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Ski, snowboard thefts merit attention

Sierra Sun editorial

Ski and snowboard theft. It’s probably not isolated to the one or two resorts that show up in our police reports, and we see it every week.

The volume of ski and snowboard thefts that have occurred at local resorts this winter give a new meaning to the disclaimer: “We are not responsible for lost or stolen goods.”

This week saw several snowboards ripped off at Donner Ski Ranch.

Last week at Boreal alone, the Truckee Police and Nevada County Sheriff’s Office took reports for the theft of three pairs of skis and 13 snowboards, not to mention other stolen miscellaneous items, including cell phones, radios and cameras.

These reports come in on a daily basis, representing thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise. And they probably only represent a fraction of the total losses.

While we cannot hold resorts responsible for quality of its patronage, we can ask that measures are taken to minimize thefts, for the good of the snowsports community, and to reduce the volume of calls (and paperwork) to our local law enforcement agencies.

Perhaps a good solution is to expand the ski check, and verbally warn ticket buyers of the situation.

When theft is occurring on this scale, we all lose. It’s not just a matter of skis and snowboards, but the good name of Truckee and Tahoe in the minds of our winter customer base.