As skiing has gained popularity over the past decade, there are more options when it comes to equipment buying; however, it’s still pretty pricey. Learning how to care for your ski equipment is essential to prevent them from prematurely wearing out.
While most people will never have to worry about those minuscule variations in equipment that ski racers obsess over, the majority of skiers and riders could still benefit from proper care of equipment to increase its longevity, as well as give you a better experience. Below are a few tips to help you avoid unnecessary wear on your skis.
Keep Skis Away from Unnecessary Moisture
On a cold day, it’s common to toss snow-covered skis into the back of the car, but when the heater cranks, the skis are now laying in a puddle. We all know what happens to metal when it gets soaked, so you don’t want to botch up the perfectly personality-matching graphics with rusty edges.
Doing any type of routine maintenance that keeps the moisture off your skis when not in use is a big benefit. To help prevent rust follow these tips:
- Get into the habit of brushing snow off of skis
- Dry your skis with a soft cloth
- In the offseason, store your equipment in a dry place
Treat your ski equipment with respect and it will return the favor.
Sealing your skis with a fresh coat of hot wax will give your equipment the TLC they really crave; and the more you do it, the better. Think of ski bases like leather; if not conditioned regularly, they can dry up, shrink, and crack away from the edges. Applying a good coat of hot wax from time to time is all they ask for.
Note: there are many different types of wax for varying temperatures and surface conditions, so if you are unsure of the appropriate choice, check with a professional before you choose.
Ski Edges: Not Just For Racers
Not everyone wants, or needs, that racer-sharp edge, but it doesn’t mean you should neglect them. Regardless of skiing style or slope conditions, you should still check in on your edges every now and then.
Your skis will generally perform better with well-maintained edges. Although you might not notice a difference at first, giving your edges more of a … well, edge will make for a more playful day on the groomers.
If you do ski on packed-powder a lot, aka ice, maintain that grip by avoiding any signs of dullness with more frequent tunings.
Tune Skis With Caution
Just like any type of maintenance, a routine is key; however, it’s good to be cautious when it comes to tuning. There is nothing wrong with wanting your equipment in tip-top shape utilizing the aforementioned tips, but it can become a bit of an addiction.
The lifespan of your equipment does have a direct correlation with tuning, but do be wary of the excessive grinding of your base.
Your base thickness is fixed, and it will only give you so many grinds. Always ask a professional for their opinion first before taking action and only grind down your base when necessary.
Buckle Ski Boots
The equipment attached to the ski can be just as important as the ski itself. Don’t neglect taking care of your ski boots. One of the best ways to maintain your boots is to keep them buckled at all times; while you’re shredding and while you’re NOT.
Once you are done with your day on the slopes make sure you re-buckle your boots! Keeping the boots unbuckled will cause them to lose their shape. Ski boots are very rigid; for a good reason, too, so maintaining their shape will help your boots wear longer and perform the way they are supposed to.