Terry McEnany, MD, draws on extensive experience as a ski instructor with Ski and Snowboard Schools in Aspen, Colorado. There, Dr. Terry McEnany has advised skiers on topics ranging from safety and technique to off-season storage.
Before putting skis away for the
long summer, it is important to thoroughly wash all parts with water
and a soft brush. Owners should then fully dry the skis and inspect the
level of wax remaining on the base. Some skiers choose not to apply wax
if a coating remains on the ski, while others believe that a thorough
wax without scrape and polish is important for proper ski protection.
should also carefully assess for any discoloration or cracking on the
bindings. In general, most bindings will need replacement after five
seasons or several hundred days of use. Those who set their binding
settings at 7 or above may wish to lower the settings for storage to
avoid pressure, though experts recommend making a visible note to re-set
the number before use the following season. Skiers should then choose a
location for storage where skis will not be exposed to heat and where
no pressure is applied that might bend the skis themselves.