Here are some ideas for those of us who are organizationally challenged (like me):
1) Take inventory of what you need. The great sales are between now and next November.
2) SPACE BAGS! For less than $40 you can buy a bunch of Space Bags at your local TARGET or Walmart for the entire family. Simply place clean ski clothing (wool and synthetics won’t wrinkle) in them, suck out the air with a vacuum, and you are ready to go for the next season. Moths, dust, moisture, etc. cannot get in these storage marvels. Label the bags you may need between now and the next time you ski (camping, summer ski camp, etc.). You can also throw a Space Bag into a suitcase or duffle bag making packing for the next ski trip easy.
3) Consider selling unwanted and unneeded clothing now so you don’t have to worry about it next year. You can perhaps get a couple of bucks more selling it next winter, but at least you can open up some closet space by selling it now on eBay or Craig’s List.
1) Inspect the soles to see if they are worn enough to effect binding performance. If the heels and toes are replaceable (usually with a screwdriver), do it before storing the boots. This is of great importance for children’s boots that you want to use in another year since the manufacturers may not continue to stock replacement heal and toe replacement pads for every boot model.
2) Inspect the liners for damage or unusual wear.
3) If possible, store at room temperature to keep the liner material from breaking down.
1) Perform the usual pre-skiing maintenance of sharpening/honing the edges and repairing the bases.
2) Iron soft wax into clean bases to protect the bases from oxidizing until next season. I don’t bother scraping off summer wax since I’ll likely use another wax before using the skis again.
3) Read the various posts on Epic Ski regarding storage (horizontal, vertical, etc.). I personally find it doesn’t matter, but I’m certain many people will disagree with me.
4) My edges don’t rust in the eight months of dry No. California weather. If your edges have displayed summer rust, consider reading the posts on this site regarding rust prevention. Some ideas on these posts include WD-40 (I have no idea if WD-40 can penetrate wax and hurt a ski base) and covering the edges in wax.
5) Skis for kids are usually the same from year-to-year with nothing but the tops changed allowing greater margins for the retailers. Buy “new” children skis between now and next October and you should be able to save 50%-75%. You can save more buying lightly used skis,
1) Inspect bindings for rust (rust is not good), loose parts, loose screws, etc. Repair or replace parts as necessary.
2) Lubricate your bindings before summer storage. Binding goop is cheap.
3) Read the posts on this site regarding summer binding storage. Some posters loosen the springs for storage (remember the setting), and others debate the merits leaving the heel open or closed.
4) Download an on-line DIN calculator to check the settings of your bindings. Ski shops occasionally make mistakes, and it never hurts to double check to see if the settings are correct.
5) Kid’s bindings are often times the same from year-to-year with nothing but the graphics changed (e.g., Salomon once changed the black to white, and the white to black). You can buy an older “new” model and save 50%-75%.
1) Check the baskets and straps and replace if necessary.
2) I store all the family poles in one box making it easier to find them when the new season comes around.
1) If you own this stuff you probably want to live to ski another day of powder. So why let it rot over the summer? At least wipe and vacuum the ratty knapsack it is in, and clean off any rust on the shovel.
2) Take the batteries out of any electronics you are storing. If you find corrosion in any electronic gear, remove it now and inspect it before using it again next season.
1) Anyone serious about this sport should at least have some basic tuning and wax equipment (You can always rent crappy equipment.). Go down to your local hardware store and buy a tool box or two to store your files, stones, wax, iron, binding lube, etc. At least this will keep your workbench clean, make more room in the garage, and everything will be in one place.
2) If you need tuning equipment, get it now while everything is on sale. I now buy on-line from Epic Ski sponsors because the ideas they give in various posts have been of value and their pricing has been highly competitive.
Please add to this list and/or correct any advice given above.