Are You Storing Your Ski and Snowboard Equipment the Wrong Way?

ski hill barrieThe season is over. Sniffle. This is the time of year when people ask us about snowboard storage tips and ski storage tips.

The enjoyment of the next season depends on how much care your board or skis receive prior to storage. To avoid harm to your investment in good equipment, follow these snowboard storage tips.

Give a Thorough Cleaning

Before carefully sealing your board from harm, all of the grit and grime from use and travel need to be washed away. Give the board a thorough spraying with water. Keep detergent or degreasers away from binding to avoid detrimental effects to the binding lubricant. Use a base cleaner or a bit of citrus solvent on a cloth on the snowboard’s base.

Remove or Loosen Bindings

While some enthusiasts feel this step is unnecessary for safe storage, removing bindings definitely makes tuning the board easier. When left on during waxing, screws can pull up and create indentations as the wax and board cool. Bindings left in place also put stress on the board’s base by pulling on the screws. Before loosening or removal, make note of the DIN setting. Also, be sure to have a screwdriver of the proper size handy to avoid stripped bolts and frustration.

Keep Track of Screws

If you do remove the bindings store your binding screws properly now. A securely closed plastic bag, stored along with the board, is an excellent solution.


Sharpening removes rust so oxidation cannot continue through storage and clears away burrs. A file guide makes this task easy by maintaining the same angle for each swipe of the file. Different riding styles call for different angles. Most guides have indicators for you to accurately set the degree. Keep strokes of the file in one direction down the board’s entire length. A few passes should result in the desired edge.

Apply Wax for Storage

While boards should be regularly waxed, waxing for snowboard storage is particularly easy. Simply apply a thick coat and do not scrape. Covering the edges protects them from rust, and covering the base seals it up to stop it from becoming too dry.

Wrap in Plastic

Unless you plan to display your board, wrap it in plastic or return it to its storage bag for further protection. Plastic wrap is essentially important if the board will be stored in a humid area or a damp place such as a basement.

Store Snowboards Upright, Flat, or on Mounts

The snowboard storage tips of experts vary when it comes to position. Many prefer to let the board lean upright against the wall for the preservation of its camber, unless it is a reverse camber board. In that case, store it on its longer side. If sufficient space is available, storing the snowboard in a horizontal position also minimizes stress. If you want your board to double as off-season decor or as a conversation piece, use a wall mount and display it. This also keeps it off the ground and safe from scrapes, chips, and dings.

Use Padding on Hard Surfaces

When stored on a hard floor, either upright or lengthwise, padding should be used to prevent delamination. Old towels, scraps of Styrofoam, or a piece cut out of an old rug are all easy options.

Controversy on Storing Skis

When skis were made without the benefits of today’s technology, their camber had to be managed with blocks for storage. Hanging from the tips was a death sentence for them. Modern skis do not have this issue.

Find Cool, Dry Storage

Skis and snowboards alike call for cool, dry storage. Avoid periods of direct sunlight which can lead to warping and the melting of wax.

A bit of care now helps you enjoy the opening of next season. You can avoid having to rely on ski shops during a time when they are hectically busy. The results will be rewarding when the powder hits the slopes again.

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