Fourteen employees at Sugarbush Resort, VT had their ski and snowboard equipment stolen last week shortly after the mountain closed for the winter due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The alleged thefts came after the ski season abruptly ended, leaving many unemployed. Sugarbush closed last weekend after Gov. Phil Scott declared a state of emergency and banned mass gatherings to limit the spread of the virus. Workers believe their locker room was robbed between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
“We have lost everything from snowboards and skis to boots [and] poles,” lift operator Sarah Welch told VPR. “The thieves enter our lockers and stole helmets, goggles, gloves, coats,” she said, “they pretty much pillaged the locker room.”
Welch said she lost two sets of skis, a pair of poles and personal items from her locker and the thieves also took hand sanitizer from guest services.
The employees compiled a list of the stolen equipment, hoping customers will check it before buying used gear from online marketplaces such as eBay or Craigslist.
“If any of the equipment matches equipment on the list please reach out to Vermont State Police,” she said.
Meanwhile, Vermont Ski and Ride started an online campaign to raise money to replace the stolen gear.