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Old 12-02-2013, 03:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Have you ever had your board stolen?



A serious board plus binders would cost u anywhere from 600$ to well over a 1000$ US.

So have you?
What can you do against it?

From what i hear from my local board shop and snowboard teacher there are two sort of thief's..

- younger kids who take a beaten up board uphill to leave with a 800$ NS or Burton Flying V

- White Van guys who troll the apres-ski bars and lower lifts and just load 10 - 20 boards/pairs of skis in their van and leave.

In the French and Austrian resorts I've been to I've seen a board locked maybe once or twice. Meaning hundreds and hundreds of boards unlocked.
With me riding renta-crap before I couldn't care less but last year on my own board (50€ of my local Craigslist) I've started to always keep an eye on it.
This year (to save me from tears, Xmas season is coming ) with a brand spanking new Mountain Twin im locking it for sure.
Same goes for shared depots in the apartments. I'm taking my board inside, not leaving it in a shared cellar for someone to take a liking to it.
It's also the reason why I have a apple sticker on it, to make it mine and easy recognizable.

Here's my 3 euro solution:


Have You Ever: Had A Snowboard Stolen? - YouTube

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Old 12-02-2013, 03:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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strangely enough i have never had a board stolen on the hill, or have had any friends have their boards stolen. some of them lock up some do not (myself included). I have had my board stolen out of my car though, left it unlocked for literally two hours and it was gone at my apartment (nice neighbourhood too). I was just lucky the setup was a few years old and not brand new, but i still didn't want to have to buy a new one especially at full price mid season...
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh, oh, pick me, pick me.

I had this happen to me once a few years back. I was riding at Whiteface in upstate NY. Went in for a very quick (less than 20 minute) lunch, came out and my brand new Rome Agent was gone. I was so crushed. All that week I was just so depressed about it. I was riding 3-4 times a week and this board was my BABY.

I reported it to the mountain AND the local police department. I was lucky enough to have a receipt for the board and was able to give the mountain and the PD the serial number. This happened in February. I had my parents ship me my old board and rode out the rest of the season on that.

A whole six months later - in August - while working at a summer camp, I got a call from that very same local PD. They had found my board and matched the serial number to my case report. Apparently, some low-level mountain employee had been swiping boards and hiding them in a facilities garage/shed near the resort. He was caught red-handed moving them out into a truck. They found mine and a handful of others. The officer didnít know exactly what this guyís motive was, but suspected he was going to try and sell them next season at a bunch of local ski-swaps (which, by the way, I learned is a GREAT way to try and find stolen boards. Some local areas will actually cross-reference the serial numbers on boards on sale at ski swaps with stolen-board reports from local PDs). The douchebag had slapped a bunch of lame stickers on it to try and change the appearance but otherwise they said it was in great condition and I could have it back if I wanted to pay for shipping ($50, no big deal). Needless to say, I was PUMPED.

I always lock my board now. Doesnít matter if Iím going in for two seconds to grab a Gatorade, if the mountainís empty, Iím at a summit lodge, whatever. I use a simple retractable lock. You could probably cut the cord w/ some wire cutters but hell, if someoneís out to steal a board, theyíre gonna go for the low hanging fruit.

Bottom line, board theft sucks. I actually got VERY upset at a friend last year who hid my board on me at the mountain as a joke. All b/c of my experience. Lock it or donít loose sight of it. Nowadays lots of resorts have camera systems in place and/or ski-checks (usually for $), so its gotten better over the years but still. For a toy worth $$$, I donít know why more people donít lock up.
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm not sure how common it is as I have only visited a handful of slopes, but some places offer ski valet service. The hill I most often go to has one beside both of their "chalet" bases. It nominally costs a couple dollars, but it's free for people staying at the resort, and the guys have an unspoken rule to assume you are staying at the resort and not charge you anything . My setup was bought used, it's not expensive and quite beat looking, but I still give it to them for safe keeping.

At my local resort I would probably just keep it unlocked if I did not have the valet option, but if I went somewhere else for a snowboarding trip, I would probably lock it because if stolen, I would have to either pay through the nose to replace it (wouldn't expect very low prices right next to the lift), or calling it quits until I can obtain a reasonably priced setup.
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Always locked my board from day one, maybe because i come from London and used to stuff being stolen it is second nature to think that it will go missing if not locked...

I now live in Norway, and they have had some issues over holiday periods when it is extremely busy at some resorts with boards and skis being stolen in bulk, last xmas there where 14 boards taken in a 2 day period, not sure on skis...

Why take the chance, a lock takes 2 seconds to put on, and is too much grief to get off in a public place that is busy so they will take a different board...!!!
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A serious board plus binders would cost u anywhere from 600$ to well over a 1000$ US.

So have you?
What can you do against it?

From what i hear from my local board shop and snowboard teacher there are two sort of thief's..

- younger kids who take a beaten up board uphill to leave with a 800$ NS or Burton Flying V

- White Van guys who troll the apres-ski bars and lower lifts and just load 10 - 20 boards/pairs of skis in their van and leave.

In the French and Austrian resorts I've been to I've seen a board locked maybe once or twice. Meaning hundreds and hundreds of boards unlocked.
With me riding renta-crap before I couldn't care less but last year on my own board (50Ä of my local Craigslist) I've started to always keep an eye on it.
This year (to save me from tears, Xmas season is coming ) with a brand spanking new Mountain Twin im locking it for sure.
Same goes for shared depots in the apartments. I'm taking my board inside, not leaving it in a shared cellar for someone to take a liking to it.
It's also the reason why I have a apple sticker on it, to make it mine and easy recognizable.

Here's my 3 euro solution:


Have You Ever: Had A Snowboard Stolen? - YouTube
No. Never had my board stolen.

Best way to avoid it: if possible use a ski check service.

if not... then I use a cheap cable lock. Keep in mind, one can unscrew your binding to steal the board itself.
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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While I'm sure that it still happens because of the inadequacies of popular locks, I'm curious how many people have had a setup that was LOCKED UP stolen despite the lock.
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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So there's a top tip up there: always write down or take a pic of the serial number of your board!

Great story Sheepstealer! You're a lucky man! Also for winning that board a few days back

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Dude, go to your local bike shop, they now sell some bike cables made of steel, but coated with rubber, pretty lightweight and you could stick it in your pocket or backpack while boarding. I'm not risking my Trice HP with Now bindings getting ripped off, I'd beat the kid senseless if I caught him in the act and would have an entire new set of problems on my hands....
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This is why I'm glad to of ridden in WI, not a lot of board snatchers, and I never lock mine up. I know at T Basin everyone has there boards stacked up along a wall with a general attitude of "fuck it"
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