There’s an undeniable bond between a snowboarder and their board. After nearly two decades (yes, I’m that old) of carving fresh powder, my snowboard has become more than mere sports equipment—it’s a companion.
However, as with any valuable companion, it demands care and attention.
Proper storage of your snowboard ensures it’s ready to ride when winter returns (which is soon for my Northern-Hemisphere readers!).
Let’s delve into the intricacies of how to store a snowboard for the summer.
To store your snowboard, clean it thoroughly, repair any damage and remove the bindings. Apply a generous layer of wax to the base without scraping it off. Store it in a cool, dry place. Regular monthly checks for any issues are recommended to keep your snowboard in good condition during the off-season.
Just like a loyal friend, your snowboard needs a good rest after a long and tiring season. Proper storage not only prolongs its lifespan but also ensures that it remains in top-notch condition.
I learned this the hard way during my first few snowboard seasons. In fact… it cost me my first job as a snowboard technician (a story for another time!).
In this guide, I’ll share a blend of the expert advice and personal insights I’ve collected over the years.
Preparing Your Snowboard for Storage
Rookie mistake numero uno; you can’t just shove your board in the garage and hope for the best. I’m talking from experience here.
Before you hide your board away for the summer, follow these steps:
1. Remove The Bindings
Before you begin the cleaning and repairing process, it’s crucial to remove the bindings from your snowboard.
This not only allows for a thorough cleaning, it also relieves stress on the snowboard and hardware.
- Organizing the hardware: Once you remove the bindings, keep the mounting screws safely packaged up! A small zip-lock bag works great for this. Label it if necessary, especially if you have different sets of hardware.
2. Clean Your Board
Your snowboard has served you well during the season, now it’s time to return the favor.
Brush off any snow and ice: Start by brushing off any remaining snow and ice. A soft brush is ideal to prevent scratching the surface of your board. I also recommend letting your board sit at room temperatures for 24-hours or so. This ensures any remaining water has evaporated.
Wipe down the surface: A thorough wipe down with a damp cloth will help remove any remaining dirt or grime. You’d be surprised how much can accumulate over a season!
Dealing with stubborn grime: For the stubborn spots, a mild detergent mixed with warm water works wonders. Gently scrub until the grime loosens up, then wipe it clean. You might also want to use a toxin-free snowboard base cleaner too. These are pretty cheap and effective these days.
3. Repair Any Damage
Addressing minor damages now can save you a heap of trouble in the future. It also means your board is rearing to go when the season hits!
Identify and fix minor base damage: Inspect your snowboard for any nicks or scratches. A P-Tex candle can be used to fill in minor gouges on the base.
Repairing Topsheet Dings: Over the season, it’s common for the top sheet to get dings or minor chips. Repairing these with epoxy-resin will prevent water from seeping into the core, which can cause delamination. Apply the epoxy as per the instructions, ensuring a smooth, even surface upon drying.
When to seek professional repair: If you notice significant damages, it might be wise to get your board professionally repaired. Trust me, resolving issues now will prevent them from worsening during storage.
Protecting Your Snowboard
Why it’s essential: A generous layer of wax will protect the base from oxidation and drying out.
Different types of wax: There are various waxes available; however, I find that an all-temperature wax works well for storage purposes.
How to wax your snowboard for storage:
- Clean the base: Before applying wax, ensure the base of your snowboard is clean and dry.
- Choose a wax: For storage, a budget-friendly all-temperature wax works well.
- Melting the wax: Using a waxing iron, melt the wax and spread it generously over the base. You don’t have to worry about scraping it off – this thick layer of wax will protect the base from oxidation.
- Let it cool: Allow the wax to cool and harden. Your board is now ready for storage!
Padding Edges (Optional)
Your snowboard’s edges are its key weapon—sharp and ready to carve. Keeping them that way requires a bit of pre-storage pampering.
