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Stolen in Aspen

Lauren Glendenning
The Aspen Times

Even in Aspen things get stolen — a reality I hadn’t imagined until Saturday afternoon. There I was at the Apres Ski Cocktail Classic after a lovely day on Ajax. I sipped cocktails by The Little Nell’s pool and soaked in the sunshine. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

After the apres event ended, I walked up the stairs toward the rack where I had left my snowboard and saw that it wasn’t there. Perhaps I didn’t remember the exact location where I had placed it? No, because my helmet was still buckled to the rack right next to where I had put my board, which wasn’t there. Dozens of other skis and boards remained, but mine was a goner.

Stolen? In Aspen? I refused to believe it. I went to various ski shops and thought maybe someone had picked it up by accident. I went to The Little Nell’s front desk and the manager took down my information in case the board turned up later.

I filed a police report and then my boyfriend and I decided to get some dinner. After we ate, we checked the rack one more time to see if the person who took it did so by mistake. Maybe, just maybe, he or she returned to swap it out with the right board.

There was a board on the rack, near where mine had been, that looked relatively similar. It was white with black bindings, like my beloved Burton Malolo, but this one had more colorful graphics on it down the center of the board. It would be pretty hard to confuse the two, but in my desperate moment of optimism I thought there was still a chance it would all work out in the end.

As I was reading my Sunday morning paper at home, the phone rang. It was The Little Nell manager calling to let me know they had found a board, but it wasn’t my board. He described it as similar-looking to mine — likely the board I had seen on the rack late Saturday night — and said he was optimistic that the person who took the wrong board might return to make the swap for the right one. (Kudos to The Little Nell for following up with me.)

My Burton Malolo (white, with black shiny Burton bindings and sadly, no identifiable stickers on it) was one-of-a-kind. It was my all-time favorite snowboard — a board that Burton discontinued and is hard to find. Perhaps the thief knew this and seized the opportunity to acquire such a rare board.

So to the snowboard thief out there somewhere: Be careful when you ride it. I believe in karma, and you should, too.


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