The Best Way To Store Skis And Keep Them Looking Brand New (2022)

Summer is here, and it’s hot. People are reveling in the sun. It’s the season for hosting barbecues with friends, trying (sometimes in vain) to stay out of the heat, and getting out of town as much as possible to relax, hike, or play in some kind of body of water.

Unfortunately, that also means it’s the end of ski season. And though it’s been awhile since anyone got some really decent snow, it’s never too late to give your skis some TLC and store them the right way in preparation for their off-season retirement.

Whether you’re storing your skis (and your gear!) in your garage, in your home, or in MakeSpace, follow these six simple steps to make sure they’re ready to go once the first snow hits.

1. Inventory your ski gear.

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After a full season of hitting the slopes, your gear has likely taken a beating. And depending on how old it is, you may or may not need to replace some things.

Take it from us: It’s much better to see what needs repairing or replacing now versus when winter starts to come around. Get ahead of the crowds that are bound to be bombarding ski shops once the snow hits.

That ski jacket you’ve had for years that has long lost its weatherproof coating? Replace it.

Got a pair of ski goggles that are doing more harm than good to your visibility? Find some new ones.

(Video) How to Store Skis for the Summer

Not confident enough or too busy to tune your own skis? Take them to your local ski shop.

Being proactive about inventorying your gear now means that when the time is right and that first perfect snow comes in, you’ll be at the slopes while everyone else is waiting around at the shops.

2. Tune up your skis.

After a long season of skiing, your skis are going to need a little love.

The folks over at REI have some expert advice on making sure your skis are living their best lives.

They break it down into these three steps:

1. Base repair

The main things to look for are nicks, burrs, and rust spots, all of which will damage your skis if left alone. If your skis have large scrapes, get them fixed at a ski shop.

If your skis have small nicks on their bases, you can easily fix them at home. Here’s a tutorial by REI that shows you how:

You’re essentially scraping away any excess material around the gouge, filling it in with a P-Tex candle, and then scraping away the excess.

2. Edge work

After that’s done, it’s important to sharpen the edges of your skis so that you can decrease drag and ensure that your skis are as fast and smooth as possible.

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Use a diamond stone to work on burrs, and a gummy stone to polish the edges all over.

And here’s another handy video tutorial to show you just how to do it:

3. Waxing

Once you’ve sealed up gouges in the bases of your skis and cleaned the edges of any burrs, nicks, or rust, you’re ready to wax them.

The first order of business is to scrape off any residual wax. This gives you a clean base for your summer coat.

Next, use a specially made wax iron to heat up your summer wax, and dribble it over the bottom of your skis from tip to tail.

Then smooth the iron over the waxy skis, making sure to get an even coat.

Oh, and in case you, like us, can’t get enough visual aides, here’s a tutorial for that part of the tuning process too:

The only difference to note for summer ski storage is that, unlike here, you don’t want to scrape the wax off. Leaving a layer of wax will keep your skis sealed and protected during the summer months.

When ski season rolls around, just remember to scrape off the wax from your skis before hitting the slopes.

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And of course, if you don’t feel like tuning your skis at home, your local ski shop should be able to help get your gear back in shape. That way, when November finally comes around and the first few snowflakes of the season hit, you’ll already be prepared to hit the slopes with a pair of beautifully manicured skis.

3. Turn the DIN screws on your ski bindings to their lowest setting.

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Once you’ve tuned up your skis, their bindings are your next concern. The bindings on your skis are loaded with heavy-duty springs that keep your boot locked in while still being able to release them at a moment’s notice if necessary. Which means you definitely want these to be in their best working order.

Nate Tomlinson over at Jans gives solid advice:

“In order to ensure that the springs in your bindings stay true to the numerical indicators on your DIN windows,” he says, “it is a good idea to back them out to the lowest setting before storage. To do this, find the DIN screws on both toe and heel pieces – usually located on the front of the toe piece, and the rear of the heel piece – and turn them counterclockwise.”

Remember: When it’s time for you to ski again, turn your DIN screws back to their original settings before you hit the slopes so that you don’t get ejected. Cover the bindings with a note written on a piece of tape so you don’t forget.

4. Strap your skis together, and lay them down on their sides.

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The last thing you want is to accidentally warp your new, perfectly-cleaned-and-waxed skis, right?

