Storing sports equipment from football gear to snowboards is critical to keeping the gear in good working condition for upcoming seasons. Winter recreational equipment such as skis and snowboards are no exception to this rule. Ski equipment can be costly, and you want to protect your investment by making an effort to take proper care of it. Doing so will extend the life of your skis, ski boots and snowboards allowing you to continue using the skis for many years to come.
How to Prepare Skis and Ski Boots for Storage
Below are a some tips to prepare skis and ski boots for storage at home or in a storage unit during the spring and summer months:
- Examine the Equipment: Check your skis, snowboards and ski boots before placing them in storage. If they need repairs, get them done in the spring or summer, so they will be in good condition and ready for your next winter ski vacation.
- Clean the Skis and Snowboards: Spray the skis or snowboard with a garden hose to remove salt, dirt, grime and residue collected during the season. Scrub the harder to clean substances with a citrus solution and then rinse with water and allow to dry.
- Tune Up: Have the ski equipment professionally “tuned up” in the spring to avoid the fall rush. Tuning means sharpening the edges and taking care of any burrs that have gotten into the sides of the boards or skis. After tuning, add a coat of wax to give a snowboard or skis extra protection. There is no need to “relax” the binding on the boards, however if you decide to do so, place tape across the toe of the boot to remind you to tighten them before you head out skiing again.
- Cleaning and storing boots: Ski boots should be cleaned inside and out before placing in storage. First, take out the insoles and inserts of the boots for cleaning. Next wipe the interior of the boots with a damp cloth and wipe the soles and outside of the boots. S Let them completely dry before storing so mildew does not develop inside the boot. When they are dry, tie up the laces and buckle the straps so the boots can keep their proper shape. Store ski boots in a zippered boot bag, in a cool dry place such as an interior closet. Do not store boots on a basement floor, in a crawl space or attic.
- Vertical Storage: It is recommended that you store skis and snowboards standing vertically on their tails.
Ski and Snowboard Storage Solutions
Ski equipment can take up a lot of storage space in a home, and skis may be too tall to fit in a normal-sized closet. Renting a self-storage unit is a great ski storage solution, and will free up space in your home for other household storage needs. Skis need to be stored upright, which requires tall ceilings. ezStorage offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5x5 to 10x30 with eight foot tall ceilings. ezStorage has secure storage solutions systems that will give customers peace of mind that their ski equipment is safe while in storage.