Is something I have never had happen to me. However, right now, I’m in a situation where no one would want to bother with my skis, being over ten years old now and while I would like new skis, I’m okay with the not worrying about them being stolen.
I was at a ski resort once and came out of the tavern and went back for some more skiing. I spotted my skis and was about to grab them and an attendant asked me for my check ticket. I had none as the skis I was grabbing were nearly identical models to mine and only when I took a look at the poles did I notice the straps were not Kwik-Strapped up. I hate it when such incidents happen because my intentions were mistaken not dishonest.
However, I know other I have talked with have had problems with their skis being stolen, even here in the Upper Midwest and my father had a set of ski poles exchanged for a beat up pair of poles.
I have never left my gear at a check in and to date have had nothing stolen from myself. It is a shame.