Keep ski gear safe this season |

Keep ski gear safe this season

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkKeystone employee Chad DeGroot checks in the snowboard of Iowa City, Ia. snowboarder Jason Deepe Friday afternoon while Deepe was going inside for some refreshments. To keep skis and boards safe, Keystone charges $1 during the day, and $4 for overnight services.

BRECKENRIDGE – It happens hundreds of times every ski season and it’s the quickest way to ruin an otherwise good day on the mountain. Skis and snowboards are left behind for a quick lunch, a bathroom break or aprés drinks, and disappear for good.Breckenridge community service officer Trish Holcroft responded to her first ski theft incident of the season last weekend.”It was after skiing at the end of the day and (the theft victim) met some friends at happy hour, and the skis were gone a half hour later, ” Holcroft recalled.

Holcroft offered some simple tips to make sure this frequent situation doesn’t happen.– Lock up your skis. It just takes a minute and Holcroft said in the four years she’s been in her position, she’s only seen a lock cut one time. — Use the ski resort’s lockup services at each resort. That way, if something happens to your equipment, the ski resort is responsible.– Register your gear. It’s a free service offered by police departments across the country. All you do is fill out a registration card with your name, phone number, make, model and serial number of your equipment, and the information is entered into a national database. Pawn shop owners are required to check the database before taking ski gear and will trace the equipment back to its rightful owner.– If you’re just running inside for a minute, make sure you have a friend keep a close watch on your gear.

Holcroft said Breckenridge Police generally see about 110 cases of stolen skis a year, resulting in a loss of about $60,000 worth of equipment. She said people likely don’t bother to report equipment thefts, but, she said it’s critical to do so.”For example, last week, a ski was recovered and because we had a report that it had been stolen in February, we were able to get it back to the owner,” Holcroft said.She also said it’s imperative to report a theft so the police department knows how big of an overall problem it’s dealing with.This year, a couple of the community service officers are working on putting together a plan to help reduce the number of thefts.

They hope to put together an educational press release and possibly retain a grant to help provide people with low-cost ski locks.Holcroft said the main thing to remember is that thieves are usually looking for a quick and easy steal, which usually means abandoned equipment that is not locked up.”You wouldn’t leave $1,000 laying on the table. It’s the same concept when you don’t lock up your skis and snowboards,” Holcroft said.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 229 or at

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