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French Police slag off British Skiers

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Big article in todays Times about French Police "being wise" about British Skiers claiming for lost skis on the last day of their holidays !!! Clever people will be able to do the link.
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1390675,00.html

however

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4070973.stm
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Paul Mason, I'm afraid we beat The Times by three days on that news

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=3802

...though they have provided some useful added detail. Whatever the suspicions of the French police, and there probably is some truth in their allusions, it's true that they've taken many years to crack down on this area of crime. As a victim of ski theft in Les Deux Alpes, and a two-fingered typist on a manual typewriter in the local police station - all of which got me nowhere - this can only be welcome if they cut the level of ski crime.
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Was the dog sacked?
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Just to tie things together:

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=3802

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=3855
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Never had skis stolen but I had an expensive pair of gloves and googles stolen whilst I was eating lunch in the Hospice Alm in St Christoph. It that's my only brush with theft in a ski reort I'll be quite happy.
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There's just been a fairly lengthy item on BBC R4 6pm news. I don't like the sound of spot checks on coaches on the way to the airport. I fear that's not going to do Anglo-French relations much good!
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David Goldsmith wrote:
Paul Mason, I'm afraid we beat The Times by three days on that news

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=3802



erm, 3 and a half days:

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=70816#70815

I suspect a lot of the 'addittional detail' in the Times report is their poor translation of what they got from the French wire service.
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David Goldsmith, I feel I should apologise on behalf of our resort!

I've never had any skis etc. stolen, but I have an infallible method of stopping it. Firstly, don't buy any skis that are considered trendy. if possible get skis that are last years' model. Secondly, the minute you get your nice shiny new skis, deface them. Put stickers all over them, mark down the serial number, and scratch the top surface as much as you can bear. Most skis are stolen for sale - no pretty - no sale.

Volkl P 50's - awful colour - great skis - good example.
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easiski, there's absolutely no need for you to apologise. Thieves aren't employed by ski resorts. For your info. the pair of skis was split some distance apart and left outside the restaurant at the top (or maybe it was the mid-station?) of the big gondola.

It was about 12 years ago.
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easiski, knackered skis are a sign of a hardcore skier as well.
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laundryman wrote:
... I fear that's not going to do Anglo-French relations much good!

Especially if the coach party misses a plane.
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David Goldsmith wrote:
For your info. the pair of skis was split some distance apart and left outside the restaurant at the top (or maybe it was the mid-station?) of the big gondola.


I have heard of split skis being nicked. There was a case when I was in Val d'Isère last year and the Gendarmerie suggested to the victim that these were expensive skis stolen to order. The thieves wait at the restaurants, watch for the skis they are looking for and see where you have stashed both pairs. There is no problem travelling on the pistes with a second pair of skis - you just have to dress like a racer or say you are a coach if in the unlikely even you are questionned.

There also appears to be a lot of mistakes on public transport where people take skis that they thing are theirs (especially if they hire), the most amusing case I heard of was a lady who had Rossi 9S (the curly pointed ones) she ended up with two left skis, her 168 model from the previous season and a 170cm model from the current season. She had to ski back and said it was very difficult.
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There is no problem travelling on the pistes with a second pair of skis - you just have to dress like a racer or say you are a coach if in the unlikely even you are questioned.

Or even if it's pretty obvious you're neither Confused , parents of racers do it all the time. You don't half feel stupid when you fall over though.
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davidof wrote:
I have heard of split skis being nicked. There was a case when I was in Val d'Isère last year and the Gendarmerie suggested to the victim that these were expensive skis stolen to order. The thieves wait at the restaurants, watch for the skis they are looking for and see where you have stashed both pairs.


I've heard of it as well, sitting on the terrace of a busy restaurant you watch people arrive, split the skis and enter the restaurant. It's hardly difficult to pick the skis up and leave. The value of splitting skis as a deterrent is lost on me, in fact some groups make such a song and dance about it as they arrive the entire mountain's party to the arrangement Very Happy

I've got a lock, it'd stop a half way competent bike thief about 30 seconds but as long as most other people don't have them it'll be a little effective. In fact I just try to keep the skis in view.
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Perhaps the answer is to ski tour in remote locations. If your skis go missing, you can give the rest of the party dirty looks Laughing
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