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Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by Yo Leo, Jun 4, 2019.
Tech toe AT binders are a nice deterrent, as are (were) tele binders.
Weird looking abused and chopped up BC skis are also pretty safe, particularly if paired with the above binders.
No, have never locked up my skis.
I've heard about vans pulling up at bars in Saalbach and emptying entire ski racks. Got that bad all the bar owners started selling locks at cost price.
There are a few interesting stories/claims in this thread from a rival forum
I was in a mid mountain restaurant in Zermatt when it was emptied out and everyone had to identify thier gear. Someone had stolen a patrons skis and he had to download all the way to the village - no spare skis so no mistaken identity.
Was looking at new DPS carbon skis, when I saw the price first thought was how could you relax having these out of eyesight!
My current anti theft strategy is to buy skis with the worlds ugliest graphics, I think I've succeeded dont you?.
I accidentally did this to a poor bloke many years ago and I have large boots at 30.5. What are the odds?
We just separate ours, we rarely lock them (they're not brand new)
I have a lock but have been lazy using it. Usually religiously when I first get my skis then less frequently the older they get or the longer since I've heard about someones skis being stolen. I had mine locked at Blue Cow station out on the snow and came back 45 mins later and the combo lock number had been changed to 0000 so someone was obviously having a crack before being disrupted or deciding it was taking too long so I'm pretty sold on the value of having one. Some of the cheapies I can open with my bare hands with one good tug so give them a test in the shop before you buy. Now I've got a travel combo lock that came with a metal cable rather than a retractable one.
A van pulled up at Tussock (super fancy Crackenback Ridge home) and emptied the entire contents - all the Space furniture, BOSE systems etc. It was not long after it had been sold a few years back so no one batted an eyelid as they just thought it was the move
That happening around a Sale is common. They case the place during home opens, one of the many reasons a lot of real estates take your details when you enter a home open.
House before last we had a break in once the sold sign went on.
I’m always more wary at base locations when I leave my board unlocked, especially if it’s close to a road - ever since hearing about the Ute that swung past Friday Flat one year and loaded up a selection of skis and boards super quick and then bolted.
Wife had fishscale tele binding skis stolen from the main rack at Perisher. We've moved to tech as a greater deterrent.
Be wary of people carrying spanners
Don't drink beer til you've finished your session for the day
hahaha I need that energy after a few runs!
I just rig my board up to a claymore
Hopefully facing in the correct direction.
I think I do subconsciously avoid bars near cars/ carparks or centre villages. I always thought, who would steal skis up a mountain and carry them down whilst skiing without getting asked questions.
we use cable locks on our gear just to prevent accidental movement or the quick snatch & run.
we know they won't stop a determined thief, but having been the victims in the past of accidental pickup & and drop back in the wrong place then its worth it just to reduce the annoyance.
This stand out like dogs balls. As a younger man it was a habit of mine to reunite miss matched skis.
Also heard stories of people separating them even further. I tend to put separating skis in the same bucket as lifting windscreen wipers.
If using a combo lock, don't use a 3 digit tumbler - too easy to "pick" on a good weather day. And 4 digit locks - change the bloody combination from the default. so many are 0000
And don't use a key lock cause if you drop the key, being warm from your pocket, the key will disappear into the slush thats always around the trampled ski racks.
Also a good idea to keep an eye on your skis on the backs of shuttle buses. A brand new pair of red skis I had years ago were lifted off by an unassuming newbie who had rented red skis. She didn't mean to take them but if I hadn't have been watching they would have gone as simple as that.
I have a few friends who are more paranoid about their poles being stolen than their skis.
“Splitting” skis with a friend is better, imho.
I do that at a busy base area in peak season, when I theorise organised thieves are most likely in operation.
I rarely see anyone on the type of skis I ski. I’ve only ever seen one other person with a Salomon QLab, and no more than a handful on a Blizzard Brahma. On the latter it’s surprisingly rarely seen here.
+1 is on an older version of the Brahma with AT bindings, so there's not many skis around like his either.
It's also an issue with resorts where you use a gondola from the base station to get up to the alpine.
Mate of mine tried to click in after the 30min or so we spent riding a pair of gondolas up to the top. He had picked up the wrong skis out of the ski rack. Down he went to find another skier wandering around looking for his skis. I think I used the words "I'll see you at lunchtime".
As you don't clip in down the bottom, it takes longer to find out about your mistake.
I've found someone trying to clip into my Brahmas. Same year, same length as his (clearly different bindings though). Luckily I had bigger feet.
changed my mind.
you can ride single on the T's.
I often put my skis on seperate racks, so they’re not a pair. On the basis that it would take someone ages to find both skis, so they may as well steel someone else’s.
Doesn’t work for boards though.
Have small cable lock from Bunnings.
is about size of a lighter so fits easy in pocket, and not too heavy.
the cable is coiled , like the old telephone cords.
it's long enough to hook thru couple skis , board and the ski racks.
For the first time I've covered my skis with stickers so they look like no other ski on the hill, even though they were a popular ski a couple of years back. I can always find them. They're wanky international ski hill bagging stickers but they're also a good conversation starter
I use something like this
Yeah it won't deter a serious thief but it will prevent a punter from accidentally picking up my skis / poles.
I had couple of them but the plastic cracked and fell apart pretty easy, the spring & cabling also self destructed inside the carcass.
the Bunnings option I'm using now is more robust metal and has same combo set-up.
Tele bindings does the trick for me.
Yeah, all the tele-skiers on here know how trashed those skis are
Have done the same in the past. Big smiley face stickers on the shovels plus lots of random stickers on the tails to protect from scratches. Rather than conceal, they really stood out with a few people commenting that they had seen my skis on the rack.
My current skis are so distinctive that it would be safe to say that since I've had them there wouldn't have been another pair of them any where on the hill.
Not exactly foolproof...
Still stands out like dogs balls.
If it’s busy, not so much.
Never lost skis, but poles a few times. (honest mistakes I like to think.) A few well placed stripes of multi coloured electrical tape fixed it.
I have Leki trigger poles. Makes it hard to hang on your skis, but a bit useless to the average skier without the glove strap.
My Leki’s will be coming inside with me, thankfully they fold smallish, and if I’ve got them with me I’ll have my backpack too. I’d be spewing if they vanished!
Can you thread the lock through them?
Picked up a small cable lock from rhythm on the way through this arve, looks similar to the dakine one, three digit combo lock. Nice little $20 device that will help with peace of mind after reading all these stories
thru the baskets ?
No straps, they clip into my gloves. I wind the wire in and around them.
Nup little baskets, no hole.
I've been given a couple of pairs of triggers. I always loose the straps after a couple of weeks just end up using them without the straps. think only race coaches have the time to keep track of those things. Most instructors with them are like me and jut use them strapless.