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What is the best way to store skis?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

I just bought some new skis and I am wondering how to store them.  Currently I have them stored somewhat like this (no this is not my set up, I grabbed this from another epic member):

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Is this an appropriate way to store your skis or will they warp over time. BTW each bracket in my set-up is about 14 inches from the edge of either side of the binding. Is there anything else I should consider?  I do live in florida and the room I am storing them in gets close to 90 degrees sometimes.

Any help, as always, is appreciated.

Regards,

Mario

post #2 of 24

I favor storing skis behind curtains or under guest room beds, wherever wife not likely to find them.

post #3 of 24

i like to store mine here as often as I can

post #4 of 24

Some from the rafters on thier side

 

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Some vertically from the tips.  I've heard that bertically is best from a thermodynamics perspective to prevent warping.

 

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post #5 of 24

Vertically by the tips in a comfortable private environment where they can be ogled and fondled regularly. 

 

The newest ones hung in the middle where they can socialize with the other skis (they must be trained), and hide from the wife (they must be protected).

post #6 of 24

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Is this an appropriate way to store your skis or will they warp over time.


If you're worried about skis warping over time, you're clearly not skiing enough.  Skis should be thrown away because the edges are destroyed, the base consists only of p-tex, or the cores are so dead it's like skiing on giant pieces of spaghetti.  It's also acceptable to throw skis away because they don't match your new jacket.  Getting so old they warp?  Not acceptable.

 

My personal preference for storing skis is in a giant, heaping pile in the closet.  For fun, I like to throw in a few mismatched sets of poles and old pairs of boots that I have fond memories of, but will never actually wear again.  It's probably a good idea to wipe off the mud from the last spring skiing day or backcountry trip, but I usually don't bother.  

post #7 of 24

Cool dry area inside out..... that way the cores can breathe.

It is tougher than pulling pants legs inside out.

post #8 of 24

Like most ski shops, we hang the skis by the tips. 

 

Allows for tighter storage and quick access. During ski season the skis are hung in the mud room with the boot dryer.

 

Ski hanger.JPG

 

Off season, the skis are moved to a dehumidified basement area (prevents rust on the edges) with the same setup .

The boots goes to a open racks in a ventilated storage room to prevent mold & mildew. 

post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post

Like most ski shops, we hang the skis by the tips. 

 

Allows for tighter storage and quick access. During ski season the skis are hung in the mud room with the boot dryer.

 

Ski hanger.JPG

 

Off season, the skis are moved to a dehumidified basement area (prevents rust on the edges) with the same setup .

The boots goes to a open racks in a ventilated storage room to prevent mold & mildew. 


Nice set-up!!  I'm curious what the white parts are made of and how they are attached, seems like there would be a lot of weight on the ends once you get three pairs away from the wall... how'd you do it?  ;)

 

BTW - to the OP, I hang mine by their tips as well but my rack is made of wooden dowels and I don't think it could hold up to the forces that KingGrump's got going on.  The rockered boards just stand on the floor atm, still looking for a better option there...

 

post #10 of 24

The white racks are powder coated steel. The arms are welded to the mounting plate. They are carried by Duluth Trading, Gempler's, and others. 

 

  http://www.duluthtrading.com/search/searchresults/HR13.aspx?feature=product_4&kw=tool rack&processor=content

 

Runs about $20 each. They are 20" long. A 12" long version is also available. Few bucks cheaper. 

 

The racks are attached to the cross members with 1/4" x 1-1/2" truss head screws. 1/4" lag bolts can also be used.

The cross member is a couple pieces of 8/4 clear pine laminated (glued) and screwed together.

The end of the cross member is attached to a 1/4" reinforced steel angle brackets at each end with 1/2" carriage bolts. 

The steel angle are attached to the wall framing.      

 

The racks arms are welded to the mounting at a angle so weight on the arm just brings them down towards the horizon without the skis falling off. We can actually put 4 pairs of race skis on each arm - not so much with the wider boards.

 

BTW, the boot dryer is worth it's weight in gold. Save a lot of hassle with taking apart and reassembling ski boots everyday.   

post #11 of 24

 

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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post

The white racks are powder coated steel. The arms are welded to the mounting plate. 