The importance of edge protection: Covering the edges to prevent rust is crucial. Rust can dull the edges and lead to a tedious tuning process later on.
Options for padding or protecting the edges: Wrapping the edges with a cloth or using edge protectors can keep them sharp and rust-free.
Choosing The Right Storage Space
Temperature and Humidity Considerations
A suitable storage environment is key to preserving your snowboard’s shape and functionality.
Ideal conditions: Look for a cool, dry place. Humidity and drastic temperature changes can warp your board or cause the adhesive between the layers to deteriorate. I found a spot in my garage where the conditions remain relatively stable year-round.
Tips to create a suitable space: If your area is prone to humidity, consider investing in a dehumidifier. Also, avoid storing your board near heaters or in direct sunlight.
Accessibility matters, especially when you have the itch to hit the slopes at the first snowfall.
Storing your snowboard in a convenient, accessible place: Having a dedicated spot makes it easy to grab and go when the snow calls.
Considering your space options: Wall racks, snowboard bags, or under-bed storage are all good options. I personally prefer a wall rack as it keeps the board off the ground and in sight.
Storing Your Snowboard
Proper positioning during storage helps to maintain the structural integrity of your snowboard.
- Vertical vs horizontal storage: Vertical storage is my go-to as it saves space and helps retain the board’s shape. However, horizontal storage is also fine as long as it’s flat and elevated off the ground to prevent warping.
A good cover shields your board from dust, dirt, and accidental dings.
Using a snowboard bag or cover: Investing in a durable snowboard bag or cover helps keep your board protected and clean.
Benefits of covering your snowboard: It also keeps the wax job intact and provides an added layer of protection against any unexpected knocks.
Regular Checks and Maintenance
Though in storage, regular checks ensure your board remains in top condition.
Suggested schedule for checking on your stored snowboard: I recommend a quick monthly check to ensure there’s no rust forming on the edges or any other issues cropping up.
Addressing any emerging issues promptly: Tackle any minor issues you find immediately to prevent them from becoming major problems.
Like any other prized possession, a snowboard requires care and attention.
If you simply throw it into the garage, next season you’ll be greeted by rusty rails and a bone-dry base.
Following my comprehensive guide on proper storage will ensure that your snowboard remains in excellent condition, ready to carve once the winter season rolls back around.
Remember, a well-cared-for snowboard performs better and lives longer. So don’t be lazy!
FAQs About Storing Your Snowboard
1. Can I store my snowboard standing upright?
Yes, you can store your snowboard standing upright. It’s a common and space-saving way to store it. Just make sure it’s in a cool, dry place to prevent any warping or other damage.
2. How often should I check my snowboard during off-season storage?
Realistically, most of you will forget about your snowboard until nearer the season. However, a monthly check is still good practice. Look for any signs of rust, warping, or other damages. Regular checks will help you catch and address any issues before they escalate.
3. Can I store my snowboard in a snowboard bag?
Absolutely! I do this all the time.
Storing your snowboard in a snowboard bag will help protect it from dust, dirt, and minor dings. Just ensure the bag is clean and dry before placing your board inside.
4. Is it necessary to wax my snowboard before storage?
Yes, waxing your snowboard before storage is highly recommended. The wax creates a protective layer that prevents the base from drying out or getting oxidized.
Don’t be lazy!
5. Should I remove the bindings before storing my snowboard?
It’s a good practice to remove the bindings to relieve stress on the snowboard, especially if you plan on storing it for an extended period. Moreover, it provides an opportunity to check and clean your bindings and the board.
Again… don’t be lazy!
6. Do You Have A Video on How to Store Your Snowboard?
Absolutely. Here’s The House’s Matt Guf with an excellent explanation video:
7. Can a snowboard be stored horizontally?
Yes, a snowboard can be stored horizontally, provided it’s on a flat surface and elevated to prevent any contact with moisture on the floor. Never place any significant weight on it – this can cause warping and loss of camber.