On Ski: Preparing skis and equipment for the summer

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We all know how to prepare our skis for the ski season, but what about the end of the season? If you plan to use those same skis and other gear next season, taking the right steps before storing them can ensure a better experience to start another season.

Dave Irons, ski columnist

For skiing, we make sure that the bases of our skis are well impregnated with wax. It’s not just so they slide easily, although that’s a plus. The base material is porous and the wax is a protective sealant. This is even more important in summer. Without the protection of wax, the base can actually deteriorate.

Hope your skis are set up correctly, with the right edge geometry and smooth cutting edges. Rinsing the bindings with water will take care of this vital part of your gear. Next, use a citrus-based cleaner to clean the soles of the skis. Once dry iron on a coat of universal ski wax, but unlike ski waxing, don’t scrape off the wax, let it protect the base over the summer.

Store skis in a cool, dry place, not on a concrete floor. I’m holding mine between the studs of an unfinished wall in the basement. They are standing on the wooden plate and looking away.

Whether you have just one pair or a quiver with multiple pairs, each should get the same treatment for summer storage. If it is well regulated, it will be enough in the fall to heat the wax with an iron and scrape to be ready to ski.

Next, and of crucial importance, are the boots. If you’re skiing late in the spring, the liners can get wet from perspiration after a hot day. Remove the liners from the shells and dry them thoroughly. Once dry, put the liners back in the shoes and buckle them up like you would for skiing. Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Sunlight can actually damage plastic.

Posts must be suspended. I happen to have a wall of old skis in my office and the poles are just hanging from the tips.

Follow these simple steps and your gear will be ready for the new season in the fall.

Didn’t catch Sugarloaf for the Nationals, probably the first ones I missed. But it was good to see that after some ups and downs with the weather, they were able to get going on the descents and as expected the US Ski Team did very well, with Jared Goldberg earning his third straight win . And Sam Morse of Sugarloaf and CVA finished fourth.

Spring is always tricky, especially for speed events. A firm trail is desirable, and snow softened by warm temperatures can be not only difficult, but dangerous at over 80 mph. The fact that the speed trials took place is a tribute to the groomers and course workers at Sugarloaf. This team is one of the reasons the US Ski Team is always happy to have these championships here in Maine. You can still see some great racing next week in the slalom and GS races.

There is still plenty of skiing to come, with the larger areas skiing easily until Easter before you have to prepare those skis for storage.

See you soon on the slopes.

Dave Irons is a freelance writer and columnist from Westbrook. He has contributed to the Sun Journal for many years and is one of the most respected ski editors in the Northeast. He is also a member of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. Write to him at [email protected]


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