That’s why you should store them in a place that’s temperature-controlled (like MakeSpace). Not too hot, not too cold, and definitely not too humid. Storing your skis in direct sunlight isn’t a good idea either.

Also, make sure to store your skis in a way that doesn’t compromise their shape, or put any strain on them. Leaning your skis against objects is okay, as is hanging them. But the best in-home option is to just lay your skis on their sides on the ground (much like we all wish we could do in front of an A/C right now).

As long as your skis aren’t strapped together too tightly, and they aren’t left in a position that would warp their bodies, they’ll be perfectly safe.

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And of course, don’t forget to pack away your poles in a ski pole bag, like this one from Skiweb, whichalso stores skis:

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5. Give your ski gear some TLC too.

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Even though your skis are the star of the show and may need a little more TLC than the rest of your gear, your jackets, boots, and goggles need love too.

Check out our tips on how to clean and store your ski and snowboarding gear.

Although the gear used with snowboarding varies slightly from the gear used with skiing, the same principles apply: Clean it, let it dry, and make sure everything goes back in the right place.

Additionally, now is the time to re-waterproof your jackets, deep-clean your boots, and clean your goggles if necessary.

6. No room in your garage or home for your skis and ski gear? MakeSpace.

If you’ve been wracking your brain this whole time trying to think of a space in your home that 1. Doesn’t get too much light, 2. Isn’t too hot or cold, and 3. Is big enough for your skis to lay down on, well, schedule a MakeSpace pickup.

We’ll pick up your skis, all your gear, and any other winter-sport-related items you may have on your hands. We’ll then store everything in our secure and temperature-controlled storage facility. It’s closed to the public and has 24/7 security, motion-sensing cameras, and alarms to ensure the safety of your stuff at all times.

We can also create an online photo catalog of your stuff, so you won’t be left wondering things like if you actually did replace those busted bindings. Or if your new goggles match your ski pants.

The best part? When you need your stuff back from storage, we’ll deliver it to you. This means more slope time and less renting-a-U-Haul-truck-in-literally-freezing-weather time.

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This article was written by Hannah Van Arsdale, a freelance writer and dog person based in Portland, OR.

FAQs

Is it better to store skis horizontally or vertically? ›

Should skis be stored horizontally or vertically? It doesn't matter too much as long as they are not on the floor and certainly not in water. It's easiest to store skis and snowboards vertically where you can hang them by the tips or bindings. This gets the tails off the ground and allows any water to drip away.

What is the best way to store skis? ›

Store Them Indoors, But Not in a Ski Bag

A ski bag with any leftover moisture in it could rust your skis' edges. I recommend storing skis indoors so they're out of the elements, but you don't have to store them in a perfectly climate-controlled closet.

How do you store skis so they don't rust? ›

Leave a thick coat on the base and edges for the summer and store the skis in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place. Before skiing in the fall, scrape the soft storage wax off and iron in a coat of harder or all-purpose glide wax suitable for winter snow.

How do you keep skis in good condition? ›

Waxing. Waxing your skis is the best way to protect them and keep them performing at their peak. It's important to wax your skis after completing base repair and edge work, as well as throughout the ski season to ensure your skis glide smoothly. Waxing every three or four outings is a good practice.

Is it OK to store skis flat? ›

You can store skis any way you want as long as its dry, moderate in temperatures and you don't pre-load them or cause flex.

Is it OK to hang skis by tips? ›

Curtis recommends storing skis either on their sides or standing up. He cautions against using those old-school ski racks with dowel rods that can bend today's rocker skis. You don't have to store skis with a strap at the tip and tail, but it's not a bad idea.

How do you store skis after use? ›

Loosely strap your skis from base to base and place them in a natural position, with no pressure on the camber, rocker or brakes. Putting your skis back in their a ski bag can be a good idea. This shelters them from sunlight and dust, and protects them from picking up any unwanted nicks.

Should ski boots be stored buckled? ›

Make sure you always re-buckle your boots

This is very important, specifically around the cuff, so that the boot keeps its shape. If you leave the boots unbuckled, the cuff will start to straighten making it increasingly hard for it to wrap again.

