May 4 2015
May 4 2015
May 4 2015
May 4 2015
May 4 2015
May 4 2015
It’s the most depressing moment of the winter for this Powderhound... the day I have to pack up my skis. But, I remind myself, this isn’t a goodbye to my gear... it’s simply a “see ya later.” If it’s stored the right way, it will be ready to go for that first powder day next season!
Proper storage is something most people don’t think about when they take their gear to the garage. But, there are a few little things you can do right now that will make a big difference heading into the next season. I talked with the pros at Rossignol, Smith, Eider and Podium Ski Services to bring their knowledge directly to you.
Skis, we beat them up all season long. By May, you’ve skied over rocks, maybe left them in the Thule box a little too long, or just put them through basic wear and tear. Some people put storage wax on their skis before putting them away, but Jeff at Podium Ski Services says, that is just an unnecessary step. Instead, Jeff says, get them tuned up and ready to go for next season... right now! Many ski tuners become bike shops over the summer, so Jeff says you should call your shop before taking your skis to get tuned. You can call Jeff at 435-658-2100. Do it now, and avoid the mad rush in November... they may even get a little extra TLC. When they’re done, store them in a dry area with consistent temperature. No crawl spaces, no attics.
They’re sweaty. And gross. They’re sweaty-gross. And you probably plan on just tossing them in your boot bag and calling it a day. Bad idea. The pros at Rossignol say, you need to first remove your liners and let them dry out. Next, inspect the toe and heel. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, take them to a technician for a visual inspection. Once all that is done, reinsert your liners, buckle your boots completely, then store them in a cool, DRY place. Dry... now there’s a climate your boots aren’t used to.
This is a good time to get those checked out as well. Rossignol suggests this maintenance every year, or every 30 days of skiing. Whichever comes first. Jeff on the other hand says you can also wait till the fall to get them tested. Your weight may fluctuate between now and November. Doing a test in the fall will be more accurate.
It’s tempting to just leave these guys on your helmet and call it a day. But according to the folks at Smith, that’s the last thing you want to do. First, take them off your helmet to keep the elastic bands from stretching out over the next few months. Second, clean them off thoroughly and dry them before putting them in a protective case. This will guard your lenses, and keep the dust at bay.
Last but not least, your coat and pants. Between snickers bars, snotty tissues (you know it’s true) and lip balm explosions... it’s time for a cleaning. You might think washing your ski gear will strip the weatherproofing qualities, but the team at Eider says, that is not the case at all. The exterior faces normal wear and tear and UV exposure, the inside can get a bit funky from your skin and sweat combo. Both of those things affect waterproofing and breathability. Washing your clothes actually helps restore the Durable Waterproof Resistance on the exterior... especially the areas where you see the most wear.
So, here’s what you need to know. According to Eider, you should never dry clean your gear. They say, the chemicals are too hash. Instead, make sure you empty everything out of your pockets, cut off all ski passes, or whatever else may be stuck to your gear and zip up all pockets. If you have a stain, pretreat that before throwing it into the wash. You want to wash them in a delicate cycle, with cold water on a slow spin. Make sure there are no other articles of clothing in the wash. Try to find a gentile detergent made for outerwear.
Finally, dry them on low heat to reactivate the waterproofing (if label advises it) otherwise, hang them and let them air dry. To see if weatherproofing was restored, drizzle a little water over the fabric and see if it beads up. If not, you can buy a spray like Nikwax and spot treat the areas that need a little weatherproofing. Once dry, store your gear in a cool dry place.
And that’s it! Your gear will be happy and ready for next season. Now try to find something fun to do like one of these hikes that Ski Utah's Snow Travelista recommends, and let the countdown to next winter begin.
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Steve P \ 8.0 years ago
A Great place to store skis or snowboards is under your bed! The temperature stays constant, low humidity, and there probably Great place to store skis or snowboards is under your bed! The temperature stays constant, low humidity, isn't much under there anyway.
Get'r Done \ 8.0 years ago
What about gloves? Leather ones - Sooo stinky and not super moisture repellent like they once were -
BMcC \ 8.1 years ago
So on the ski storage...
If you don't get a tune, should I start least do a storage wax? Will bases really dry out and be ruined over the off-season?
KNCUDA \ 8.0 years ago
After the ski season is over, my shop waxes my skis with regular all temp ski wax, but doesn't scrape it. This is not to protect the bases, but more to keep the edges from rusting in storage. It's a quick 5-10 minute job to scrape them before skiing the next winter. No storage wax required!
n/a \ 8.1 years ago
So I've been told by my guys that if your the type of person that tunes his or her skis maybe once or twice a year then storage wax is pretty pointless. Essentially you beat the pants off your gear all season long, then all of a sudden you are worried about your skis drying out in the off season when they are perfectly safe in sound in your garage. On the other hand, if you actually tune your skis yourself, or if you have them brought into a shop five to ten times a season then you may actually be that person who really takes super good care of their equipment. Then the answer becomes, no it doesn't hurt at all to put storage wax on. Apparently storage wax is nothing more than just inexpensive wax. Wax you really don't want to ski on. Now it's Fall, you want to ski the first chance you get. Now you're going to have to scrape your skis and re-wax them, essentially giving them a full tune. So the logic from my guys. Put your skis away ready to go for next year and you'll be all set. Hope that makes sense. Why spend an extra $20 on a storage wax?
Scott Dillman \ 8.1 years ago
I washed my Goretex ski jacket. I tried to dry it following the manufacturers instructions. The outside was dry but the inside lining was very wet. I had to turn the jacket inside out and redried it. Now it is dry and can be put up for the summer.
kurt Warner \ 8.1 years ago
is it necessary to turn your bindings down for the season?
n/a \ 8.1 years ago
Kurt, according to my guys at Podium Ski Service they tell me it's really unnecessary to turn down your bindings if they were made in the past 10 years. Podium suggests that you get a binding test done in the fall and not the spring. That's because your weight can fluctuate in the off season and it's best for them to have the most accurate info to get you fit right. (Binding manufactures actually recommend that you get this test done every 30 days) Also you will probably need to have your bindings adjusted to fit your boots again because your toe pieces may be warn if you're a heavy skier or if you get a new pair of boots in the off season.