Ski theft on the rise in Rocky Mountains?
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado – Ski theft in Summit County is quickly becoming a hot button issue after two men were arrested in Breckenridge last week for allegedly attempting to steal 13 snowboards and three pairs of skis.
It seems that ski areas are not as safe as they used to be and some Rocky Mountain skiers are now being advised to take extra precautions when leaving their gear unattended at the base of the mountain.
Denver resident Kate Liston couldn’t wait to try out her brand new K2 T:Nine women’s skis at Winter Park last week. After two hours on the mountain she decided it was time for lunch and left her skis on the rack directly across from the mountain security office.
“We had a pretty quick lunch, maybe only 45 minutes,” Liston said. “When we walked back out I looked around and my skis were gone. We looked all around the other racks to make sure and then finally realized that my skis were definitely not there.”
Liston immediately took the short walk to the security office to report her skis stolen.
She then filed a police report citing that the skis were over $400 and would be difficult to replace.
“I had only skied on them for two hours, I didn’t even have them long enough to fall in love with them,” Liston said. “I’ve lived and skied in Colorado my whole life and never once thought that someone would steal my skis. I am definitely going to buy a lock before I get my next pair.”
As problems with ski theft continue to grow, some resorts are implementing prevention programs to reinforce the fact that theft is something that will not be tolerated.
Whistler Blackcomb ski area in British Columbia, Canada, implemented a “Bait Ski and Snowboard” program, setting up traps to monitor ski and snowboard gear from being stolen.
In addition to legal prosecution, those who are caught stealing immediately loose their pass and have a three-year ban from the mountain.