Should you wax your skis at the end of the season? ›

Cleaning the skis and then ironing in a coat of wax before the summer is a good idea. The beauty of this end-of-season chore is that the scraping step of waxing (the time-consuming part) is not even necessary. Just leave the thick coat of wax on the base and even dripped over the edges for protection.

How do you store your skis after winter? ›

Placing your skis against the wall of your garage can work well as long as your garage is protected from moisture (including ground moisture ground). If necessary, use a ski bag to protect them from sunlight and dust but avoid bags that are too waterproof, which may hold moisture inside and rust your edges.

Should you store ski bindings open or closed? ›

@headispeedpros, this has been discussed here recently and the consensus is that there is no need to relax the springs in alpine bindings and leaving them open is just fine. The only exception to the rule being that the toe on tech bindings should be closed.

Can you use wd40 on skis? ›

Tip: Spray WD-40 Specialsit Water Resistant Silicone Lubricant on your ski bindings to precent them from rusting- it also helps make snow slide right off of them!

How often should skis be waxed? ›

At a minimum, you should wax them once at the start of every season. However, if you're a frequent skier it also makes sense to wax them once more during the season.

How many ski days do skis last? ›

What is this? The average skier replaces their skis every 8 years (source). For the best performance, you can get 100-125 ski days before the ski starts to deteriorate – but this does depend on your weight, ski style and how well-maintained the ski is (source).

How do you tell if skis need sharpening? ›

Your skis need sharpening if they don't grip as much as they did. Over time the edge becomes duller and duller until it can no longer grip. Because the process is gradual, there is not a clear difference from one day to the next (unless you're a professional skier).

What do you do with skis at the end of the season? ›

To properly store your skis for the summer, get your skis tuned, using an all-purpose wax. Then, strap the skis together, base-to-base without touching. Store your skis in a cool, dry place away from the moisture, heat, and humidity.

Is it bad to leave skis outside? ›

Your skis and boards should be stored in a cool, dry place, out of sunlight. Do NOT leave your skis in a travel bag, garage, or basement because these places tend to have bad temperature control and trap moisture which leads to rust. Attics that get too hot aren't great either.

Can you store skis in the cold? ›

The last thing you want is to accidentally warp your new, perfectly-cleaned-and-waxed skis, right? That's why you should store them in a place that's temperature-controlled (like MakeSpace). Not too hot, not too cold, and definitely not too humid. Storing your skis in direct sunlight isn't a good idea either.

How do you hang skis in your garage? ›

Choose an empty wall in your garage or basement where the skis will hang. You'll need a spot where you can attach the 2x4s to the wall parallel to each other and far enough apart so that the dowels become shelves for the skis. You can mount them out of the way, or close to the floor for easy access.

How do you protect skis in a ski bag? ›

How to pack a ski bag for your ski holiday - YouTube

Does ski wax dry out? ›

Cold weather will speed up the deterioration of your wax job and if you go a few days or weeks between skiing sessions, it will cause your skis to dry out, requiring you do have them waxed once more.

How do you prepare skis for summer storage? ›

Getting your skis ready for summer storage means cleaning them up, and giving them a fresh coat of wax to protect the bases.
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How To Store Skis & Snowboards for the Summer
  1. Get them clean. ...
  2. Check the edges. ...
  3. Wax the bases. ...
  4. Store them. ...
  5. For the really meticulous. ...
  6. Wait for the snow to fall.

Can you leave skis in the car? ›

On the drive home put the skis somewhere warm - like inside the car, not the trunk or the roofrack. This will dry them out. When leaving them in the car, put them in a ski case. The bag stops water from the atmosphere outside the bag condensing on the skis.

Should you be able to wiggle your toes in ski boots? ›

How to make sure your ski boots fit properly: When standing upright, your toes should brush the front of the boot. You shouldn't be able to wiggle your toes much — once you flex forward in a ski stance you'll have more room.

Do ski boots expire? ›

—Jill K. Ski boot technology may not change as fast as ski technology, but ski boots do have a shelf life. Manufacturers say that boots should last about 200 skier days, though ski boot liners tend to pack out well before then, even before the shell begins to lose its integrity.

How long do ski bindings last? ›

For a beginner, if the DIN is too high, and the ski does not release they may injure their legs and knees. Bindings are sturdy pieces of equipment and if you maintain them properly and store them in a dry and temperature controlled place they can last longer than 10 years.

