Summer Storage by Brian Ray

Eventually – numerous weeks from now, as I write this – the ski season will end. But before you jump on your bike or kayak or into the pool, or on to your running shoes, spend a little quality time with your friends who have served you so well this winter. They will thank you for it.
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Skis need to be thoroughly cleaned – both kick and glide zones. Use a scraper to get as much of that wax or klister off the kick zone and then use wax remover (this is the only time I use that stuff all year) and then polish with fiberlene.
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The glide zones should be cleaned by “hot waxing” and then aggressively brushing them (I use a steel brush). Now they are clean. Melt in a soft wax, attach them with ski ties (do NOT compress and bind them at the camber), give them one last hug and store them somewhere cool and dry.
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I like to stuff my boots with scrunched up newspaper to keep them dry and to hold their shape. They, too, need to be stored somewhere cool and dry.
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While you are at it, maybe this is the time to sharpen and clean your scrapers (using wax remover) and cleaning your brushes (with a shop vacuum ideally, or a regular one), maybe even go through your wax box and get rid of that dried up klister or that gummy can of red touring wax you know you will never use again.
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No doubt there is more information on line and many of you will have your own routines, but the main point is to clean your equipment and prevent your ski bases from oxidizing or drying out by keeping the pores filled with wax.
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