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Is there any problem with leaving skis in an unheated outside closet in the winter? I don't have a garage. I think they need to be enclosed for security and I'm tired of thawing them out inside every night.  I'm thinking of adding a closet off the back porch to put them in overnight. I can insulate and add a little heat it it's important but it complicates the project. Is heat needed to dry out the bindings so they release properly?

post #2 of 9

Some folks store their skis in the car top box outdoors for weeks at a time.  Not ideal, but not so bad as temps remain below freezing.  Your bindings can freeze up just sitting outside the lodge during lunch but seem to crack loose just fine when you step in.   I'd be more concerned for the times above freezing when moisture, dew, etc can lead to corrosion in a very short time.  The nice thing about keeping them in climate controlled area is they stay dry once they thaw out and are wiped down.  Outdoors they can collect a lot more dew and condensation in the humidity.

 

I'm actually using a walled in porch with an electric heater in the winter and a small A/C unit in the summer.  It does quite well in those regards, much better than a garage or shed.

post #3 of 9

I don't think it necessary.  I just remodeled a small slopeside condo and couldn't find the room for one inside.  So we fabbed a lockable

ski rack on the wall outside? 

I also leave a spare pair outside the patrol shack on top all year. Which I just realized I left there since I canceled my closing day trip? oops!

post #4 of 9

If you are concerned about the moisture stick a Dri-Z-Air in the cabinet.  They do a pretty good job at reducing effects from due or condensation, just be sure to drain them occasionally.  Simple is good.

post #5 of 9

Lots of people leave skis outside with no problems. If you leave the skis unused for long periods the worst you will get is some surface rust on the edges that is usually scrapped off by skiing.

 

Leaving skis for long periods in the sun will cause ski graphics to fade.

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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post

Is there any problem with leaving skis in an unheated outside closet in the winter? I don't have a garage. I think they need to be enclosed for security and I'm tired of thawing them out inside every night.  I'm thinking of adding a closet off the back porch to put them in overnight. I can insulate and add a little heat it it's important but it complicates the project. Is heat needed to dry out the bindings so they release properly?

 

Leave 'em cold.  

 

Too bad you don't live in xc ski country or you could sell that closet design to your neighbors.

post #7 of 9

A little wax on the edges if you're going to leave them for a while--wax at the end of the stay, scrape when you return.  I believe skis and bindings are designed to function in the cold. Mine are in an unheated garage.  When I've stayed at resorts with ski rooms, the ski rooms are unheated. 

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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post

Is there any problem with leaving skis in an unheated outside closet in the winter? I don't have a garage. I think they need to be enclosed for security and I'm tired of thawing them out inside every night.  I'm thinking of adding a closet off the back porch to put them in overnight. I can insulate and add a little heat it it's important but it complicates the project. Is heat needed to dry out the bindings so they release properly?


If you insulate the closet, a light bulb will probably heat it. But why bother? The equipment is made to function in the cold.
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Thanks. I will build the closet.
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