When the snow melts and the chairlifts close for the season, it’s common to shuffle your winter gear into storage, replacing it with summer equipment. For months, your ski equipment languishes in a garage or basement, ignored until the air turns crisp once more.
When you do get ready to hit the slopes again, you’re likely to find skis and boards in desperate need of waxing and bindings that need adjusting. You may even find an unpleasant surprise: rust building up on the edges of your gear. The truth is, your ski and snowboard equipment needs to be maintained year round, not just during the winter months. It’s important to periodically tune up your gear so it’s in top condition when the next season rolls around.
There are several ways to keep your gear in top condition:
Store your snowboard and skis somewhere dry
It can be to throw your winter equipment in a corner of the garage, but this is inviting the environment to wreak havoc on them! Instead, find a place inside where it’s cool and dry, where they won’t be able to get damp or exposed to bright sunlight.
While you’re at it, make sure you store them in a position that doesn’t put too much pressure on the bindings. Lie them flat and even, and don’t hang them.
Wax your equipment to ward off rust
The last thing you want is to pull your skis out in the fall to see little red flakes of rust accumulated on the edges. Protect your gear by sharpening the edges and putting a solid layer of wax over them. Keep this wax in place (rather than scraping it off) to protect your equipment throughout the summer season.
Don’t forget your shoes
Whether you’re a skier or a snowboarder, take some time to check your boots. Make sure the padding isn’t worn and the bindings fit correctly. Store your boots somewhere dry, and replace any fabric that’s showing signs of wear and tear.
When you take the time to prepare your ski equipment for the summer season you extend its life, allowing you to hit the slopes in record time when winter falls.