Spring is upon us, and with it, an end to winter sports.
Sure, there are snowy slopes you can still visit, but for the most part, when spring rolls around it’s time to put away your winter gear until the really cold weather returns.
One important thing to keep in mind is that, while your gear is designed for rigorous activity, you still need to store it as if it’s delicate. Time, heat, and humidity can all take their toll on winter sports gear.
Don’t worry. We’ll give you tips for how to store it right.
Consider Climate Control
Your snow gear is designed for cold weather. One ironic thing about the weather in this country is that if an area gets really cold in the winter, there’s a good chance it gets really hot in the summer.
You’ll need to make sure your gear is protected from the heat and humidity that can damage it. The humidity can be especially damaging, as it can corrode metal parts and encourage mold to grow on your equipment.
Units with climate control generally rent for 30% less than standard units. This extra expense is worthwhile, as it will keep your gear in good shape.
It’s also better for all your belongings. Climate-controlled units are maintained between 50 and 80 degrees, and sometimes in an even tighter temperature range, and between 30% and 50% humidity.
Clean and Dry Your Gear Thoroughly
Before storing any of your gear, clean it and dry it. We’ll cover the basics for each major item type in a moment.
There are a few reasons you’ll want to do this. Dirt and grime can attract pests, both rodents and bugs, so cleaning is essential. Grit on your items can also erode them over time. Moisture can also attract pests and encourage mold to grow on your gear.
Snowboards and Skis
The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to storing skis is this: do not store them in a ski bag. Those may be great for carrying your skis when heading to the slopes, but in storage, they attract moisture. We’ve already covered how that can damage your skis. Clean and dry the bag according to the manufacturer’s instructions and store it empty.
Before putting your skis and snowboards in storage, clean them thoroughly. You’ll also want to fix core shots, sharpen edges, and wax them. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you can hire a ski shop to do it. In your unit, the easiest and best way to store your skis is with a freestanding ski storage rack.
Similarly, a good freestanding snowboard storage rack can store four boards.
Ski suits are great for keeping you warm while gliding down snowy mountains. They’re also quite expensive, and it’s in your best interest to keep yours in good shape throughout the year.
To accomplish this, thoroughly wash and dry your suit before you store it.
When the suit is completely dry, apply durable water repellent (DWR). This coating will keep your suit water-resistant. In storage, hang it up to store it. This will allow the fabric to breathe.
Ski boots keep your feet warm and protected, so make sure you protect them in storage.
To wash your boots, add a bit of gentle detergent to a bucket or your bathtub then fill it with cold water. Put the ski boot inserts into the water and allow them to soak for fifteen minutes. Remove them and rinse them under cold running water.
Make sure to let them dry completely. You can use a blow drier or a special boot dryer if you want to get it done efficiently. Alternately, you can let them sit for long enough to dry out on their own.
When they’re in storage, the last thing you want for your boots is for them to grow mold and stink. Oh yes, while they’re in storage, buckle them to your size. This will ensure they keep their shape but aren’t too tight to put on come winter.
We also recommend putting them on a shelf in your storage unit, or at least off the floor.
With the right measures in place, your snow gear will last you for years.