How To Store Your Ski Gear This Summer
Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.
May 11, 2017
Go over any equipment issues while the season is still fresh in your mind, and address
any fixes you’ve put off. It’s discouraging to bust out the gear for a new season and see
that core shot’s still there, that buckle’s still bent, that basket’s still missing.
Get Them Tuned
Shops are busy in the fall, and so are you. Take your skis in now for the post-season
tune and any other backshop business. While you’re there, it’s always worth asking if
the shop is selling any high-end demo models at season’s end. Or…Tune Your Own Skis
Clean and Store Boots Carefully
Boots get filthy, especially if you’re tromping around muddy parking lots on sunny
spring corn-snow days. Take them out of the bag, clean them, and also clean the inside
of the boot bag before replacing the boots and storing in a cool, dry place. Remember,
two things love ski boots especially: mice and mildew. Plan accordingly.
It’s time to dismount the vises and put the tuning tools away. Take inventory of stuff
that needs replacing (wax, brake holders, worn files) and get it done now. Scrape wax
drippings off bench and floor and sweep up filings and wax/sidewall shavings. Store all
tools tidily, keeping all the waxy stuff (scrapers, brushes, bars/vials of wax) separate
from all the metal-working stuff (files, file guides, gummi, stones) so that waxing stuff
doesn’t get contaminated with filings and files don’t get clogged with wax. Protect any
file-guide faces that come into contact with your ski bases from damage: even a small
nick can mar your ski base with every stroke.
(Do Not) Relax Binding Springs
Some grizzled veterans still do this because it gives them peace of mind to know that
their release spring is relaxed and therefore not at risk of permanent deformity (or
whatever), but this isn’t necessary anymore, if it ever was. If you do loosen, it’s crucial
to remember to retighten in the fall (or risk prerelease and possible injury on your first
run of the season). Tape a reminder to your toepieces with DIN values written down.
And remember if you do touch your DIN settings you’re letting shop and manufacturer
off the hook in event of a binding malfunction.
Plan For Next Season
Season passes are already on sale for next year, so take advantage of the low prices
Not Ready to Quit for the Season?
These places are still open (for Memorial Day Weekend at least)
Mt. Rose, Nevada
For the first time in resort history, Mt. Rose will be operating through Memorial Day
this year. To celebrate, they’re having a No Pants Weekend—so bring your
swimsuits, Daisy Dukes, or grass skirts—anything but your ski pants.
Killington’s projected closing date is June 1st, but since they start their summer
activities on May 27th, you’ll be able to ski, golf, and mountain bike all of Memorial
Day Weekend. The perfect holiday trifecta.
Mammoth Mountain, California
Thanks to massive snowfall this season, Mammoth hasn’t even announced its closing
date yet. This Memorial Day weekend they’ll be hosting a Military Skis Free day,
retail sales for next year’s gear, and DJs all weekend long.
Squaw Alpine, California
After its snowiest winter on record, Squaw hasn’t yet announced its closing date
either (it’s hoping to remain open into July). Anyone with a Tahoe Super Pass gets to
ski or ride free during Memorial Day weekend, and friends of pass holders can buy
passes for $19.
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Mt. Bachelor isn’t open on Memorial Day itself, but it’s open the Saturday and
Sunday before, closing out its season on May 28th with a pond skim, beer fest, and
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Oregon
Located right next to a glacier, Timberline’s version of spring skiing doesn’t even
include slush. It keep its lifts spinning not only past Memorial Day, but well into the
summer, giving Timberline one of the longest ski seasons in North America.
With the longest season in Utah, Snowbird will be open Friday through Memorial
Day this year, and then will remain open on weekends for as long as conditions
Aspen Mountain, Colorado
After 18 inches of new snow this last week, Aspen Mountain will reopen Saturday,
Sunday and Monday with 130 acres of its intermediate and advanced terrain skiable
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., via the Ajax Express.
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
A-Basin is usually the last resort to close in Colorado, staying open until June 5th
this year, with a bonus weekend from June 9th to 11th. Its Memorial Day weekend
festivities will feature the Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series and the