Preparing your snowboard for storage is essential to ensuring it stays in good condition and is ready for use when the time comes. Following these steps can help you extend the life of your snowboard and save you significant money in the long run.
Step 1: Clean your snowboard
Before storing your snowboard, it is important to clean it thoroughly. Dirt, grime, and salt accumulates on your snowboard throughout the season. If left unattended this gunk can cause damage to your precious board over time. To prevent this, start by removing any excess dirt or debris with a soft-bristled brush or cloth. Then, use a sponge or cloth and mild soap and water to clean the base, edges, and bindings. Be sure to rinse your snowboard thoroughly to remove any leftover soap residue.
Step 2: Dry your snowboard
After cleaning your snowboard, make sure it is completely dry before storing it. Use a dry microfiber cloth or towel to wipe it down and let it air dry for as long as needed. You can also use a hairdryer on low heat if you are really in a rush but it’s generally not recommended.
Step 3: Loosen your bindings
Before storing your snowboard, it is a good idea to loosen the bindings to take a bit of tension off the straps and board. Just back the screws out ever so slightly This is not a mandatory step but it can help keep the board and bindings in better condition over time.
Step 4: Apply wax
Waxing your snowboard before storage helps protect the base from drying out and cracking. A good coat of wax ensures that your snowboard in good condition and ready for use when winter comes around again. You'll want to go with an all-temp wax and apply it in thick coats over the base of your board. Here’s the kicker: Do not scrape the wax off once applied. Leaving a generous coat until the start of next season seals your clean base and keep it hydrated throughout the summer.
If you need help waxing your board, check out our guide found here.
Step 5: Store your snowboard in a cool, dry place
Finally, store your snowboard in a cool, dry place where it will be protected from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. Try to avoid storing it in areas that are humid or damp, as this can cause rust and other damage to the board. If possible, store your snowboard in a snowboard bag or padded case to provide extra protection. Oh yeah and DO NOT LIE YOUR SNOWBOARD FLAT FOR THE SUMMER. This will cause your snowboard to lose some of its camber over time. Storing it upright just like you would in a ski rack is preferred.
All in all, properly preparing your snowboard for storage plays a crucial role in maintaining its longevity and performance. You worked hard to buy your board and it provides you a significant amount of joy - take care of it like it’s your baby!