How to Pack and Store your Winter Gear

Summertime is almost here, and as the snow melts away, it’s time to pack up and store your ski gear for the season. Proper storage not only prolongs the life of your equipment but also ensures you’re ready for a smooth return to the slopes next winter. Follow these simple tips and best practices for a hassle-free transition into summer.

  1. Start With a Clean Slate: Thoroughly wash and dry your gear
  • Wipe down skis and snowboards, removing dirt and grime
  • Machine-wash or hand-wash ski clothing, following care instructions
  • Dry all gear thoroughly to prevent mold and mildew


  1. Tune-Up Time: Wax and sharpen your skis or snowboard for protection
  • Apply a storage wax to your skis or snowboard, covering the entire base and edges
  • Sharpen ski and snowboard edges to prevent rust and maintain performance
  • Store waxing and tuning tools in a clean, dry place


  1. Protect Your Gear: Release tension and inspect ski bindings
  • Release the tension on ski bindings to preserve their elasticity
  • Check for signs of wear and tear, and replace any worn parts
  • Keep snowboard bindings fastened loosely to avoid deformation


  1. Give Boots Some TLC: Dry, maintain shape, and store in a cool place
  • Remove liners and insoles, and air-dry thoroughly
  • Stuff boots with newspaper or boot trees to maintain their shape
  • Store boots in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight


  1. Clothing and Accessories: Organize and store in breathable bags
  • Pack clothing in breathable storage bags to avoid mold and mildew
  • Store goggles in a protective case, with a soft cloth to prevent scratching
  • Keep gloves, hats, and other accessories in a separate container or mesh bag


  1. Storing Your Gear: Choose a dry, cool, and well-ventilated area
  • Choose a dry, cool, and well-ventilated storage area, avoiding damp basements or hot attics
  • Keep skis and snowboards upright, with bases together and tips pointing upward
  • Use a ski or snowboard rack or wall mount for optimal storage and easy access


  1. Safety First: Inspect and replace damaged protective gear
  • Inspect helmets for cracks or damage, and replace if necessary
  • Store protective gear in a cool, dry place


Properly storing your ski gear over the summer ensures your equipment stays in great condition and is ready for action when winter rolls around again. By following these simple best practices, you’ll be set for many more seasons of fun on the slopes. Now, it’s time to switch gears and enjoy the warm summer days ahead!

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