It is always a sad day when you know you have to put your ski boots away for the season. Since your ski boots are one of the most important pieces of ski gear that you own it is incredibly important that you take care of them in the off season.
How to dry your ski boots?
The first thing you want to do is make sure that they are totally dry. Even if it has been a few weeks since you last made turns water and moisture can still be trapped inside. An easy way to do this is to remove the liner.
- Unbuckle the boots all the way.
- Place the boots on your thigh with the toes pointed down.
- With one hand on the back of the liner and one hand on the back of the shell, push the liner out.
You may still see water sitting on the bottom of the shell. Shake the boot. You may see that the bootboard or zeppa board is shaking around in there. Go ahead and pull this out too. If you have skied recently you may want to reach in the shell with a rag to soak up all the water.
The liners of your ski boots may still be damp if your last day skiing was wet, springtime snow or a deep powder day. Keeping your liners dry for storage will prevent them from getting stinky or musky. A Ski Boot Dryer keeps air circulating and will help dry them faster. This accessory comes in very handy during the season as well. I know that I take mine on every ski trip. Stuffing a couple of dryer sheets in the toes of your liners is also a great way of keeping them fresh for next ski season.
Once your liners and shells are completely dry, it’s time to put them back inside the shell.
- Make sure the shell is unbuckled all the way.
- Set the shell on a hard surface.
- Slide your hands inside the liner.
- Slightly curl the toes upward.
- Push the liner back into the shell.
Keep the shell closed
Always keep your ski boots buckled when you are not wearing them. Keeping them buckled helps maintain the shape of the cuff. When a ski boot is made the cuff is made from a flat piece of plastic that is then heated and bent to match the shape of your leg. Leaving the cuffs unbuckled will make the plastic want to return to its natural shape. Once they start to bend into their natural shape, this can cause fit issues next season. The buckles do not need to be clasped overly tight, just enough to prevent them from flattening out.
Where to store your ski boots in the off season?
Many times in my bootfitting career people have brought in ski boots for me to look at that have been stored in a garage. Keeping them in a garage is never a good idea. Mostly due to the fact that many times critters find a ski boot as a nice warm, place to live. Rodents can easily destroy a ski boot liner. Storing your ski boots in a basement or closet are always the best options. A good Ski Boot Bag always keeps all of your gear together so you are ready to go the first day the lifts are spinning.
For many years, I have been saying take good care of your ski gear and it will take good care of you. Ski boots can be a major investment, and having good pair of comfortable boots can make or break your ski season. Taking good care of them when you are not using them will lengthen their lifespan and ensure they are comfortable next season. For more information on storing your skis for the summertime please check out our previous blog on The Best Ways to Store your Ski Gear in the Off Season.