Properly storing sports equipment is critical to keeping the gear in good condition. If you want your equipment to last for seasons to come, you have to do it right. When it comes to winter equipment, such as skis and snowboards, there is no exception.
Ski equipment can be costly, and you want to protect your investment by making an effort to take proper care of it. By taking protective measures today, you can make a real difference. Follow the steps below to enjoy your skis, ski boots and snowboards for many years to come.
How to Prepare Skis and Ski Boots for Storage
Check out the tips below to prepare you skis and ski boots for storage at home or in a storage unit. It is going to be a long off-season in storage, so make sure you do not skip a step!
- Examine the Equipment: Check your skis, snowboards and ski boots thoroughly. Before placing them in storage, check if your equipment needs repairs. Getting your skis, snowboard or ski boots repaired now will allow you to enjoy the next winter.
- Clean the Skis and Snowboards: Remove salt, dirt and grimy residue using a garden hose. Use a citrus solution to scrub hard-to-clean areas. Rinse everything 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, so that you can make sharp cuts in any conditions. Turning also means 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. 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: Clean your ski boots 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: We recommend that you store skis and snowboards standing up.
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. Doing so will free up space in your home for other household storage needs. Our tall ceillings will allow you to store skis upright, as they should be. ezStorage offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 with eight foot tall ceilings. Our ski storage solutions will give you peace of mind that your skis are safe for the off season.