While your all-mountain skis could beasts on snow, they need special care to ensure they remain in top shape during the summer. If you want the skis to perform well every season, you have to know how to store skis.
Things like season atmosphere changes, dryness, mold, and dampness could end up affecting the health of skis negatively. The last thing you would want is to remove your skis from storage and then realize that their topcoats are delaminating or their bases are dry and cracked. To help you keep your skis in good condition during the summer, we will show you how to store skis.
Storing Skis During the Summer
Prepare the Skis for Storage
After exploring the snow for a whole season, the skis will need some tuning up for them to be in optimal condition when the next winter season arrives. For this reason, you must learn how to tune up the skis before we can show you how to store skis.
Preparing the skis for storage is not as complicated as you might think. In fact, if you are too busy to prepare the skis yourself, you can take them to the ski shop – you will only need to spend a couple of dollars to ensure that your skis are ready for storing.
If you would like to prepare the skis for storage yourself, all you will need is a cloth, steel or bronze brush, some wax, waxing iron, and warm water. If this is not the first time you are taking care of your skis, you will probably already have all these items.
Clean the Skis
Before storing skis, you will need to clean them. Fresh powder is not as clean as it appears. Spring snow is generally slushy and usually mixed with dust. If you usually keep the skis on your car roof while heading to your winter camping tent, the skis could feature salt on their bases. Cleaning your skis should help you get rid of all these elements.
To clean the skis, you will simply need to use a cloth, a bronze base brush, and water. You can wash the skis outside using a garden hose. If you prefer, you can wash them in the shower.
Give the skis a good washing with water, but avoid power hosing your ski bindings – you do not want to push water into your binding mechanism.
Once the skis are dry, brush them gently with the base grain. Be sure to do this from the top to the bottom and not from side to side. Brushing skis with a steel or bronze brush will help get rid of the remaining dirt. Finally, use a cloth to wipe the bases.
Before you learn how to store skis, you must understand how to perform edge work. On top of being a great end of season practice, edge work will ensure that you have sharp edges the next time you decide to grab your ski pole and head to the slopes.
Rust is enemy number 1 to skis – the bars available on the edges can be a haven from rust. Sharpening the edges using an ideal edge tool should help get rid of the rust.
A good layer of hot wax over the ski edges and bases will help prevent rust and also keep dampness away.
When waxing skis, the first thing you will need to do is scrape off the residual wax. This should give you a clean base for the summer coat. Next, use a waxing iron to heat the summer wax and then dribble it over your ski bottom, from the tip to the tail. Finally, use the waxing iron to smooth the wax, ensuring that the coat is evenly distributed.
Protecting the Bindings
The ski bindings usually serve as the middle man, existing between you and the skis. The bindings need care before storing skis.
While different people may store their bindings in different ways, the most straightforward way should work perfectly for you. To ensure that when you mount the bindings the next season they will work ideally, begin by dialing down the DIN settings using a screwdriver – this will release the tension. Before storing skis and bindings, ensure that both are completely dry.
Remember: When it is time to wear the ski gloves and hit the slopes again, turn the DIN screws back to the original settings. This should help you avoid getting ejected. If necessary, cover the bindings with a note so that you do not forget.
How to Store Skis
At this point, we are assuming that you have finished preparing the skis for storage. When it comes to storing skis, the natural reaction is generally shoving them in the garage or attic. However, this is not a good idea – temperature changes, which are pretty come in the garages and attics, may greatly affect the skis.
Essentially, the skis are not supposed to deal with extreme temperature changes. They should neither get hot or damp. When storing skis, ensure that they will be residing in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Since garages and attics may end up getting too hot and damp during the summer, you will need to find another ideal place for storing skis. The best place we can suggest is your house – say, under the bed. As a living space, your house will feature good temperature control – what suits you will suit the skis.
We wouldn’t have shown you how to store skis correctly if we did not inform you that the skis may end up warping if you are not careful. To make sure that your skis will still have a desirable shape the next season when you wear your ski helmet, avoid putting any strain on them.
While leaning them against objects or hanging the skis is always a good idea, the best in-home option is to lay the skis on their sides on the ground. As long as you won’t be altering the ski rocker or camber shape, you can always strap them lightly together by the tails and tips.
Storing Other Ski Accessories
At this point, you should be familiar with how to store skis. Now, we will go ahead and show you how you can store the other accessories you usually use when exploring the snow.
Clean the boots well and then remove the liner. Ensure that the ski boot liner and shell are completely dry. Check to make sure that the shell buckles up loosely. As with the skis, you should store both the liners and boots in a cool dry place. Ensure that they are not compressed at all when storing them.
Heat-molded liners may end up losing their shape if you store them in an area that is too hot or a space that features extreme changes in temperatures. To avoid these temperature variations, consider putting the boots and liners in your ski boot bag and then place them in the closet.
A good clean and then allowing the poles to dry should be enough. To prevent the formation of rust, keep the poles away from dampness. Tie the poles and then store them together with the skis.
Clean the ski goggles with either mild soap and water or a solution ideal for cleaning plastic lenses. If possible, use the cleaning solution recommended for your ski goggles. A microfiber cloth, which is usually provided with the ski goggles, should help you clean them.
After cleaning the goggles, put them in a hard case or the box you received them in. Hard cases are generally more ideal considering that they usually protect the goggles from knocks.
Tip: Inventory the Ski Gear
After exploring the snow for a whole season, chances are, your ski gear will have taken some beating. Depending on how old the gear is, you may have to replace some of the things.
Waiting for the winter season so that you can replace or repair your gear is never a good idea – everyone will be rushing to the ski shops. As you probably already know, when the demand increases, prices tend to go up. Additionally, if you are proactive about inventorying your gear, you should be able to go skiing while everyone else is waiting around in the ski shops.
Check your ski jacket, if it has lost its weatherproof coating, consider replacing it. If your ski goggles are currently affecting your visibility negatively, consider investing in some new goggles. Basically, before storing skis, go through the backcountry ski gear list and make sure that everything is capable of performing optimally.
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If storing skis over the summer was bothering you before, this should not be an issue anymore. In this article, we have included everything you need to know about how to store skis. Be sure to store the skis in your house. The garage or attic may feature extreme temperatures and dampness – both could damage the skis.
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