Once the sun starts to come out and shine, it means that the snow has melted and it’s time for your skis and ski boots to hibernate over the summer (unless you plan on traveling of course). It’s important during the offseason that you properly store your skis and ski boots to ensure that they last. You spend a lot of money on your equipment, and part of the investment is also put into proper care and storage. Here are some tips on how to store your skis and ski boots the right way.
Clean Your Boots
After you’ve taken out the soles of your boots, wipe the interior and exterior of your boot with a damp cloth which will prevent dirt and grime from collecting on the outside of the boot. Make sure that the interior is completely dry before putting the liner back into your boot in order to prevent mildew from forming on the inside of your boot.
Dry the Liner
You should technically be drying your ski boot liner after every ski session in order to prevent mildew and other funk from developing in your boot. However, this is especially important when you’re storing them during the offseason. You can purchase a boot dryer in order to make the process easier, or you can take the liners out of the boot and let them air dry. Ensure that they are completely dry before you put them back in the boot for storage.
Buckle the Boot
Ski boots will lose their shape if they’re stored without tightening the buckle. In order to ensure their shape and wear for the next season, store your ski boots upright and with the loosest buckle tightened so that the boot doesn’t lose their shape.
Storing Your Boots
The best method for ski boot storage is to keep them in a zippered ski boot bag, then place the boot bag in a cool dry place like an interior closet. Don’t keep ski boots without a boot bag on the basement floor, attic or in a crawl space.
Examine Your Skis
Believe it or not, but a garden hose and a towel are the ultimate tools to help you clean dirt and grime off your skis. When you’re spraying your skis down, try not to get water into the bindings and do not use detergents and degreasers as they can affect the binding lubricant.
The offseason is the best time to get your skis repaired or tuned up. Shops have plenty of time during the summer to help you to fix your bases and sharpen the edges. If you wait until the week before your annual ski trip, we can guarantee that you’ll be waiting a while.
Wax the Skis
Waxing is an integral part of your skincare routine. After your last run, scrape off any old wax and coat them with a thick layer of hot wax. Use about two to three times the amount you’d use normally and let it set. Do not scrape it off! The thick wax will prevent rust from forming on the edges and keep your bases from drying out.
Storing skis upright is best, however, you don’t need to heavily climate-controlled room. It’s best to keep them indoors away from the elements and sun, and ideally in a position that doesn’t create pressure on the camber or rocker. A ski bag is not the best option as any leftover moisture in the bag can lead to rust forming on your skis earlier.