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  • Get Your Ski’s out of the Garage Post 1

    Posted on September 12th, 2011 Patricia No comments

    Like an igloo, ski equipment is designed for cold weather, not the heat of the summer. If you store your skis in a sauna-like locale, the possibility exists that they will take on a different personality the next time you hit the slopes. Although you may think your skis appear to be indestructible, they certainly are not. In fact, your skis are especially susceptible to heat and other adverse conditions altering performance and longevity. Even though the opportune time to prepare it for summer hibernation is the end of the winter, it is not too late to spend a few minutes properly stowing your gear.

    The Skis

    Short of pulling a six-foot prophylactic over your skis, there are a few things you can do to keep them primed.

    Start by storing your skis in a dry place with a consistent, mild temperature. “The worst thing we see is when someone lives out by the coast or in a really humid area and throws their skis in the shed out back for the summer,” says Mike Croke, owner of Village Ski Loft in Lake Tahoe. This causes rust and decay of your pricey winter fun gear.

    Take your skis to a local shop for a base cleaning and a storage waxing – this will keep the bases from drying out. Most ski bases nowadays are sintered (defined by Webster’s as: The forming of a coherent mass by heating without melting). This helps the ski to hold more wax and optimize gliding.

    Sintered bases require maintenance – regular cleaning and waxing for starters. Apply wax to minimize the wear and tear effects of water (melted snow) caused by the friction between the base of the ski and the snow. In time, this friction wears down the wax and causes the ski to dry out and slow down.

    The skis’ metal edges, much like ice skates, help the skis to carve and grip the snow. Edges dull and rust when moisture is allowed to dry on them, particularly when left for long periods of time, hence the importance of storing them in a dry place. Croke often sees the results of poor storage from the nearby San Francisco area skiers. “The bases oxidize and the edges get rusted and pitted. It’s really difficult to bring them back to life once that happens” he adds. Riding a ski with dull, rusty edges is like driving a moped on the interstate – not a lot of fun unless you have an addiction to living dangerously.

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