Storing Ski

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General

Skis can be stored for a few reasons: short travel to the ski trails, an airplane or train trip and summer storage.

To the Trails

You should keep each pair of skis attached together with a pair of ski straps and in a ski bag, ski carrier or inside the vehicle. The ski straps help keep ski bases facing each, prevent scratches to the bases and the skis are a lot easier to handle. By keeping the skis in a ski bag, ski carrier or inside the vehicle dirt and road salt is kept off of the skis. Even better is to have a travel wax on the ski bases. In addition to providing even more physical protect from scrapes and scratches, travel wax helps prevent oxydation of the bases. This is especially helpful for maintaining the long term life and glide of the skis.

Airplane or Train Trips

In addition to the protection you apply for short trip to the trails, the skis will need some padding around them and should be contained in a hard case. The clothes that take with you can make excellent padding. For a hard case you can buy hard plastic cases from some ski shops, or use a sonotube. Sonotubes are available from most hardware or building supply stores in various diameters. The larger the diameter the more skis you can place within. An 8in diameter is the smallest you will want to get. It can hold the skis and your ski poles. Trim the length to match your skis but leave enough space to put padding at the end. You can, with duct tape wrapped completely around the sonotube, make a carrying handle. Remember to write you name and address on the sonotube.

Summer Storage

Modern Skis (not a wood ski base)

First clean the skis of any dirt or other gunk. Avoid using wax remover as much as possible. The best way to clean the ski is with a damp cloth first. If you have klister on the ski you can remove this with some paper towel dampened with wax remover -- don't pour the remover on the ski base. Finally you can remove a lot of dirt and old wax by doing a molten scrape (iron on basewax and scrape it off while the basewax is still warm).

Polyethylene (PE/plastic) based skis should have a basewax or soft glide wax ironed into the glide zone. The purpose is to cover the ski base. The wax should cover all parts of the base including the ski tip. If the wax is completely absorbed into the ski base be sure to add some more to those areas. For Cross-country/Nordic classical/traditional skis PE bases the skis should have a layer of grip corked into the kick zone. We recommend a kick wax such as green or blue because it is easy to deal with.

Ski should be kept in a cool location not in direct sunlight. Sunlight increases the potential amount of oxidation of the bases. The location should not be damp either.

We recommend for the glide wax that you choose one that is non-fluoronated. A basewax, such as Ski*go Soft Basewax, is an excellent choice. Otherwise a warmer wax glide wax such as Ski*go XC Red is a good choice. Some warmer waxes have additives that are good for glide but don't allow for deep penetration of the base (Ski*go XC Yellow/C242 is an example because it has PTFE). A non-fluoronated wax will penetrate the base deeper. Using a fluoronated wax will not gain you anything over a non-fluoronated wax -- in fact it will hinder the process as fluoronated waxes only partially penetrate the base.

When picking a grip wax for storage choose one that you expect will be near or cooler than the temperature you expect you will be skiing in for your first ski of the season. This way you'll be ready to get on those fresh trails faster!

By storing your skis out of the sunlight, in a cool location and with a wax coating you're protecting your skis from oxidizing. Additionally the glide basewax or warm wax will continue to penetrate the base over the summer. This will help improve the durability of your wax jobs next season.

Wood Skis (not a P-tex base)

First clean the skis of any dirt or other gunk. Avoid using wax remover as much as possible.

Now is an excellent time to re-tar the wood ski bases. This will preserve the ski the best over the summer and help maintain the camber of the ski. Reference the Tarring Wood Skis Tech page for more specific information. Tarring will help the ski resist losing or gaining moisture which will affect the camber and weight of the ski.

You should store your wood skis out of direct sunlight in a clean, dry location. Do not place them in a damp corner of your basement. Care should be taken when storing the wood skis to help preserve the camber of the ski. If the camber of the ski is not preserved then the kick zone of the ski will become shorter and/or will not lift high enough off of the snow to free the kick wax from the snow to have the best glide. We recommend that you use ski straps to hold the tips and tails together. Then block the camber between the skis with an appropriately sized piece of cork or soft wood. A block that is too large can affect the camber.



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