you or not, either a long stern lecture or a fine or both or...
post #40 of 58
Yeah, I was just pulling this guy's chain a little. I know "nick" and "punter" from hanging out with Brits and Canadians. Though never heard "stock" before, though a Brit friend of mine always calls his poles "sticks". (My son, BTW, calls his "rackets", insisting on a literal translation from the Italian "rachetti").
post #41 of 58
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post
Yeah, I was just pulling this guy's chain a little. I know "nick" and "punter" from hanging out with Brits and Canadians. Though never heard "stock" before, though a Brit friend of mine always calls his poles "sticks". (My son, BTW, calls his "rackets", insisting on a literal translation from the Italian "rachetti").
You had me then!
I should have pm'd you instead of posting.
Hai preso due piccioni con una fava...
"Racchette" hehehe, why don't you convince him to use "bastonicni" instead (this way he'll tranlsate into sticks)

(p.s. Ant, is a girl)
post #42 of 58
Oh right, racchette, sure. My written Italian is absolute crap. I'm sure Prickly Jr. would say "bastons" or some such thing.
post #43 of 58
Thrift Store update. There are two ski totes at the thrift store with 170 cm Fischer Ultralites, Tyrolia 260 D's and.....








Wait for it.........






Scott pistol grip poles in pretty good shape.

$9.99 takes one tote, skis, and poles.


I passed on it
post #44 of 58
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
I'd still say my favorite poles ever were Alsops with the spring/shock absorber in the handle. Those were stolen long ago.
I still have mine if you're looking to replace yours and the price is right
post #45 of 58
OK, not about ski poles, but taking the wrong gear.....

Standing in the maze to ride up the Super Bee at Copper last week, trio ahead of me, two men and one woman, about to get their tickets scanned by the lift op.....

First Man [to the woman]: Where are your skis?
Woman [puzzled that this guy could be so stupid]: They're right here. [as she lifts one foot to show the ski]
Second Man: What are you taking about?
First Man: Are those her skis? They don't look right.
Second Man: What ARE you taking about?
Woman: OMIGOD! These aren't my skis! Where are my skis?
Second Man: What do you mean those aren't your skis? How can they NOT be your skis?

At this point, they just started going back and forth about those are your skis; no, they're not and I got fed up waiting for them to step aside and clear the maze and just went around them. As much as I enjoy theater of the absurd, I wanted to ski. But I did wonder on the way up the lift just how you could walk out of the lodge, grab a pair of skis, step into the bindings and get into the maze before realizing that they weren't your skis!
post #46 of 58
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Originally Posted by Tag View Post
I still have mine if you're looking to replace yours and the price is right
tempting, but I've survived without them since 1981. I remember how bad my wrists felt the first time I skied without them after they got taken. I tend to have an aggressive plant when skiing bumps.
post #47 of 58
This is why they make stickers. Put stickers (Ski area logos, hillbilly devil/angel girls, etc.) on your poles and on your skis. It make your equipment more identifiable to you, less likely to be accidentally taken, and less likely to be stolen, again because it is more identifiable.
post #48 of 58
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Originally Posted by dan9124 View Post
Been working at Big Sky since the end of November and have had my poles stolen TWICE since I've been here...the first time was just last week when I went in for lunch and put my stuff on the racks. Come back out and my poles are gone with a set of broken poles lying right beside my skis...guess someone got careless with their own stuff and decided to steal someone else's

Then just this morning, I get to work and my poles are yet again missing. This time from the storage closet we have here for the people in our department. It's not a locked closet, but everyone keeps their skis and poles and sometimes boots in there and they seem to be fine (until now I guess...). I'm really tired of buying new poles every week. God I hate thieves...
Grab a set of rental poles from the shop... they probably won't disappear, and if they do you can just go back for another one.
post #49 of 58
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Originally Posted by Tag View Post
OK, not about ski poles, but taking the wrong gear.....

