Skis may cope with a lot of abuse during the winter, but in the summer months, when they are left in storage, they need careful attention to be kept in top shape. Knowledge of proper ski storage is vital for keeping them in top performance season after season. The health of skis can be impacted by everything from mold and dampness to dryness and atmospheric changes with the seasons. No skier wants to find a dry and cracked base or a delaminated top coat after a summer of skis in storage. A few simple steps, when taken, will ensure skis stay in top condition.

Preparation for ski storage is fairly simple. Skiers can either tend to the tasks themselves or take the skis into a ski shop for a thorough treatment. To do it themselves, skiers only need a cloth, some warm water, a steel or bronze brush, some wax, and a waxing iron. For skiers who have been properly tending their skis throughout the season, everything is probably already on hand.

Clean
The life of a pair of skis is a tough one. Spring snow is notorious for its slushiness that is frequently mixed with dirt and even fresh powder lacks the cleanliness that it appears to have. Skis that are kept on a car roof for transport might even have salt embedded in their bases. Fortunately, cleaning skis is quite easy. Just use a cloth, water, and a bronze or steel base brush. Skis can be washed down in the shower or outside with a garden hose. Do not power hose the bindings, however. Once dry, give a gentle brush with the grain from top to bottom.

Tune and Wax
Rust is a ski’s enemy, and burrs in ski’s edges can be a haven for it. Sharpen the edges a final time using an edge tool. After cleaning and tuning, waxing is crucial for summer storage. A proper layer of wax over the edges and bases will keep out dampness and prevent rust. The key is the application of a good thick layer of wax that is kept there. Then, next season, the only necessity is scraping it off to be ready to go and hit the slopes.