Ski and snowboard locks come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and locking mechanisms. Generally speaking, ski and snowboard locks fall into 4 major categories:
This is the most popular type of lock on the slopes nowadays because it’s easy to use and lightweight to carry around.
This lock works by wrapping the provided cable around your skis or snowboards, then connecting it back to the main section. In most cases, you’ll hear or feel a click to make sure everything is secured properly.
The body of a cable lock is either equipped with a number combination or a key mechanism for fastening and unlocking.
Tether locks are the runner up when it comes to the popularity of use among winter sports enthusiasts.
This type of lock is usually more rugged and heavier than typical cable locks, which means they can give you extra protection. However, the additional weight takes away from their convenience because they may slow you down throughout the day.
To fasten a tether lock in place, you need to wrap the tether at one end around your skis or snowboard and then have the lock at the other end thread the tether. The final step is to secure the setup with a key or combination code.
Rack or key locks are fairly common to use in the USA, but they’re most popular in European mountains and resorts.
This type of lock is generally smaller than both of the previous ones, so it’s even more convenient to accompany you during the day. Their lightweight construction doesn’t sacrifice their reliability as they still offer an impressive level of security.
What’s the catch you ask? Well, rack locks are compatible only with a certain kind of racks that specifically supports their locking mechanism.
Such racks aren’t available in every resort, which makes limits their use to particular areas. Rack locks will secure your equipment in the rack via a pin. The only key to open the lock should be with you so no one else can take out your precious gear.
A newer type of ski and snowboard locks is the wireless lock. As you can probably tell from its names, a wireless lock doesn’t provide protection using a physical key or a cable like all the previous locks.
Instead, this lock works more or less like a car alarm. Once the built-in sensors detect a theft attempt, they trigger an integrated siren to effectively alert you and scare away the bad guy.
To install this lock, a small device is attached to each of your skis or snowboards either with a screw or some strong tape.
Wireless locks are controlled via corresponding apps that you download on your smart device. They’ll send a signal to your phone and trigger a loud noise in the event of a theft attempt.