As much as I enjoy theater of the absurd, I wanted to ski. But I did wonder on the way up the lift just how you could walk out of the lodge, grab a pair of skis, step into the bindings and get into the maze before realizing that they weren't your skis!
In the rental shop I used to manage I've had people return skis at the end of the day that are different brands, colors, and lengths from the ones I rented them in the morning. The conversation usually goes like this....

Me.. "Were did you get these. These are not our skis."
Customer.. "These are the ones you gave me this morning."
Me.. "No, these are Rossignols, we only carry K2's"
Customer (with confused look on face).. "Are you sure?"
Me.."Yes, can you please tell me the last place you took your skis off so I can have someone look for them."

Or they will bring in skis rented from our shop complaning that the bindings no longer fit after stopping for lunch. People will almost never admit to taking the wrong skis, it is usually the shops fault, or someone else switched them etc. The majority of people just don't look at or think about their ski equipment.
post #50 of 58
i was with my friend's parents one day and near the end as we are walking back to the shuttle, the husband asks his wife where she got the skis she was carrying. Puzzeled, she looks up and notices the skis she is carrying are GS ski with the curved tip.
post #51 of 58
Not sure if they have these at most hills but here in Quebec we have been using the "Ski Key" for years.

http://www.skikey.com/standing-rack.htm

It costs about $20.00 for the lock and fits in your pocket. I think they were even giving the racks away to some hills just to promote sales of the locks. Both your skis and poles are nice and safe while you eat or answer the call of nature.
It has to be the lowest of lows to steal someone’s skis or poles, much like the horse thieves of the Old West.. they should hang'em high!
post #52 of 58
What a waste a good rope!!
post #53 of 58
Dan9124... I'm glad you got your poles back.

Your story reminded me that the only skiing item (or anything else, for that matter) that I've ever had stolen was a pair of Scott poles. It was about 25 years ago and I left them straddling my skis while I ducked into the Lookout Restaurant at the top of Sun Valley for five minutes. I came back out and my skis were sitting right where I left them but the poles were gone. Bastid!

The only other time I had something stolen, it was a pair of skis and they were "stolen" by Franz Klammer.

The whole story is here:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ight=guess+who
post #54 of 58
In November, someone stole one of my Goode carbon ski poles when I was at HV in NY.

As I have never seen anyone skiing with this model, its doubtfull someone lost one and were looking for a quick replacement. Someone probably thought it would be funny to swipe one and throw it in the woods or something.

When I came out of the lodge after using the restroom, I noticed one was gone from the rack. Searched for 15 minutes in the woods and the area next to the rack, to no avail.
post #55 of 58
BOB that was a great storry!!!!
I had a pair of skiis go missing one night but unlike yourse they never found their way back to me.
It was really deflateing at the time, new skiis , was teaching just outside of Toronto at the time (Glen Eden) went in for like 5 minutes to hang a rat then straight back out. Skis gone ,was totally bummed out. A friend of mine that owns a ski shop in Collingwood Ont (actually is called "THE Ski Shop" owned by Pete Gibson, Thanks pete) turned me on to a pair of fishers for a severly reduced rate and I was sooo glad my first pair got ripped off cause the Fishers rocked.(RC4 WC SL 203)
post #56 of 58
My brother likes to separate his skis on the way to the lodge. e.g - leave one ski somewhere, and carry the other for a while longer, then leave it somewhere. It's kind of a passive theft-resistance thing - one ski is worthless (except on TGR.)

My poles are cheap aluminum Scotts from the early '90s with day-glo yellow grips and baskets. Dave's Tahoe used to sell them individually, like Lib Tech skis. They have gone unharassed so far, but I may start separating them when I separate my skis. Although it sounds like that may not always help either. Very recognizable, though, because people haven't had them in about ten years.
post #57 of 58
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

The only other time I had something stolen, it was a pair of skis and they were "stolen" by Franz Klammer.

The whole story is here:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ight=guess+who
That is like the coolest story ever.
post #58 of 58
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters

The only other time I had something stolen, it was a pair of skis and they were "stolen" by Franz Klammer.

The whole story is here:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...ight=guess+who
That is like the coolest story ever.
Ditto!
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