Skiing season is still in full swing, but it won’t be long before the arrival of spring signals that it’s time to store your ski equipment.
To ensure that your equipment is in great condition when the first snow falls on the slopes, you’ll need to store it properly. We’ve put together these tips to help you do that.
Prepare Your Equipment for Storage
Skis and ski equipment require special care to ensure that they’re protected during the warm summer months. Here’s what to do for each type of equipment.
Clean your skis thoroughly, making sure that the metal edges are dry. You should also remove rust as needed. Then, apply wax, (a regular coat plus an extra coat), to the bases to protect them from humidity. If your skis need a tune-up before you store them, take them to a pro and request the extra layer of wax.
There are two schools of thoughts about bindings. Some people recommend loosening them for storage, while others advocate for leaving them as-is, so you don’t have to fuss with them when the new season arrives. You should choose the method you prefer.
When skiing season arrives, you can simply scrape off the extra wax for skis that are slope-ready. Keep in mind that these same tips apply to snowboards, as well.
Completely clean your ski or snowboard boots. You’ll need to make sure that both the interior and exterior are dry before you store them. Putting them on a boot dryer will do the trick.
It’s also a good idea to deodorize the interiors of the boots before you store them so they’re fresh for the new season. Spraying them with odor eaters or foot spray will help – just dry them thoroughly after you spray them.
Your ski clothing should be cleaned and dried before you store it. Dry cleaning is the preferred method of many skiers. Spot treating stains will ensure that you start the new season with gear that looks like new.
Make sure that mittens or gloves are completely dry before storage. It may take longer than you think for them to dry.
Gently wipe the outer lenses of your goggles with a lens cloth to remove smudges and dust. It is not recommended to wipe the inside lenses as it can damage or remove the anti-fog coating.
Goggles can be stored with clothing, but they should be in a soft pouch or – in a pinch – you can tuck them into the sleeve of your clothing to protect them.
Clean and dry your poles before storing them. Remove any rust and lash them together before you put them into storage.
Where to Store Ski Equipment
The final question is where to store your ski equipment. The summer months are warm and can be humid, and both heat and moisture can harm your equipment. The ideal storage space is one with air conditioning or air cooling so that your equipment isn’t exposed to excessive heat.
Put your boots and clothing in a clean, dry ski bag. You may want to consider adding a few dryer sheets to add a fresh smell and discourage rodents from getting into your bag. Your goggles can be put in your ski bag, too, provided they are wrapped and protected.
Finally, make sure that your skis, poles, and snowboard, are properly stored so they won’t fall or be scratched by other items.
Ski equipment can be expensive. Storing your skis, boots, goggles, and other gear properly will ensure that they make it through the summer months intact – and that you’ll be ready to hit the slopes in style in the new season.