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Looking after skiis in the off season

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I bought my first pair of skiis over the winter and have no idea how to care for them (except to bring them tea in the morning) over the summer. Is there something I should be doing to look after them so they don't get knackered for the next time I want to go up up and away?
post #2 of 13
I find regular trips to Milton Keynes makes them feel loved.
Apart from that, keep them dry, but don't put them near a radiator.

What skis did you buy?
Salomon Verse 5 W?
K2 T-Nine?

post #3 of 13
I put a thick coat of wax on them and leave it there - scrape it off when you're getting ready to use them again in the winter. It just adds an extra layer of protection for your bases and keeps them from drying out. Other than that - just find a place to store them where they're not exposed to extreme temperatures and they should be fine. Some people will lower the DIN on their bindings to zero, but if you don't know what you're doing take it to a shop or just leave the bindings alone.
post #4 of 13
yea i agree with Altagirl, keepem' waxed and tune up the edges so you get rid of all the burrs....also, when your done skiing for the day, dry off your skis and get all the excess snow off them so your edges dont turn rusty.
post #5 of 13
woops, i was talking about during the season. my mistake......i can suggest one thing, dont let your bases dry out.
post #6 of 13
I put a couple layers of wax on mine. Usually mixing whatever small chuncks of wax I have left over from the season. Then I take a bar of wax and run it on the sides of the edges to give some protection to oxidization and finally I turn my dins down to the lowest setting. Don't do this unless you know what you are doing. Finally, I caress them once I week to let them know I still think about them.
post #7 of 13
I generally turn the bindings down to three and forget to reset on the first day of the season....
post #8 of 13
Take care of them, buy them flowers, take them out to dinner, make love to them (but not by a fire). Take them for drives, let them join your foursome (golf that is). Take them for picnics and to concerts.
post #9 of 13
sing to them.
talk to them.
tell them how you feel.

You'll be surprised what happens when you do that.

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
OK thanks for your advice people, much appreciated. I am going to sort them out tonight. The bindings turning down is easy ( I think) but the wax might be a little more difficult. I don't have any ski wax so I will have to use a candle, shouldn't cause too many problems should it? It's all the same stuff really isn't it!
I might even throw them out of my room as they are getting in the way of my remote control signal to my stereo which is really annoying!! (can you guess how big my room is?!)
post #11 of 13
If you haven't played with your bindings before, don't bother starting now! There have been discussions here in the past about turning them down or not. I don't, but some do.
As for waxing - at the end of the season, before you put them away, it is a good idea to get a summer service - Snow & Rock, or whatever ski shop you use, should be able to do that - basically, they load the wax on, but don't scrape it off/polish the base.
If you want to do something easy, but worthwhile, but some WD-40 or Vaseline on your edges to prevent corrosion. Before you take your skis in for their start of season service, wipe the oil/vaseline off.

post #12 of 13
I read this thread fairly fast, I don't remember anyone saying anything about not putting them in a hot place, such as an attic.

Wiping on some WD 40 is a good idea,but don't spray it on, since you want o keep oil off of sintered bases.
post #13 of 13
I would not recommend using a candle if you have clear bases as the dye in colored candle can seep into the bases and permanently stain them.
Instead, you can just buy a box of plain paraffin bars from any grocery store. They are cheap and can be used to put a heavy coat of wax on with an iron just hot enough to melt the wax.

Don't let the iron get hot enough to make the wax smoke. Although plain paraffin melts at a low temp., you want to make sure that the iron is not so hot that it will damage the ski's P-Tex base.

If you don't have an iron you want to use for this purpose just rub the wax on the edges as well as the entire base making sure each ski is well covered.
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