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Proper Storage and Care of Skis Being Retired For a While - Need Some Advice

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I have a few pair of skis that I am retiring for the season as i ski my 2 favorites.  Can I just wipe them down, put a coat of wax and leave alone (will be storing them in my home for next season).  Are they better off in the garage (any temperature issues in or out of house)?  Can I leave the wax on them and scrape off next season?  Any conditioning needed for the top laminate? Any tips on the best way to preserve and store them? As you can see, I love my skis and fanatical about caring for them and keeping them a long time. Appreciate any help.

Edited by CarlG - Wed, 04 Feb 09 00:20:33 GMT

Edited by CarlG - Wed, 04 Feb 09 00:21:42 GMT
post #2 of 9

Here's our Tuning Tips entry on the subject.


A lot of people recommend using a cheap, soft/warm wax for storage and cover the edges. My theory is the miniscule savings is lost and additional time is required when you scrape, brush the next season. Why not store your skis with the wax you are first likely to use and simple scrape, brush and go?

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Alpinrod this would work for normal skiing, where you don't really care much about perfect skis. But if you do, this won't work best possible way. There are two reasons for this. One is, that waxes don't hold their characteristics (sorry I have no idea if this is right word in English for this) once they were heated. For example fluoro waxes lose most of fluoro in few days.

Second thing is dust and dirt which accumulates on ski base during months of non-use. It doesn't stay just on top of wax, but it goes inside, so scraping wax off won't completely take this dirt away.

But once again... this small things doesn't really matter for Sunday skier, so your suggestion is perfectly ok for this. For racing skis, I wouldn't recommend doing this.

post #4 of 9

Thanks for the distinction. I assumed that a racer wouldn't ask the question and just knows how they prefer to store their skis.


Recommending paraffin/HC is probably best. It's hard to imagine that dirt can migrate into wax......and of any significant amount. Interesting. I keep wondering how significantly wax does change over a storage period and no doubt the ideal solution is to replace the wax at the start of a new season.

post #5 of 9

Also don't forget to uncock the heel pieces and turn the DIN setting down to minimum...saves the springs...


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And for a few 'over the top' options:


I place the skis in hermetically sealed box, located in a cool, dark place, and line the base with JC Penny white sale pillows of different thicknesses to match the ski camber. Connected to a PV cell and battery will be an iPod and small speakers to continually play soothing music. Once a month, I'll open the lid, rotate the skis, massage them with a soft nylon brush, then tickle them with a soft horsehair one, while talking about how special our next excursion together will be. Before sealing it up again, I'll replace the flower pedals with fresh ones of the season.


The most important thing about storing your boards is to tell them you love them from time to time, stroking them and remind them that the next winter is coming. It all comes back when they first touch snow again.
Then, when winter is apporaching, in August or so (you have to start early), put the board into your living room, or even better, into your bedroom (If you stored them somewhere else in the first place!) They like that and will appreciate it in an appropriate way once on the snow.

Other options:

I built a hover bed for my skis. Several electric fans provide a cushion of air for the skis to float on, providing as perfect a pressure distribution as possible.

I'm a bit worried because the weight of the bindings might alter the flex, so I'm thinking about removing the bindings when not skiing.

Another option is to have the skis put into orbit around Earth during the off season. While a tad bit more expensive, the payoffs might be worth it. Unless, of course, they collide with a asteroid.


from this Ski storage thread

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I love my skis, but not that way!!!  Too funny!!  Thanks for the laughs!!  Thanks for the constructive advice from the others.

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Dang you Alpinord.  Do you have a camera in my garage?  Have you hacked into my iTunes account?  Anyway, I do have a problem, because my SL and my AT skis are into different kind of music. 


Joking aside, there's just no way I could resist waxing/scraping/brushing in the anticipation of the new season.  So, whatever wax I put on at the end of the season, will be gone and replaced as the first snow storm of the new season rolls in.



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incognito, it's amazming the zooming capabilities of Google Earth.


As a ritual, doing a couple wax cycles and and alittle edge polishing definitely gets you reconnected with your gear in the fall. However, I get a lot of 'what's the bare minimum' and the whole gamut of questions and it's sometimes a minor miracle to get most people to put anything on their bases, much less have to do it yet again in the fall.



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