Cold Weather Storage

1. Store your gear in a well ventilated space

2. Prepare the space you will use for storage  

3. Ensure that your winter vehicles’ fuel does not leak

4. Inspect your skis prior to storage

5. Dry your ski boots’ liner before storage

6.  Wash your winter clothes properly

7. Remove the batteries from your backcountry gear

 

Once winter is over and the skiing days end, it will be time to bring your winter gear back inside. It may not be essential, but it is always good to find a place in your house where you can store your winter gear for the next cold season and another outdoor adventure.

 

Keeping winter sport equipment after the season could be taxing, but there’s always a way to keep them with ease. Here are some essential ideas for storing your winter gear when the weather gets colder.

1. Store your gear in a well ventilated space

It is advisable that the space for storage be well-ventilated with enough space to allow for a full circulation of air. This would help your snow-covered gears dry quickly, minimising the chances of having unpleasant odours that usually come after usage and a lack of drying properly.  

2. Prepare the space you will use for storage  

This would allow you to determine how certain things should be placed in storage after use. Consider the following:

 

  • Clean the items before putting them away.

  • Store items in a moisture-free area.

  • Hang items like your ski or boots or place them in an elevated area.

  • Racks should hold winter gear in the upright position to collect water runoff, making drying easier.

  • Store winter items in clear plastic bins for easy identification.

  • Label those placed in containers for easier identification.

3. Ensure that your winter vehicles’ fuel does not leak

If you are storing a cold-weather vehicle, make sure that fluids are not leaking and have not frozen or expanded due to the freezing temperature. Look for assistance if there is any. The best way to store this kind of vehicle is to disconnect the battery and its terminals to prevent it from corrosion and possible leakage. Better yet, siphon gasoline and transfer it to another instrument for use, such as a lawnmower. If not, use a gasoline stabiliser so it will still be ready for use in your next winter escapade.

On the other hand, if you have a snow blower, make sure you cover it with a specialised cover or tarp for optimal storage.

4. Inspect your skis prior to storage

This sport equipment requires your attention. Scraping and brushing the base of your skis after use is basic care. Application of hot wax and strapping your skis with a voile strap is also recommended in your care routine. Make sure you wrap the strap on the area where the skis normally meet. This will prevent it from getting damaged while they are in storage.

5. Dry your ski boots’ liner before storage

This will lengthen your boots’ life as it will prevent bacteria and fungus from forming. Also buckle them up so that they will keep their shape while being tucked away in their storage box.

6.  Wash your winter clothes properly

Clean your synthetic-based layers with a base layer wash. With your outerwear, it is advisable that you wash it once during the season. This will help your outerwear shell membrane’s ability to repel and release moisture. After washing, you can then reapply DWR (durable water repellency treatment). This will allow water to bead up and roll off the outer layer of your jacket even before it reaches the membrane.

 

After washing and applying DWR, you need to let the insulation breathe. It follows the same concept as that of a sleeping bag. The fibres within the bag trap the air to keep you warm. Whilst you’re still using it, it would be fine to fit it in a small bag. For storage, it has to hang.

Make sure to dry everything longer than you should. It certainly pays off when you take your gear out of storage and don’t have to wash or throw anything away.

7. Remove the batteries from your backcountry gear

Remove the batteries to prevent your beacon from corroding. Always start using a new battery for it. It is even advisable to just throw it away when the battery is 50% or 75% used. Remember to check it before storing to know whether or not you need to discard and replace it with a new one.Winter doesn’t have to leave you tossed and torn with all the things you need to do for storing winter gears. It doesn’t have to turn your home into a messy place with all the coats, hats and boots. All you need is a place where you know they will be all kept safe in a good storagespace for the next winter season.

 

Spacer can help you with finding a good space for the winter. Check out how it works if you want to rent space. With the numerous options across the country and with hosts who could always accommodate your preference, Spacer is the best place for your winter gear, equipment and accessories.

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