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How do you properly store your ski gear after the season?

2023-02-06T09:37:24.940Z


To extend the life of your winter clothing and ski equipment, certain best practices apply. Check out our storage tips.


“Clean, wax, tidy up”.

Taking care of your ski equipment at the end of the season will save you from unpleasant surprises next winter.

This will increase the life of your skis, boots, poles, snowboard, boots or helmet.

How to store your ski equipment?

When you return from vacation in the mountains, carefully examine the touring or alpine skis, the snowboard and its bindings, the boot shells.

Hunt for scratches, cracks, holes.

If you notice this kind of damage, contact a professional who can offer you sharpening, filling or sanding.

If everything is in order and does not require intervention, you can proceed to the following steps.

Thoroughly clean the skis and/or snowboard to remove dirt and salt.

Remove excess water with a cloth.

Then let them air dry for 2-3 days at room temperature.

Once dry, wax them with a good layer of wax on the bases and edges, before storing them.

  • Skis

You can put them in a cover (preferably not too tight, to let the air circulate and prevent rust) or store them separately in the open air, vertically or horizontally, hung on the wall or not.

Just make sure that water does not fall on it or any object that could damage your equipment.

Soil moisture is not recommended.

Also clean your sticks, of course.

  • The snowboard

It is advisable to unscrew the fixing to remove the tension.

This operation also makes it possible to check that there is no water stuck.

Dry it and store it separately from the board.

  • The shoes

Clean the shells and make sure they are completely dry before storing them.

Dry the hooks well.

Remember to air out your slippers and insoles and check that they are completely dry before storing them, by putting them back in the shells.

To prevent the ski boots from deforming, close them by slightly tightening the hooks before storing them.

You can also wash the slippers, if their condition requires it.

  • The mask

Clean the ski mask and store it well in its cover to protect the screen.

  • Helmet

Clean your ski helmet and dry it well before storing it.

  • The Avalanche Victim Detector (DVA)

Remember to remove the batteries from the DVA (Avalanche Victim Detector) before storing it.

The off-season can be an opportunity to have it checked by a professional.

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Where to store your ski equipment?

You must store your skis, snowboards, boots, etc., in a place that is neither too dry nor too humid.

If your basement is a humid place, avoid using it to store winter sports equipment.

To note

The number one enemy of your ski gear is moisture.

How to wash your ski gear?

It is important to clean ski clothing (dirt and perspiration) in order to maintain the comfort and technical performance of the clothing, such as insulation or impermeability.

Useful washing information is indicated on the labels of trousers, suits, jackets... Be sure to consult them before washing your ski jackets and trousers.

Close the zippers and Velcro to protect them and check that the pockets are empty.

As with classic clothes, turn them inside out before putting them in the washing machine, in order to preserve them.

Be careful not to add fabric softener to your liquid detergent, nor chlorine or stain remover.

Banish dry cleaning, unsuitable for maintaining the waterproofness and breathability of ski clothing, and washing powder which will clog the technical membrane.

Good to know

When washing down garments, put a few tennis balls in the drum to prevent the feathers from clumping together.

Then dry them in the dryer to brew the feathers.

Choose a program at 30° and for the spin cycle follow the manufacturer's recommendations.

Opt for a light spin, often 800 rpm maximum.

For clothes whose instructions are to wash in the wool cycle, use a special wool product.

You can wash your gloves (according to label instructions) with other clothes.

For drying, also follow the manufacturer's recommendations: tumble dry, in the open air.

If you don't have a dryer, put the clothes inside out on a hanger and let them dry in an airy place.

To note

If there is no tumble dryer, to reactivate the water-repellent treatment on the clothes, you can lay out a towel and iron it on low heat.

But you have to be very careful with the temperature so as not to burn the fabric.

For clothes that need to be hand washed, do this in your bathtub with warm water and mild soap.

Rinse it thoroughly with lukewarm water with the shower head.

For Gore-Tex garments, it is recommended not to turn them inside out before putting them in the washing machine in order to protect the membrane.

It is also advisable to use products for Gore-Tex.

To note

Prefer washing in a delicate cycle for hats, under-sweaters, socks.

To avoid shrinking, do not tumble dry.

How to store ski clothes?

You have several options for storing your clothes.

You can use :

  • cupboards

  • cartons

  • plastic boxes

  • garment bags

But it is strongly advised not to use a compression system, which will precisely compress your clothes and especially the linings.

Likewise, for down jackets and clothes stuffed with feathers, do not roll them, do not tighten them or pack them.

Source: lefigaro

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