The snow season is coming to an end and it’s time to think about how to store your gear until that powder falls gain. Improper storage of ski and snowboarding equipment can lead to lasting damage. It is especially important to keep your gear safely stored during those hot summer months. We’re here to help you get the most out of your gear, so check out our top tips to store your gear for summer!
After hitting the slopes all season, it is important to clean up your gear to ensure it in optimal conditions prior to storing it for the summer. Check the integrity of the board or skis, and sharpen the edges to clean up any rust or other damage that may have occurred throughout winter. Make sure the surfaces of the board are smooth before applying any wax.
Once your board has been sanded and sharpened, wipe off any excess dust, dirt, and debris. Lather on a thick coat of wax to help keep the board protected from the summer heat, preventing it from drying out, and start your snow season with fresh and durable gear.
No matter where you plan on storing your gear, it it best practice to wrap it to prevent rust or dust build up. Wrap it up in plastic or store it in the board bag it was sold in to keep it dry and prevent rust from developing while in storage.
Buff Up Boots
Don’t forget to clean and prepare your boots! Many people neglect the boots when packing their gear for summer. Moisture settles inside of boot each time you are out there. If moisture is ignored, it could develop into mold. Therefore, remove the liners of your boots and wipe its shell with a damp cloth. Hand-wash the liners and insoles with water and a mild cleanser, and dry them completely before placing them back into your boots for storage. Make sure the boots are tied or buckled up so that they retain their shape.
Keep it Together
Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t relax the tension in your binding springs. While it was once a necessary part of preparing your gear for storage, it’s not the case anymore. Relaxing the binding can cause the boots to lose their shape and pose a problem next time you want to get out there. If you still want to loosen your bindings, just remember that you did, so you can tighten them up come next snow season.
Make sure the area you are storing your gear in is cool and dry. It is best to store your board standing up as it helps to preserve its camber, or shape. Avoid placing your gear on a hard surface. Carpeted surfaces work best, but if you don’t have carpeted floors, you can rest your gear on old towels or Styrofoam blocks.
Keep these easy ski and snowboard storage tips in mind when packing up your snow gear this summer. They can save you lots of time and keep your wallet full in the long run. For more expert tips, give us a call or visit your local Torpedo7 Snow Workshop today.