Winter sports fans aren’t the only ones who should stay in shape during the summer – your equipment should as well! The German Skiing Association (DSV) has a few tips to help you keep your skis and boards in top form:
Protect the surfaces and edges
Before skis and boards are put away, owners should first prepare their equipment for hibernation. To start off, the edges should be grinded once more in order to prevent rusting. The surface should also be worked on at the end of the season, and scrapes and grooves should be repaired. To finish off, your equipment should be washed with a high temperature. Excess wax should not be removed, however, according to the experts from the DSV, as this conserves the surface throughout the summer and protects the edges from oxidising. Those who can’t find the time to get their equipment prepared can take their skis and boards to a specialty shop for service.
Stowing your equipment
Skis and boards should definitely be stored in a cool, dry room. This means garages or garden sheds are out of the question as these are exposed to extreme changes in temperature during the summer. This then poses the risk of condensation building up on the equipment, resulting in rusty edges. A better location would be a dry cellar.
Watch the bindings!
Dirt can affect the components of the ski bindings and as a result, can lose their ability to function properly. Therefore, the bindings should be cleaned with water before being stowed away. Ideally, the mechanisms also should be treated with a special spray. Before hitting the pistes the following season, the bindings should first be inspected in a specialty shop. The DSV recommends that these types of inspections should be done generally once per year.
Ski and snowboard boots
Your footwear should also be stowed away in a dry room. Important to note: boots should be completely dry before they are stowed. Ski and snowboard boots alike are always, unfortunately, the perfect habitats for mould spores and once settled, will spread like wildfire throughout the inside. That’s why the shell and/or the outer part of the boot should be removed once beforehand in order to allow for all parts to dry completely. Only then can the boots be put back together, close the clasps/tighten the laces and place alongside your skis or board. Another tip: make sure the boots are placed so that no wrinkles can form inside. Otherwise, this may lead to a misshapen form.
Poles, helmet, goggles, protectors and gloves
Accessories are a winter sports fan’s best friends and should be treated with just as much care as the rest of the equipment – these are to also be placed in a dry room. The helmet should be thoroughly cleaned and possibly even disinfected beforehand, and all accessories should be inspected for damages. Helmets, goggles and protectors especially need to be inspected, as these become useless when damage is present. In spring, quite a few sales arise as the season has ended and it’s worth it to have a look around for these items.
Skiing and boarding clothing
Clothing should be cleaned before being stowed away. Toss your things in the wash or take them to the cleaners. When washing the clothes yourself, only a concentrated detergent should be used and definitely no fabric softener – this would clog the pores of the clothing and hinder the technical functionality of the fibres. After washing, the clothes should be water proofed. This is best achieved with a spray that, after ironing the clothes with low heat, locks into the material.
Now, the wait begins until winter arrives once again… and don’t forget: your equipment aren’t the only ones who should stay in shape during the summer!