Have you ever thought about how
snowboard must feel being set aside in
the garage after a hard day on the mountain
without so much as a wipe down with a dry towel?
Or when a
board rusts to the point that
touching it would require an automatic Tetanus
Aspen Ski and Board has thought of it.
One of the downsides to working at a ski shop
(and there aren’t many) is to see wounded
equipment come back in with a life expectancy
greatly reduced because the gear has not been
maintained. The following is advice on how to
keep your equipment in the best condition,
ultimately resulting in better performance and
bottom of your swimming pool is not a good place
Equipment is best stored in an environment
that is dry and free of moisture. Being able to
store your entire family’s equipment in the
hallway closet is sometimes impossible. The
garage often becomes the default location for
storage. If the equipment is exposed for a
prolonged period in this setting, it will rust.
Covering up the edges and having them stored in
snowboard bags helps hide the equipment
from the damp environment of your garage or
My equipment can dry on its
Like most other items, your equipment CAN dry
on its own. It is also accompanied by a process
called rusting. The water will indeed dry and go
away-and by dry I mean react with air and
exposed metal to cover your edges in rust. The
number one mistake people make with their
equipment is storing it in a bag or other place
while it is still wet. The time it takes for
water to evaporate is more than enough time for
rusting to set in. Prolonged rusting will
degrade your equipment, plain and simple.
Prevent this by wiping your equipment off with
an old towel when you are done riding. Keep
several towels in your carrier if you transport
equipment that way. Any moisture you remove from
exposed metal right away will decrease the
chances of rust setting in.
Waxing every 3 – 5 times
you ski will ensure your equipment stays in top
Novels can be written about
methods, waxing theories, etc. Suffice it to say
wax is talked about so passionately because
it helps make the experience of riding better!
Wax will help reduce friction. It will help
protect the edges from rusting if it is used on
equipment that will be stored long-term
(definitely come in to
Aspen Ski and Board and
have storage wax put on for the off season).
Properly waxed equipment will respond more
directly to your commands. Perhaps most
important is that wax improves glide, creating a
friction-free sensation that is second to none.
Waxing is the cheapest kind of maintenance
associated with riding. Many shops will charge
upwards of $15 for an iron-on-wax. Aspen Ski and
Board offers a full iron-on wax for only $7.95!
The price is nearly half the norm because we
stand behind the important role plays in the
overall riding experience. Waxing every 3 – 5
times you ski will ensure your equipment stays
in top condition.
What happens if I never wax
my ski or board?
It makes enjoying the true nature of riding
that much harder. Waxless bases will inhibit
glide and make turning more difficult as a
result. Never waxing your board will result in
irreparable damage by degrading the base
material due to friction between the base and
snow. Neglecting to keep bases waxes can allow
water to saturate into and under the base
material causing warping, or “base bubble”. If
you were never to wax your equipment you will
decrease the longevity of the equipment. Cars
need their oil changed and skis and boards need
Snowboard bindings-screw ‘em!
Snowboard bindings in particular have a
number of working parts that rely on screws and
straps. These parts are features to help dial
your fit just right. These screws always need to
be checked and tightened.
Aspen Ski and Board
recommends you tighten your equipment every time
you go riding. Carrying a pocket tool makes this
maintenance easy and hassle free. Base plate
screws are not drilled in and glued like a
binding. Riding all day can loosen these screws.
In addition toe and ankle straps, along with
ratchets and ladders can all work their way
loose. Tighten ‘em!
My ski bindings don’t need
maintenance, right? I just click in and rip it!
Aspen Ski and Board recommends a yearly check
ski bindings. This is accomplished by a
release check. A release check takes the user’s
height, age, weight, skier ability level, and
boot sole length to determine the setting on the
binding (called the DIN setting) and the force
required to release you from the binding in the
event of a fall. Release checks must be
done by a certified ski technician like the ones
that work at
Aspen Ski and Board. The boot is
inserted in the binding and forcibly released
with a Vermont calibrator that measures force to
determine if the binding is true to its
calculated release setting. Factors like boot
and binding wear, or an increase/decrease in
height, weight, ability or boot size will
require a release check to be performed every
season. Similar to our low prices on waxing,
Aspen Ski and Board only charges $14.95 for a
release check to ensure safety on the hill is
My boots smell like wet
cardboard and a post-game hockey locker room
Remove your liners when you are finished for
the day. If the liners are too hard for you to
remove, at least remove the footbed so no
moisture is trapped between the liner and the footbed.
skiers can follow this
very simple rule to help keep your boots from
being quarantined in the garage-and further
decreasing their shelf life. A dark, wet, and
cool environment is a great place for mold and
bacteria to make a home in. Instead of giving
them this little slice of heaven, removing the
liners and drying them overnight either by air
or rolling up newspaper and inserting them into
the liners will go a long way in preventing
mold, bacteria, and their associated odors from
getting to the promised land of your boot liner.
Putting your boot and liners too close to a high
temperature object like fireplaces or heaters
can result in melting. Aspen Ski and Board sells
models of boot & glove dryers to help dry
quickly without melting.
If left to its own devices,
plastic will lose its form and function
I’m talking specifically about
the plastic that your ski boots are made of.
Over time, plastic will return to its original
shape. Since most plastics are not originally
formed in the shape of
ski boots, the plastic at
the cuff will lose its form. Plastic will
remember a bad position if left there for even a
small period of time. Prevent this by keeping
your boots buckled! You don’t have to wrench the
buckles down to last notch, but keep them
lightly buckled. You will keep plastic in the
form that it was in when the boots were brand
new. This ties in with a lasting fit, helping
ensure your foot stays comfortable and secure.