What happens if I don't wax my skis? ›

Over time, without wax, the base of a ski or board will start to dry out and whiten, almost like the black is fading. As it continues to dry, it shrinks. In extreme cases, the base can shrink away from your edges, making them prone to blowing out of the ski on a rock or hard ice.

Why are the bottom of skis black? ›

The best types of bases are sintered hybrids that have graphite and other materials in them, they hold wax even better and are even faster. They are always a dark black colour, and are most commonly found on racing orientated skis. The base of a ski can get scratched if the ski goes over hard objects such as stones.

How often should skis be serviced? ›

In general, it's good to tune your skis after about every 20 days of riding.

What does storage wax do? ›

The goal of storage wax is essentially to limit contact between your ski's base and oxygen, as all ski bases are susceptible to oxidation when exposed for long periods of time. While one summer without storage wax isn't going to destroy your skis, it does start a slow process of base-degradation.

How do you store skis in a bag? ›

Tips and Tricks for Packing Your Ski Bag - YouTube

How do I prepare my ski season? ›

Here are three DIY ways to get your skis ready to go.
  1. Clean Them. Start by cleaning your skis with a pre-coat of wax. ...
  2. Sharpen the Edges. You want your skis' metal edges to be sharp, smooth, and clean before you hit the slopes. ...
  3. Wax Them. You'll want a floor and a table that you don't mind getting covered in wax.
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How do you take care of ski bindings? ›

How to Maintain Ski or Snowboard Bindings
  1. Check bindings each time you ski for loose or protruding screws, missing parts, worn or damaged anti-friction device. ...
  2. Before stepping into bindings, clean both boots and bindings of ice, snow and dirt. ...
  3. Squirt a dab of glue in screw holes before mounting or remounting bindings.

Do you need to grease ski bindings? ›

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SKIS, BINDINGS, SKI BOOTS ... - YouTube

How do you keep snow from sticking to cross country skis? ›

Kick wax, or grip wax, sticks to snow and is used exclusively for classic style cross-country skiing. Glide wax prevents snow from sticking and is used for alpine skiing, tele skiing, skate skiing, snowboarding, and yes, classic style cross-country skiing.

How do you clean waxless cross country skis? ›

Wax Your Waxless XC Skis (Part 1): Brush Your Skis Clean - YouTube

How much does it cost to wax and sharpen skis? ›

Services
TUNING SERVICESALPINE SKISSNOWBOARDS
Sharpen Edges only sharpened and polished$15$15
Wet Belt Bases belted flat$15$20
Sharpen and Wax Edges sharpened & polished and hot belt waxed & buffed$25$30
Basic Tune Bases wet belted, edges sharpened & polished and hot belt waxed$35$40
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Can you wax skis too much? ›

There is no such thing as waxing your skis too much. Wax makes your skis hydrophobic, afraid of water basically... The more hydrophobic your skis are the faster they will be, it also makes them a lot easier to turn.

Do new skis need to be waxed and sharpened? ›

Are the edges sharpened or do they need a full tune before you ski them the first time? The quick answer is that you should get your skis waxed before using them. They do come with wax and tune from the factory so you won't hurt them by skiing on them right away.

Are 20 year old skis still good? ›

Here are some things to consider regarding old equipment. Imagine you have 20-plus year-old skis, you use them 7-10 days a year, so the total work days would be 200-300 days. Can you still use them? If they have no major delamination, cracked edges, broken sidewalls, then yes.

Do skis lose their camber? ›

Camber can be lost over time if skis lose their ability to hold their shape through age or storage. This can be seen most commonly in older, less modern skis which can signify that they are worn out.

Are new skis worth it? ›

A brand new pair of skis can cost a small fortune, and if you will ski just one week over a year, you may not get your moneys worth. The good news here is that they will last you an awfully long time – decades even – which will save you money in years of rentals.

How many times can you sharpen a ski? ›

In average you can normally sharpen the edges on a pair of skis 5 to 10 times before the steel edges are worn out. After that you need to replace your skis. Most people who have never skied or have always rented the ski gear in the rental centers may be surprised by the fact that their skis must be sharpened regularly.

What happens if skis are too sharp? ›

Too little side edge bevel can cause a ski to skid and too acute a bevel can cause the edge to knife into the snow and "rail". RULE #1: If some is good, more is not always better! Edges must be sharp from contact point to contact point for carving. Skis need to grip the snow to allow them to bend into a turning arc.

