How to properly store equipment for summer
April 26, 2013
With the coming of summer also comes the inevitable end of ski season. You've kept your gear in great shape over the course of the winter; you've kept up with tuning and waxing and you've repaired any base damage that might have occurred.
Now the time has come to store the equipment for the next 5 or 6 months, and it's important to take a few steps to make sure your gear starts next season in just as good condition as it ended this season. Here are a few tips on what you can do:
Step 1: Do a full tune-up. If possible, get a stone grind on the base to remove any inconsistencies. Use P-tex to repair any scrapes, or have a professional repair any core shots or edge damage. File and sharpen your edges.
Step 2: Apply a generous coating of soft wax. Allow it to build up, but do not scrape it off. Let it sit for the summer. This will keep your bases from drying out and will give you the best possible surface next season.
Step 3: Store your equipment away from any potentially corrosive materials. Storing in some kind of a rack is best, but anywhere that the equipment will stay upright or in place without falling down and potentially damaging the edges will do.
Step 4: Boots. Whether you ski or snowboard, boots are the most important part of your set up. Make sure to give them a quick clean up before storing them away, as well as giving them a shot of Febreeze to keep the potential smell out over the summer. If you ski, buckle your boots. If you snowboard, lace your boots and tie them. You'll want them to keep their cylindrical shape to give you the best fit and performance for next year. Then, make sure the boots are dry and store them away from moisture for the summer.
Matt Hoerth is Diamond Peak's Rental Shop Manager.
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