Say it ain’t so! The ski season may be over in most of the country and that means one thing, preparation for ski gear storing. You’re in luck, we have just the end of ski season checklist for you.
Ski season may be over for most of the country but don’t cry. It will be back again next winter. In the meantime, you need to properly care for and store your ski equipment over the summer to ensure it lasts for many seasons to come.
First up—your apparel. At a minimum, you need to wash and dry your base layers, jacket, and pants according to the directions. If you have worn your jacket and pants for numerous seasons or washed them often, now might be a good time to revitalize the durable water repellent (DWR) coating with a special waterproofing wash and a turn in the dryer. Store your apparel hanging in a closet or folded neatly in a drawer or large plastic container, out of direct sunlight.
Boots: Chances are your boots got a little muddy from your last spring skiing session. Armed with a rag and mildly soapy water, wipe down the outside of each boot from top-to-bottom, paying special attention to areas around the buckles and under each flap. When finished, make sure you thoroughly dry them out, both inside and out, or you will end up with moldy ski boots come fall. Buckle your boots to ensure the plastic shell holds it shape, and store them in a closet or even your boot bag.
Accessories: Take your helmet, goggles, gloves, avalanche beacon and other snow safety tools, and place them in a large plastic container to store in a cool dry place. This way, you have everything together to grab and go once the snow starts falling next winter.
Skis: You know very well about fall and winter tune ups, but what about a summer tune up? Similar to in-season maintenance, you need to address any repairs, grind your base, sharpen your edges to keep them rust free, and wax. Except this time, don’t remove the excess. The extra wax will protect your skis from corrosion, dry-air, and dirt in storage. If you don’t want to do it yourself, simply bring your skis to your local ski shop and ask for a summer wax. When winter comes, you will be ready to scrape off the excess wax and go.
Once the maintenance is done, where should you store your skis? The garage should be fine right? Wrong. Skis are a bit like wine—they like regulated temperature and moisture levels. Find a cool, dry place such as a closet or even under your bed. For those that live in particularly hot places like Arizona, storing them in your garage could lead to delimitation from the glue melting in the heat.
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