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The transition from winter to spring can often seem endless, but the transition from spring to summer seems overnight. If you are like us, you often keep your skis easily grab-able throughout spring in case your favorite resort is still open or your friends encourage a ski tour. When summer turns on, it’s easy to forget about your skis (especially when they end up in the corner of your garage or storage space). But, before you put your skis and boots away for the summer, take a few minutes to store them properly. It will be worth it when you pull them back out in the fall.
The big issue is oxidation. We want to prevent rust on the edges and “dry rot” (a powdery-white appearance) of the polyethylene bases. Yes, polyethylene, if left to dry out, does oxidize – if air gets into the microscopic pores, the long molecules that make the bases so tough can break into smaller strands, reducing the strength and even the glide speed of this expensive material. So, here is the plan:
If you don’t have an iron or wax, consider getting a ski tune before storing your skis for the summer. If you choose this route, ask the shop to dry the skis thoroughly, clean them, repair any damage and polish the edges. This is a good time to have the bases stone-ground. Early winter snow is colder than late spring snow, so ask the shop for a fine, cold-snow structure that will be appropriate for the colder temperature of early winter.
Alternatively, if you own a pair of Wagner Skis, you can send them to us for a summer spa tune. We will restore your skis to their original factory condition (or as close as possible). Our spa tune is $160 and includes the following:
If our summer spa tune is of interest (and you own Wagner Skis), you can drop off or ship your skis via FedEx or UPS to:
620 Mountain Village Blvd, Unit 1B
Telluride, CO 81435
Be sure to fill out this ‘Wagner Spa Tune Form‘ and send it with your skis.
In any case (do it yourself, Wagner spa tune or shop tune), your skis should greet winter in a great condition, so you are ready to hit the slopes and charge hard. A few minutes of storage prep each spring guarantees years of top performance from your skis.
Boots need summer love, too. The polyurethane and polyether plastics used to make high-performance ski boots tend to take on a “set” when left alone for long periods, which means it’s best to store them all buckled up. Otherwise, when you stick your foot in the boot in November, you may find the overlap flaps and cuff straps pointing off in odd directions, and the boot may not fit as well as you remembered. Moreover, a boot stored damp can actually mildew inside (yuck!). So when you’re done prepping your skis for storage:
With these ski and boot summer storage tips, you’ll be thankful you took the time to put everything away properly come winter!