The racks are attached to the cross members with 1/4" x 1-1/2" truss head screws. 1/4" lag bolts can also be used.

The cross member is a couple pieces of 8/4 clear pine laminated (glued) and screwed together.

The end of the cross member is attached to a 1/4" reinforced steel angle brackets at each end with 1/2" carriage bolts. 

The steel angle are attached to the wall framing.      

 


Damn, that would certainly solve the stability issues I have with my 1/2 in. dowels screwed into a pine 1X3.  Nice effort there!!!

post #12 of 24

Pardon the lousy camera phone pic.  Looks like I have a similar setup to the OP.  I put the supports a little wider than the largest binding, to allow alternating directions of toe and heel to maximize space.  And yes, that's a wine fridge in the lower left, next to the kids' skis.

 

Not sure it's the best way, but I'd like to hear if I'm screwing these up by doing it.  Bear in mind that they'll only live here at sea level about half the year.

 

Family Rack

post #13 of 24

I just leave them at the ski shop & pick them up at the end of November.

post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 

Great responses guys. 

So hanging them from the tips seem to be best.  I guess I will look into that.  However, will the set I have damage the skis?  It is more convenient for me to store them the way I have them.  And yes, being from Miami, Fl, I do not ski enough and I will probably have my skis for three years until I get another pair.  I only ski 15 - 20 days a year.

 

Thanks again, for the response.

 

Regards,

Mario

post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by esumsea View Post

So hanging them from the tips seem to be best.  


I'll demur here. Depends on 1) what the ski's made of, 2) whether the ski has rocker/early rise, and 3) what temperature it's stored at. IMO, if you hang a pure wood/glass sandwich by its tip, in a warm room, for 6-8 months at a time, you're asking for a change in shovel curvature. This has been reported over at TGR. OTOH, if the ski has carbon or metal all the way up, or if it's some kind of cap/hybrid construction, then disregard above. I suspect most ski shops store them that way because most shops do not sell skis made as simple wood and glass sandwiches (these tend to be fatties, often by indies), most ski shops are not as hot as most garages, and most ski shops are scurrying to find space in 3D. So what kind of skis are you talking about here, and where exactly are you going to put them? 

post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 

Hey Beyond,

 

Thanks for offering your thoughts. The skis are a 172 Blizzard magnum 7.6 IQ and a 142 K2 True Luv. I am going to try to take a pic and post it soon.

Regards,

Mario

post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by TheDad View Post

Pardon the lousy camera phone pic.  Looks like I have a similar setup to the OP.  I put the supports a little wider than the largest binding, to allow alternating directions of toe and heel to maximize space.  And yes, that's a wine fridge in the lower left, next to the kids' skis.

 

Not sure it's the best way, but I'd like to hear if I'm screwing these up by doing it.  Bear in mind that they'll only live here at sea level about half the year.

 

Family Rack



I would put something in the middle of each pair to act as a spacer to presere the camber, or at least turn them on their sides so gravity doesn't flatten them out.

post #18 of 24

Mine are all vertically with their tails on the ground. I am careful to not let them sit in pools of water. I think that the hanging by tip method is great for short term storage. I'm not keen on it for long term. I don't like storing my skis so that they are pinched flat by the brakes or horizontal so gravity can flatten them.

post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I would put something in the middle of each pair to act as a spacer to presere the camber, or at least turn them on their sides so gravity doesn't flatten them out.


Good ideas.  I probably won't disturb them at this point, two months before they move up to the mountains, but for next season....

post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by esumsea View Post

 Currently I have them stored somewhat like this (no this is not my set up, I grabbed this from another epic member):

4d37tqe.jpg


Pretty much everyone here in the tuning forum knows whose setup ^THAT^ is.

post #21 of 24

no balls.  A wife either has more skis than you or supports you.

post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by CervoClimb View Post

no balls.  A wife either has more skis than you or supports you.

Not clear which ancient post this is referring to.
post #23 of 24

Need a full room

post #24 of 24

I've been using one of these for 20 years without issues...

 

My issues are in bootland. I've been throwing these in my boots to both combat the stink and keep the varmints at bay.

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