As Vail Mountain’s original closing day has come and gone, it is now important to consider what to do, or to have done, with your equipment. While we were all sad to have what was an amazing season cut short, we certainty can’t complain with the great days we were able to ski at Vail. Now that they are behind us however, it is important to consider how to summerize your gear, so that you can come back to them in great shape next season.
- 1. Make sure the bases are in fair condition; small scratches can be left, but any serious damage, deep gouges or core-shots, and scratches against the edge should be repaired first. We always recommend a full tune, or at least an edge ad wax, before the ‘Summerizing’ so that the skis/board are ready to go for the upcoming season.
- 2. The skis must be totally dry; if there is moisture in the bases, or on the edges the thick coating of wax (which will be left on the skis for the duration of storage) can allow for corrosion of the base, or rusting and pitting of the edges.
- 3. Make sure the skis are stored somewhere dry, and ideally out f direct sunlight. This is usually not a problem for people living in the mountains, but should be considered nonetheless. Most skis live in a garage or a closet for the summer and that is great fr their maintenance.
- 4. Prepping for the upcoming season is simple once the skis have been ‘summerized’ for their long break. If we have taken care of them at VBSR then simply bring them back in and let us take care of them. All they need to be ready is to be buffed out, to get the storage wax off, and re-waxed with whatever temperature specific wax is appropriate for the conditions.