HOP How to put your skis away for the summer By Todd Carroll With another ski season in the books, it’s time to start a spring sport, get back in the gym, or just sleep in and relax. Time to stuff the skis in the closet for the summer, too, right? Not so fast. A few simple steps can protect your skis for storage and make them easy to work on when you next have them on your tuning bench. An ounce of prevention, as they say, is often worth a pound of cure. 1. Make sure all of your skis are thoroughly dry. 2. Check edges for burrs, dings, etc. File and diamond-stone the edges as you would for a training session. 3. Scrape the bases with a sharp scraper; brush with a good steel or brass
4. Perform at least one hot-scrape of the base — details are in the next
5. Brush the base with steel or brass brushes after they have cooled from
the hot scraping.
6. Apply a thick coat of warm hydrocarbon wax. To get thicker coats, use
a lower iron temperature while moving the iron faster than usual. You are
trying not so much to saturate the base but rather to create a layer between the base and the outside world.
7. Earn bonus points for getting any
wax off the base and side edges (you
don’t need to scrape) and applying a
This process will also save you time
if you plan to ski during the summer,
or will maximize the value when you
want to sell the skis.
Graphite/moly wax protects from abrasive snow.
Tune your skis the same way
you otherwise would.