Long gone are the late autumn days when our skis and shell jackets got our utmost attention. Exposing your ski gear to sunlight after 8 months in the darker corners of the garage and the countless hours spent at stores deciding wether you should shield yourself from the elements with gore-tex or gore-tex pro, or gore-tex ultra ultra pro. Let’s face it – winter was epic and we’re still stoked thinking about all the memories it gave us, but it’s springtime, so dry those tears and if you must pack away your ski gear, you darn well better do it properly!
Here are some of the tips and tricks for storing your winter gear so you’ll be up and ready in no time once it’s dumping again!
Skis / Snowboard
- Get the base clean – a garden hose and towel will take care of the salt, dirt, grime. Let it dry.
- Sharpen the edges to avoid the chances of rust.
- Fix all the equipment issues while they’re still fresh in your mind. Fine tune your gear.
- Wax on (but not off!) Make sure your ski/board is dry or the wax will lock the moisture in. Wax the bases – you’ll want to hot wax the bases with an all-temperature or a softer warm-weather wax to protect them from oxidation. Be generous with the wax and be sure to cover the edges, which will help keep rust away. Leave the wax on as it is – do not scrape it off!
- Strap the skis together, base-to-base, and place them away from sunlight, extreme temperatures drops and humid areas. A neutral position with no pressure on either camber or rocker is best. Do not strap your poles with the skis.
- Do not relax binding springs.
- Come winter, scrape the wax and off you go!
Clean them as well as the boot bag. Pull the liners out and make sure everything is completely dry, then do up all the buckles as if it’s on your foot for the whole summer. Check the heels and toes of your boots for wear while you’re at it, and replace if necessary. This is a great time to inspect your snowboard boot laces and replace them if they’re worn, too. Crumble some newspaper into the boots and store them in a cool, dry place.
Take em off of your helmet, air dry. Well that was easy!
The best way to destroy your waterproof jacket or pants is by not washing them and letting bacteria feast on sweat, grime, beer, hot sauce and that sip of Jägermeister you missed on shot skis. The second best way to destroy it – wash it with regular detergent and fabric softeners and it will take the magic
away. Do not bleach, do not use stain remover. Instead, look towards NIKWAX Tech Wash (or other similar liquid detergents), machine wash with warm water and then – tumble dry it on a warm, gentle cycle. Once it’s dry, tumble dry your garment to reactivate the durable water-repellent treatment on the outer fabric. Lastly, put a $10 bill in your pocket for a nice surprise!
Hand wash your gloves in lukewarm water with little aforementioned detergent. Do not use fabric softener. After washing, gently squeeze them from finger to wrist to remove any excess water. When you dry your gloves you should position them so that the wrist opening points downwards. Do not place them in direct sunlight or on a heater to dry. Dry leather gloves at room temperature. Shell gloves can be tumble dried at a low heat setting.
That’s it! Your future you will buy you a nice cold one for this.