It is sad but true: ski season is winding down, and it is almost time to start storing your winter gear for the spring and summer. However, it is not as easy as throwing your skis into the garage for the off-season; there are proper ways to store your winter gear to ensure that it stays in tip-top shape for next season. At Rocky Mountain Ski & Board, we are acutely aware of how much of an investment skiing equipment is, and how important it is to ski bums like us. Therefore, we have composed some tips for how to properly store your winter gear for the off-season to ensure that it is in great shape for years to come.
Preparing The Gear
It is crucial that you properly prepare your gear for storage. Remember, the condition your equipment is now is going to be the same condition it is when you take it out of storage next season, so you don’t disappoint your future self by storing dirty and damaged skis. You want to start by washing away any dirt and debris. You can use a pot scrubber and a mild detergent to get into those grimy bindings. Additionally, it is a good idea to get your skis tuned and waxed in order to take care of any damage or pits that occurred this season. Be sure to wax the bases to make sure that they do not dry out. When the wax is complete, scrape the wax off the edges in order to prevent rust, which is possible due to moisture trapped underneath the surface.
Additionally, you want to clean your boots before you store them for the off-season. Pull out your boot liners so that they dry out completely. Do not put the boots in front of a heat source, such as a fireplace or heater, as this will melt the plastic on the shells. Wipe down the shells with a mild detergent mixed with warm water. Allow them to dry, then replace your liners and buckle your boots loosely before storing them.
Storing Your Gear
The key to storing your skis and other winter gear is to avoid hot places. Excessive heat can damage your ski equipment, so you don’t want to put them in hot attics or garages. A cool basement may be a good spot. Skis should be stored on their sides or standing up. Take caution to not store them on old ski racks with dowel rods, as they are not designed for today’s skis and may bend them. A strap at the tip and tail may be a good idea for extra protection. In addition, boots must also be stored in someplace like a basement, where it is temperature-controlled. You may choose to store them in a bag in order to protect them from dust, pests, and direct sunlight.
By taking these steps, you can rest assured that your ski equipment will be ready to go for next season. Don’t wait for winter to come around again; when you want the best ski equipment and gear on the market, check out Rocky Mountain Ski & Board!