Why ski technicians don't want you to sharpen your base edges? ›

When you mess with your base edge, you change its bevel, which influences the responsiveness—not the sharpness—of the edge,” explains Leif Sunde, ski technician and owner of the Denver Sports Lab in Golden, Colo. That, and your edge bevels likely aren't the same.

How do you store skis in season? ›

Loosely strap your skis from base to base and place them in a natural position, with no pressure on the camber, rocker or brakes. Putting your skis back in their a ski bag can be a good idea. This shelters them from sunlight and dust, and protects them from picking up any unwanted nicks.

Can you leave skis in car overnight? ›

2: “Not drying skis off and leaving them on the roof rack or in the car all night is another big one – the edges will rust and ruin your tune. Wipe them down with a towel and keep them inside.

What is the best way to store cross country skis? ›

STORAGE: Store skis in a cool dry environment where there is little fluctuation in temperature. Avoid direct sunlight. Keep skis in ski ties (or tape) on tips & tails. DO NOT BIND SKIS CLOSED w/ CAMBER COMPRESSED.

Is it OK to store skis outside? ›

Store skis, apparel, accessories in a temperature controlled environment; away from heat, sunlight and moisture. Heat will dry out the skis, plastics and fabrics. Moisture will promote rust on ski edges and other metals. Good storage locations are typically closets, spare rooms or even under a bed.

Should ski boots be stored buckled? ›

Make sure you always re-buckle your boots

This is very important, specifically around the cuff, so that the boot keeps its shape. If you leave the boots unbuckled, the cuff will start to straighten making it increasingly hard for it to wrap again.

Should you store ski bindings open or closed? ›

@headispeedpros, this has been discussed here recently and the consensus is that there is no need to relax the springs in alpine bindings and leaving them open is just fine. The only exception to the rule being that the toe on tech bindings should be closed.

How do you store your skis after winter? ›

Placing your skis against the wall of your garage can work well as long as your garage is protected from moisture (including ground moisture ground). If necessary, use a ski bag to protect them from sunlight and dust but avoid bags that are too waterproof, which may hold moisture inside and rust your edges.

How frequently should you wax skis? ›

It's recommended you wax your skis every 5 or 6 times out. The reason being the base of your ski is very porous (similar to your skin) with lotion (wax) you'll have a better running surface. This will allow for increased glide over all snow conditions, less leg fatigue and increased speed.

How often should you get new skis? ›

The average skier replaces their skis every 8 years but your skis peak performance diminishes after 100-125 full days of use – that's five years if you ski 20 days a year.

How do you carry your skis in your car? ›

Throw them in the back – The best way to transport skis by car. The very best way to transport your skis if your are able to is putting them in the back of your car inside the car. This is easiest if you have a car or SUV with folding seats or a Pickup with a bed cover. Skis stay clean when they are in your car.

How do you protect skis in a ski bag? ›

How to pack a ski bag for your ski holiday - YouTube

How should ski bindings be stored? ›

Storing your ski bindings - Al's Skiing Tips - YouTube

What does storage wax do? ›

The goal of storage wax is essentially to limit contact between your ski's base and oxygen, as all ski bases are susceptible to oxidation when exposed for long periods of time. While one summer without storage wax isn't going to destroy your skis, it does start a slow process of base-degradation.

Should you wax skis at the end of the season? ›

Cleaning the skis and then ironing in a coat of wax before the summer is a good idea. The beauty of this end-of-season chore is that the scraping step of waxing (the time-consuming part) is not even necessary. Just leave the thick coat of wax on the base and even dripped over the edges for protection.

Can you store skis in the cold? ›

The last thing you want is to accidentally warp your new, perfectly-cleaned-and-waxed skis, right? That's why you should store them in a place that's temperature-controlled (like MakeSpace). Not too hot, not too cold, and definitely not too humid. Storing your skis in direct sunlight isn't a good idea either.

Can you store skis in car? ›

On the drive home put the skis somewhere warm - like inside the car, not the trunk or the roofrack. This will dry them out. When leaving them in the car, put them in a ski case. The bag stops water from the atmosphere outside the bag condensing on the skis.

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