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Storing Skis Separate vs Apart?

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Lately I've been trying to come up with a storage system for the skis in my garage. My question is if it is better to store the skis separately or attached together (or does it matter?). I've heard that storing them separately and leaning them bottom up against a wall can help keep water off the metal edges and prevent rust from forming, as the water runs down the top side of the ski to the ground. Anyone know if there's any truth to this?

post #2 of 10

I store mine leaning against the wall, tails on the floor, bases facing me, bindings facing the wall.  I also wipe them dry.  Works for me.

post #3 of 10

Long term or short term storage?

 

For short term, meaning just got home from the mountain and will be skiing another day, I lean my skis against my wooden workbench bases up, so that any water remaining in the bindings drips down and not along the edge of the ski. Of course this is after I wipe them dry as possible.

 

For seasonal storage, I have a rack in my garage up near the ceiling that I store them apart bases up. The rack suspends the skis near tip and tail.  Don't store your skis long term with the tails on cement. Cement is porous and water vapor usually releases from the cement floor of basement or garage. This can cause rust on your edges near the tails of the ski.

post #4 of 10
I can see this is going to be a thread where you get every answer under the sun.

Over night? In my locker, the snow knocked off good, separated. No, I don't dry them. The locker room is pretty warm and there is a grid on the top that allows air to circulate enough so that many locker owners tell others the lockers are heated. They aren't, it's an illusion.

Over the summer? In my basement, strapped together, tails on a piece of carpet. Basement is heated (utility room, so it's quite warm) and dry (finished, walk out). Any rust was from the locker storage, as when I first bring them home from skiing the last day, they are separated for a day or so so that moisture in the straps isn't trapped and held against the skis all summer). No, I don't use storage wax (used to, but after a couple years of not doing it, found that it didn't matter in this climate).
post #5 of 10

sibhusky is right, you are going to get every answer under the sun. I have my skis hanging in my garage as pairs, base to base, brakes holding them together. I used to wipe them down once I got home and no longer do so. I found that it didn't make any difference as I don't get any rust even though I don't wipe them down. Over the years I have found that rust on the edges seems to be a product of the materials used by the manufacturer in construction and not how you store them or if you wipe them down. Considering that my skis spend so much time with moisture on them since they are in the snow, I sure would hope they wouldn't rust just because they're wet and in my garage. So far, that's proven to be the case.

post #6 of 10
I just get my butler to take care of them.
post #7 of 10

I store them bases down on a Tempur-pedic mattress for the offseason. You don't want to use an innerspring mattress since the memory foam does a better job conforming to the rocker and camber profiles. Also, cover them with a down comforter for better breathability.

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I store them bases down on a Tempur-pedic mattress for the offseason. You don't want to use an innerspring mattress since the memory foam does a better job conforming to the rocker and camber profiles. Also, cover them with a down comforter for better breathability.


Do you have a 100 percent cotton cover on your down comforter?

 

If I were to store them base to base attached at tip and tail, I would have a block of wood between them at the bindings to maintain camber.

post #9 of 10

If your family has as many skis as mine you store them together. In my climate they don't rust in the summer. I do try to keep the brakes from flattening the camber, although I doubt it makes any difference given the amount of reverse cambering a ski is subjected to in use. (I have a cabinet door I built where one of the stiles bowed after I thicknessed the stock. I was out of wood so I used it. I figured I could straighten it by weighting it from the convex side for a few weeks. I figured wrong. Next step is to strip the finish from the concave side and steam it with an iron. Then I give up).


Edited by oldgoat - 1/17/16 at 8:55am
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Originally Posted by IcedBadger View Post
 

Lately I've been trying to come up with a storage system for the skis in my garage. My question is if it is better to store the skis separately or attached together (or does it matter?). I've heard that storing them separately and leaning them bottom up against a wall can help keep water off the metal edges and prevent rust from forming, as the water runs down the top side of the ski to the ground. Anyone know if there's any truth to this?

 

I leave them in a spot where they get good airflow to dry, and once dry they go in a closet, together.  We have a very dry climate, rust isn't a concern.

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