Just because skis can withstand friction for a long time while gliding over snow does not mean that they are durable all the time. Skis are not like other outdoor sports items that you can just directly hide inside a closet when not in use. They are only heavy-duty during winter. For other seasons, you have to know how to store skis properly.
Why All the Trouble?
People who are meticulous in storing their skis are not overreacting and paranoid. Skis easily get broken when temperature significantly changes. Here are other reasons why we must store our skis right:
There are several components to form one whole ski. These components are usually connected by glue and lamination in the most secure way possible. If you absentmindedly put your skis in a garage, intense heat during summer can loosen the effect of the binding materials.
Skis are long and slightly slim. That’s why they must be kept away from heavy objects that could fall from shelves if ever an earthquake occurs. If you want to make the skis stand for storage, make sure to secure them to avoid slips. Long, thin objects are fragile when there is an impact right in their middle part.
Next Winter Activities
Skis must still be in their best form for next year’s winter season to keep you safe from accidents. Besides, good skis are more fun to use because their smoothness promotes flawless rides. It is also nice to show people that your skis are still shiny and smooth.
How to Store Skis
Before storing your skis, you must prepare them for a long break from snow and action. You actually do not have to go through all these processes since there are special shops for that.
However, DIY has its perks. It is way more affordable and can even be entertaining for some people. You also do not have to go outside anymore, which is more rewarding if you are such a home buddy. Take a look at these simple tips on how to store skis:
It is outrageous how accessible the required materials are, thinking that prepping the skis for storage sounds like a tough job. You only need an edge tool, storage wax, a waxing iron, a base brush made of steel or bronze, a cloth, and warm water.
Snow looks so pristine because of its white color, but it has a lot of dirt and slush. No wonder skis need thorough cleaning before storage. Skis may even have salt all over if they are kept in the car during the trip to and from the snowy mountains.
The materials needed for cleaning are the brush, cloth, and water. You can even go the extra mile by washing the skis not with a bowl of warm water but with a garden hose or a refreshing bath in the shower. However, when you simply prefer warm water, just soak the cloth in it and completely wipe the skis. If you prefer the garden hose, do not overwhelm the bindings with pressure. Do not let water enter the bindings.
After completely drying the skis, softly brush them by following their bases’ grain. This means you have to move your hand up and down, not left and right. The process aims to completely eliminate dirt. After brushing, use a cloth to wipe the skis again.
The next process focuses on preventing rust from deteriorating the skis’ quality. Burrs around the edges attract rust. Tuning includes sharpening the skis’ edges. It requires edge tools specially made for skis.
This is probably the most crucial process to ensure the best storage condition for your skis. Spread hot wax on the edges and bases. The layer must be thin yet completely covers the necessary parts. The purpose behind this is to – again – stop rust from accumulating and resist moisture. It is so obvious that rust is the enemy of skis. To end this process, scrape off the wax after it becomes totally dry.
Since we are talking about protecting the whole ski from storage dilemmas, bindings are definitely included in the whole process. The bindings are essential to keep you secure while riding the ski. Some people reserve a special storage technique for bindings. However, the most recommended method is by lowering the DIN setting. Use a screwdriver to loosen it. You can also clean the bindings with a damp cloth. Just make sure that they are completely dry before storage.
Finally, you are ready to store your skis. The challenge here is to find an area that can totally contain these bulky things. Sadly, the common practice is to just leave the skis in the attic or the garage. After all, why not make use of the available space? However, we will never suggest that. These enclosed areas will really take a toll on your skis because they can boost the effect of temperature change, especially if the weather gets too hot.
The best storage area for skis can be summarized in just three words: dark, dry and cool. You can actually put the skis under your bed. Just make sure that your bed gives a big space underneath if ever your skis have rockers and chambers. For additional measure, you can gently strap both ends of the skis.
How to Store Other Skiing Gear
Aside from skis, you also have to pay attention to other things you need for skiing. Common examples are goggles, poles, and boots. Check out our tips on how to store them correctly:
In cleaning ski goggles, use a cleaning solution specially made for a plastic lens. Some brands of goggles recommend specific cleaning solution products which can be found online. If you do not have a cleaning solution, you can resort to mild soap and warm water. When it comes to the cloth, use the microfiber type to wipe and buff the lenses. You can also use the free cloth that comes with newly purchased goggles. Let the goggles dry first before storage.
To store goggles, simply put them in a hard case. You can still use their box or pouch, but hard cases are perfect for a stronger protection.
Like skis, poles must also be cleaned and dried before storage. Their number one enemy is also rust. Because of similar needs, you can store the poles together with the skis. Tie the poles together for safe keeping. Besides, you might forget where you placed the poles if you store them separately from the skis.
While cleaning the ski boots, remove their liner. Their shell and liner must be completely dry. Make sure that the shell is loose enough. The boots and their accessories must also be stored in a dry spacious place with a cool temperature. One of the best storage areas for ski boots is the closet.
See, learning how to store skis is like a walk in the park. The materials and techniques needed for cleaning and storage can definitely be handled by novice ski owners. So, there is no reason anymore to just leave the skis inside the garage or the attic as if they are junk.
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