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how do you protect your gear?  do you lock your skies when eating lunch? take a pole with you? what are your best
post #2 of 14
Living in Norway is generally a good solution, though skis do occasionally go walkies.
post #3 of 14
This discussion almost belongs in the Are Your Skis "Cool"? thread. cuz if yer skis really are cool, then somebody else probably thinks so too, and you ought to lock them up. If your skis aren't cool, who would want to steal them?

My contemporary skis are probably old enough and out of style enough that no thief would want them. However, when I bring my vintage K2 710 Comps out sometime this year, they will get locked.
post #4 of 14
Like Morrison, my old skis were never really a theft target (seriously, is anyone going to steal old beaten up Atomic 6.18 Carvs?), but with my new Stocklis, i will be bringing some quarters with me to lock them up. I figure, given the cost, what is another $1-2 per ski trip to protect them...
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.+ski corral guy=
However, when I bring my vintage K2 710 Comps out sometime this year, they will get locked.
You'd have to be over 30 to even recognize those skis
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I have yet to hear of skis which were split up among different racks getting stolen.  I wouldn't root around for the second ski in a pair, even for  a K2 710.  Now an old K2 Four, with three tone bottoms, you would have to lock up.
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I have yet to hear of skis which were split up among different racks getting stolen.  I wouldn't root around for the second ski in a pair, even for  a K2 710.  Now an old K2 Four, with three tone bottoms, you would have to lock up.

+1   I usually put my skis on two different racks.

sani
post #8 of 14
Lock 'em or lose 'em.
post #9 of 14
I never really think about it much. I just pay attention to where the skis are. When I ski, I rarely spend much time indoors and it's only for a brief time like a restroom break. I know someone could take them in that short time but I never lock them. If I was going to spend a large amount of time indoors I would probably lock 'em up or deposit them in the ski check. The only thing anyone ever stole of mine were ski poles -- someone took just one of them, probably just to be an a$$. I probably value my skis more than others, however-- I think thieves go for fresh-looking merchandise or the hottest items; mine are neither.  
post #10 of 14
I have a locker at the local hill so I have nothing to worry about unless a thief is carrying bolt cutters.  However, I would never leave any of my gear on the rack there without a lock.  Theft is a pretty big problem there they even caught at least 1 guy with a pick-up truck full of skis.

On vacation I always take a lock just for that reason.  It's cheap insurance against becoming a statistic.
post #11 of 14
Split 'em up but don't leave them for extended periods.  They get lonely.  Besides, are you there to ski or drink beer and chat up the bunnies?  Plenty of time for that when the sun goes down.
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post

I have yet to hear of skis which were split up among different racks getting stolen.  I wouldn't root around for the second ski in a pair, even for  a K2 710.  Now an old K2 Four, with three tone bottoms, you would have to lock up.
Well you have now - sort of. At Stratton about 1998. The day ends and I split my skis with my buddy, putting the mismatched skis together before we head into the bar. I was skiing a Rossi 4SV which was bright red and I think 196cm. My friend's ski were also Rossi but blue and about 8cm shorter. Well some stole the mismatched pair. The only saving grace to the story was that they could not do anything with the stolen skis.
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I think skis don't get stolen as much in the Alps as in North America -- and I have absolutely NO empirical evidence for this. But I do have a theory. And if you're reading this, you're probably really bored, so you're going to listen.

 

There aren't really base areas here. So the number of places someone could do a runner with your skis is much more limited. Sure, if you lean them against a wall in the village and go for a drink, yeah, they could get nicked. But you're more likely to stop for food/drink/bathroom somewhere UP the hill. Harder to steal boards in that situation. Not impossible, of course (you need carry-on-shoulder skills, or you need to be able to click in). But harder.

 

Poles are another story. I bring my inside.

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post

I have yet to hear of skis which were split up among different racks getting stolen.  I wouldn't root around for the second ski in a pair, even for  a K2 710.  Now an old K2 Four, with three tone bottoms, you would have to lock up.
Maybe not both anyway.........one cold, windy day at A-Basin, my GF and I had split our skis and paired mismatched skis in separate racks and went in to warm up. We came out and a mismatched pair was gone.

I was left with one of my blessed 710's and a strained relationship.
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