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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Well, I think our season is pretty much over.  We went out with a bang at Snowshoe, WV last weekend with almost perfect conditions on Friday and very decent ones on Saturday.

 

So, I noticed a bit of rust on the edges of my skis prior to hitting the slopes last week.  That made me wonder about "summerizing" my skis.

 

So what should I do them to keep them pristine for next season?  I store them in a nice dry, climate controlled interior closet, properly supported.  I feel pretty good about my storate set up, but I am wondering if there is any kind of special cleaning or waxing I should do.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 14

Aw man, this kind of thread alreadyfrown.gif

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Alas, in the southeast ski season quickly gives into motorcycle and lawncare season...

post #4 of 14
Well, I'm guessing the bit of rust if you've been skiing at all this season is from putting the ski bottoms together at the end of the day before they are completely dry. I put mine on the locker separated and I have friends who religiously wipe down their skis every day before putting them away.

For summer storage in a damp part of the country, at least run a block of wax down the edges.

In dry areas, if you have skis that were religiously waxed all winter, you may not need to do anything. I used to worry about this, but the last three summers the skis were just fine, at least the older skis. New skis, that had hardly been waxed, were in need of lots of brushing and waxing compared to the older ones. But no disasters occurred.
post #5 of 14

Brush them off.  See if there are any repairs that are required, either on the edges or base.  Wipe them down.  Run some soft wax along the edges, the base too if you'd like, and put 'em away.  

 

Next season, scrape off the soft wax, check for storage dings, tune if necessary. Find a hill, click in, ski.

post #6 of 14

I have a storage locker at the International Space Station where I keep them hermetrically sealed and in orbit at zero Gs off season..

 

Well, not really hahaha..

 

 

 

 

I give them a light tune, slather some all purpose wax on with an iron, but don't scrape it off, also rub some wax on the side edges.  Some people turn down their binding DIN to relieve stress from the springs and housings.  I've found that to not be necessary since binding housing materials have improved.  It certainly helped with bindings made in the 80s though.

post #7 of 14

Aside from putting a little wax on the bases and edges and turning the DIN down (can't hurt to just do it), I've also read that storing the skis locked together by their brakes can take some of the camber out of the skis, not sure if this is true but I will be storing my skis separated just in case!

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by east or bust View Post

Aside from putting a little wax on the bases and edges and turning the DIN down (can't hurt to just do it), I've also read that storing the skis locked together by their brakes can take some of the camber out of the skis, not sure if this is true but I will be storing my skis separated just in case!


I hang mine by the tips similar to the photo below i borrowed.  Not sure I'd do this with full rockers, but it works well for preserving camber in regular skis.

 

post #9 of 14

A heavy coat of a cold snow wax. really let it soak in and no scraping off the wax. Most shops will do a storage wax for 10 to 15 bucks. not a bad deal just need to scrape them in the fall. 

post #10 of 14
I iron on soft, warm wax and don't scrape.
post #11 of 14

I would throw in, if there are any parts of the binding that look like they need grease, or have really old dirty caked on grease, I would clean those sections up and put new grease on them.  This is only what I do.  So disclaimer for the pedantic: the bindings' owner's manual will say a user should not service anything, and only a certified shop should touch your bindings, there I said it.

 

Specifically I put a glob under either side of the AFD, and anywhere else in the moving parts of where I see some blobs of the old dirty goo.  

If you have demo/system rail bindings, I would also put a little grease on the rails too and give those one or two slides up and down to spread it out.

I use a general white lithium based grease.  (Actual goo in tube, not anything in spraycan or liquid lubricant).

post #12 of 14

Depends.

 

But I'm willing to bet that 99.9% of the skiing public (that is: not the gear-obsessed who post on forums smile.gif)-- including frequent, expert skiers-- don't do anything special to store their skis. They put them under the bed, in the closet, in the garage, under the stairs, or on the wall with nary a wax job, edge check, etc. Some will get these tuned and waxed and maybe ground early the next season; some won't.

 

None of their skis will suffer. 

 

If for whatever reason it makes you feel good to store in a certain way in an attempt to preserve edges/springs/camber/rocker/base/whatever-- it surely won't hurt. But it's not making a big difference either. 

post #13 of 14
The most important thing is to store them somewhere visible enough that they will catch your eye on some random day in August and remind you of the joy of living. smile.gif
post #14 of 14

Solid advice from all.  Good thread.  Glad you had a good time during the bonus time at Snowshoe.

 

Here's an Epicski article about storing skis that says much the same.

http://www.epicski.com/a/storing-skis-for-summer

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