Spring is here, the snow is melting, your local resort has closed, and you're already turning your focus to summer hiking and backpacking trips. Before you dump your ski gear in a corner to gather dust and rust over the humid summer months, use this guide to properly prepare your snowboards and skis for summer storage. A little summer prep will prolong the life of your ski gear and ensure you are ready to hit the slopes as soon as the first flakes fall next winter.
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Your bindings handle an incredible amount of force as you ride all season. Take a moment to inspect and clean them and look for any damage. If you have a snowboard remove or loosen the bindings. This will protect your top sheet and binding inserts by relieving the tension a mounted binding exerts on them. If you have skis loosen the DIN settings on each binding's toe and lock the heals in the the ski position. These settings make sure there is no tension on your ski binding's springs, so they are fresh for next season.
Inspect the edges of your skis or snowboard looking for any rust, or burrs. If you see any issues, use a ski or snowboard edge file to sharpen and file down any trouble spots. Even if you don't see any rust, be sure to remove any burrs, because they will form rust first.
Pro-Tip: Make sure you use a specially designed edge file. They are designed to ensure you never dull or bevel your edges. Or if you aren't comfortable tuning your own edges, consider having your local shop do it for you.
As the snow melts with spring it becomes increasingly dirty and so do your skis and snowboards. Us a base cleaner to give your base a thorough cleaning. You should always follow the directions on the bottle, but the basic idea is to spray on the base cleaner and then wipe the base clean with an old rag. This should leave your base clean and ready for a thick coat of summer wax.
Next apply a thick coat of wax. If you aren't familiar with how to wax your base, consult our waxing guide to learn how to wax skis and snowboards like a pro. A soft warm or all-temp wax is a good choice for summer storage because it will suite early winter conditions for your first day on the slopes next season. Apply a generous layer of wax, about double what you would use for a regular wax. For summer storage you won't be scraping the wax. This will seal and protect your base during storage, and all you will need to do next season is scrape the wax and you'll be ready for first chair.
If you have a bag for your skis and snowboards, place them inside and find spot to store them. Avoid areas like a hot and humid attic or damp basement. The ideal spot will have a constant temperature and humidity. Good places to consider storing your skis or snowboard include under a bed or an inside closet.
Snowshoeing is an activity that can open your eyes to breathtaking new dimensions and faces of nature. Not only is it a fun and achievable goal to help you get outside during the winter, but it is an experience unlike any other that is sure to make an impression.
Though it can be overwhelming to think about planning a beginner trip in the winter weather, anyone can take a snowshoeing trip with the right preparation and mindset. For me, a cold-natured summer hiker, snowshoeing offers confidence in my own abilities and an outlet to enjoy the winter that I have grown to anticipate and love.
My favorite family Christmas tradition has always been driving up into the mountains and cutting our own Christmas tree. We grew to perfect the process, carefully judging potential trees for our own living room and for the growing number of family members who began to ask for real trees, too. Grandma likes her tree not too full, but Nana likes it when the branches droop, like trees on vintage postcards. Each year, we would cut a little bit off of the trunk and add it to our quirky collection.
Though you probably do not know her name, Whitney Thomas is a true outdoorswoman.
When I set out to interview her about women in the outdoors, I had no idea how strikingly real and powerful her insights would be. Instead of lingering on the lack of quality, technical women’s gear (and how so much of it is pink) or on the gender gap in guiding, Whitney took time to talk over why she loves the outdoors, and what all it has offered her.
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|8 - 10.5||41 - 45||26 - 28.5|
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|Medium||6 - 8||Length: 26 ½"||Width: 16 ½"|
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