Winter Sports Gear Storage Tips
Did you invest in some winter ski gear this year, such as skis or snowboards? We hope you had a great time in and around Calgary’s ski hills. There is still some great skiing left for you, but it is never too early to start thinking about safely and carefully storing your skis, boots, poles and clothes. You probably invested some money in to this gear and by taking good care of these things, you will make them last longer.
Discover how you can save valuable home space and your valuable money by following these how to store your winter sports equipment tips!
1. Don’t Store Your Gear in Humid Areas
While you may be tempted to keep them out of sight in the garage or basement, don’t—the moisture in those areas can damage the shape of your boards or skis and cause rust. Additionally, basements and garages are more susceptible to fluctuating temperatures, which can also be very hard on your gear.
2. Avoid Travel Bags for Storing Your Gear
In addition to keeping your winter sports equipment out of damp areas, be sure to not keep your ski boots, ski pants and jacket in travel bags for storage. While they’re useful for road trips, travel bags can trap moisture that can damage your gear if left unattended in a closet for too long.
3. Store and Display Your Gear with Wall Mounts
Instead of endangering the condition of your skis or snowboard, put them on display and keep them out of the way by mounting it on the wall. From Amazon to your local hardware store, there’s a wide variety of sturdy storage hooks and wall mounts you can use to stow your gear. Remember to store them horizontally to prevent gravity from damaging their shape. This is very important – skiing on damaged equipment can be dangerous.
4. Use Shelves for Ice Skates
While they’re significantly smaller than snowboards or skis, ice skates can still take up a lot of space in your home. It may seem easier to store them on the floor, but these bladed skates can become a serious safety hazard. Keep them stored out of the way in a sturdy closet organizer. Be sure to keep guards on your skates’ blades, as they can be damaged by any surface that isn’t ice or carpet.
5. Give Your Gear a Home Away from Home with Self Storage
While do-it-yourself wall mounts and shelves are useful storage solutions, you may not always be able to use them. From living in an apartment that doesn’t allow drilling into walls to residing in a house without enough closet space, sometimes you simply don’t have enough room in your home for gear.
Thankfully, there’s a convenient storage solution: Bow City Storage. If you get a small indoor heated unit at Bow City Storage you can protect your winter sports gear and take back space in your home. With some easily fastened hooks, you can hang your skis vertically, and by installing some simple racking, you can line up the ski boots. Worried about humidity? We’ve got you covered with our climate-controlled units. Give yourself the gift of self storage this winter season. Using self storage will keep your winter gear items in great shape, safe and organized and ready for next season. See you on the slopes in and around Calgary for at least a few more weeks hopefully.