As the days get warmer and the snow sadly starts to melt, it’s time to think about storing your ski equipment. Unless you’re going to New Zealand or another summertime ski destination, you probably won’t use your gear for at least six months. If you don’t want your ski edges to rust or your ski coat to smell, you’ll need to store them properly. Our guide will walk you through the basic storage techniques for each key item of equipment.
Washing a Ski Jacket & Trousers
- Program your washing machine to a synthetic 30 degrees cycle and add detergent
- Add two white tennis balls to stop your down jacket from clumping
- Complete a second rinse cycle to make sure there isn’t any remaining washing detergent
How to Dry a Ski Jacket & Trousers
Drying your ski suit properly prevents it from smelling when stored over summer. The easiest way to make sure your coat and trousers are dry is by using a tumble dryer. However, you can still get a dry coat by hanging or laying your coat out -- it’ll just take much longer.
Drying a Ski Jacket with a Tumble Dryer
- Program your dryer to a soft or delicate cycle
- Add two tennis balls to air a down feather jacket
- Run several cycles to make sure your coat is thoroughly dry
- Between cycles, fluff the jacket to prevent lumps
Drying a Ski Jacket without a Tumble Dryer
- Lay your ski coat and trousers flat down in a dry place
- Wait for one to two weeks
- As you wait, occasionally fluff the jacket to avoid lumps (you should do this at least four to five times)
- Do NOT store till the coat is 100% dry
How to Wax Skis for Storage
At the end of the season, after you’ve finished your final run, you’ll need to bring your skis into the shop so they can be waxed and restored. If you know how to wax skis, you can also do this at home. Unlike regular waxing, we recommend leaving a layer of wax on the bottom of your skis to protect and nourish the bases during the summer months. Ski maintenance is an important part of ski ownership.
Home Ski Storage
Once your skis are waxed and restored, the best place to store them is in a warm, dry and dark indoor area to prevent rust. Leaving them in direct sunlight, like on your balcony or patio, can dry out the wax on the bottom of your skis and cause your equipment to crack.
It’s also a good idea to hang your skis side-by-side vertically with the bottoms facing each other and in a protective cover. Try to avoid the temptation to hook them together, but rather leave a small space, so the bases aren’t directly touching.
Preparing Ski Bindings for Summer Storage
At the end of the season, you should pull up and loosen your ski bindings as this will help to preserve their spring. To relax the spring, you’ll need to use a flat-head screwdriver to unscrew the screw at the front and back of the bindings. This will take the pressure off the spring. However, make sure to note down your adjustment so you can reset the binding once the summer is over.
You can also bring your skis to your closest ski shop and they can adjust your bindings to prepare them for summer storage and keep you safe on the slopes.
Ski Boot Storage Systems
Storing your ski boots properly guarantees that they’re still comfortable next season and don’t smell bad.
Before putting them away for the summer, make sure you follow these steps:
- Thoroughly air your boots by removing the liner from the plastic outer shell
- Examine the heel and toe units. If you notice any damage (like a split) or if they appear worn, you may need to have them replaced
- Buckle the buckles on the first notch to help them keep their shape
- Store your boots in a boot bag in an indoor dry and warm area. Ideal storage temperature is above 10 degrees Celsius as this will keep the plastic from cracking.
Now that you’re equipment is safely put away, sit back and count down the days till the mountain opens again!