Despite most everyone being ready for summer there is still a ton of skiing to be had! However if you’re one of the folks out cycling already and are ready to hang up the skis be sure to storage wax them for summer before you hide them away. That goes for all your skis; nordic, telemark, AT, snowboard, etc…. I’d say it’s more important for the folks with nordic skis however a good cleaning and covering of wax for the heavy metal gear is never a bad idea.
Why should you storage wax your skis?
First of all to prevent oxidation of the bases. This can happen when a ski base is exposed to oxygen over a length of time. I’m sure you’ve seen it before, it’s the whitish hazy coloration on skis. What actually happens is the outer most layer of base material hardens and isn’t able to absorb wax as a healthy base would. Putting storage wax on your skis when not in use reduces the possibility of oxidation.
Secondly, a layer of wax on your bases will protect them over summer from getting scratched or dinged up. Once people are in full summer mode I’ve seen skis piled in the corner and many other thing stacked on top as they await for the snow to return. Another good tip is to loosely bind them together with ski ties or straps in order to lessen the stress on any camber.
Thirdly, a soaking of wax over summer is similar to leaving them in a hotbox. The higher temps of summer time can allow the storage wax to slowly penetrate the bases keeping them ready to rock and roll once you get them out for winter! In the past I’ve stored my skis in the rafters of my garage which obviously has higher temps in the summer, however just be careful it isn’t getting too hot and causing your ski to delaminate.
So what’s the process? According to Toko here’s what you need to do, pretty simple:
Summer Storage Waxing
Here are Toko’s recommendations for storage waxing of skis. First, brush the base out with a copper brush. Then drip on a generous amount of System3 or LF Red. Iron it in making sure that there is enough wax to provide a thick layer on the base and that the iron is hot enough to ensure a good bond between the wax and the base. This ironing procedure is normal, but sometimes a person rushes through storage waxing and the wax is not really heated outside of that it becomes liquid. The ski bases often times don’t even become warm. This will result in air between the base and the ski and less protection.
Red is our choice for storage waxing as Blue is so hard that it is more difficult to make sure that there is no air between the ski and base and Yellow is so soft that it gets “eaten away” quicker. System3 Red is good, but LF Red is even better as
its consistency is perfect. If waxing skis or a board with metal edges, slop the wax over the edges and cover them too.
1. Brush skis out well with Copper Brush
2. Iron in System3 Red or LF Red making sure adequate wax is used and
that the wax is heated in well.
And for you heavy metal folks at the very least wipe off the dirt and dry your edges after that final corn skiing session (which could be a while off here in Tahoe!). Otherwise your edges will end up rusty and bindings full of grit next fall when your ready to dodge rocks up on Mt. Rose in November.