Storing Your Skis for Summer: What You Need to Know
Ski season is long-gone and summer is in full swing. While this time of year is excellent for outdoor recreation—hiking, mountain biking, team sports, the list goes on—you should keep ski season in the back of your mind. Specifically, you should learn how to properly store your skis to ensure they’re in great shape when you get back on the slopes.
The way you treat your skis when the season ends makes all the difference in how they perform. Luckily, you can prep your skis for storage in just a few minutes. Here’s what you’ll need.
- Base conditioning (or all-temperature) wax
- Waxing iron
- Sturdy rubber bands
- Plastic scraper
- Nylon brush
- Cloth or rag
Storage wax is designed to limit contact between the ski’s bases and oxygen, thus hindering the oxidation process. In applying a coat of wax before summer storage, you ensure your bases stay in good shape. Before applying the wax, dry your skis thoroughly using a cloth or rag to thoroughly dry the bases, edges, and crevices. Additionally, to ensure the springs in your bindings stay true, unscrew the small screws on the front of the toe piece and on the rear of the heel piece.
Then, use heavy-duty rubber bands to get the brakes of your bindings out of the way. Use a plastic scraper to remove excess wax, paying special attention to the tip and tail of the skis. Use the nylon brush to pull any leftover wax out of the structure of the skis. Make a few passes to make sure all old wax is out. When the bases are clean, apply the storage wax.
Once your skis are cleaned, wax, and hardened, choose a good place to store your skis. Basements, attics, and garages are always risky, as high temperatures can damage plastic. Opt instead for a closet in a temperature-controlled room.