HOW TO STOP YOUR SKIS GETTING STOLEN…
16th November 2019
Last modified on December 31st, 2019
1. Split them
Whether someone is looking to steal your skis or accidently picks up the wrong set, splitting your skis goes a long way to avoid this.
Make sure they are far enough apart to ensure a thief can’t easily spot them both though.
If you’re skiing with other people, you can go one step further and swap a ski with them, no-one wants to steal an ‘odd’ set of skis.
2. Get a Ski Lock
Ski locks are inexpensive and will easily fit in your pocket or backpack.
A quick search online or your local snow sports shop will be able to provide a variety of options.
The Abus Combiflex 201 comes highly recommended.
3. Hide them
Simple, but effectiveâ€Š-â€Šfind a good hiding place for your skis.
You will normally have a few optionsâ€Š-â€Šin a fir tree, behind a door, in some snow or my personal favourite behind other people’s skis.
4. Keep them in sight
Nothing is safer than keeping your eyes on your equipment.
On a warm day this is easy, find a nice table to have a drink right next to where you have left your skis.
On a cold day you might not want to sit outside, but if you can find a seat next to a window looking out on the ski racks, then take it.
5. Be aware of high-risk restaurants
Restaurants at the bottom of the mountain near roads are often targeted by ski thieves, as they have an easy getaway route.
Go for restaurants higher up the mountain and away from roads, this makes it far harder for thieves to escape with your equipment.
They can normally only take one pair at a time due to having to ski down the mountain.
There is also a phenomenon of mass grab and run robberiesâ€Š-â€Šwhereby a group of thieves take loads of skis and pile them into a van.
Lastly, make sure you have insurance covering your belongings for theft.
Here at PlanetSKI we can recommend the snowsports insurance company, MPI Brokers.
Whilst this won’t stop your skis getting stolen, it will give you peace of mind and allow you to relax whilst drinking your hot chocolate on the slopes.
Or, something stonger.
Maison Sport is a company that connects people wanting lessons to instructors, without going through a traditonal ski school.
Read all about the company here: The New Way to Book Your Ski Teacher.
We have been sharing a number of articles written by the guys and girls over at Maison Sport and will continue to do so across the winter.
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