As the season is winding down, it is a great time to bring your gear in and get it tuned up and ready for storage over the summer! This is a pretty important step in making sure that all your equipment will be ready to go for next season so that you can get out there and have a good time.
Making sure your skis are tuned before you put them away is a great idea. This will ensure that the bases will stay protected with wax and the edges will be free of rust. The question is though, what is the best way to store your equipment? For starters, your skis, boards, and boots like to live where people live. The shed, garage, or attic really aren’t a great place for them. Because of all the changes in temperature and the humidity, this will cause your gear to prematurely wear. The edges will rust much quicker, the bases will dry out quicker, and it is also a great way for your boots to become a new home for the little critters like mice and squirrels.
The best thing to do is toss your skis in the back of the closet or under the bed. This way they will be in a more stable environment that doesn’t see huge changes in temperature and humidity. They will be out of the way so you don’t need to worry about tripping over them (and hopefully they will bring you dreams of fresh pow all summer long!). Make sure to keep your boots buckled or laced up. This will help to maintain the shape that they are meant to be in.
All too often, we have customers bring in their boots and ask us why they are having such a hard time getting in and out of them and getting them buckled and un buckled. The plastic gets stiffer and wants to stay wide open causing you a lot more effort to get them buckled up. And thats just no fun. We all spend a lot of money on our equipment and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we really want it to last as long as possible!