Summer Ski Care and Storage Wax

Have you had your final ski for the season ? Before you put your skis away for the summer, there are a few things to consider. A great way to make your skis faster next winter is very easy and it should become a regular part of your yearly ski maintenance. The number one thing you need to do before you store your skis for the summer is to clean them properly and get some wax into your ski bases so they don’t dry out over the summer. The problem is that you are excited to get on the bike, or the water or the golf course, and you don’t feel like dealing with your skis. We understand, but we also really encourage you to do this, because it will make a difference in your skis next winter. The following are two easy methods for prepping your skis for the summer season; one is for recreational skis and the other is for race skis. Of course you can always bring your skis into Stussi’s and we can do this service for you. Or if you need to purchase wax and tools to do this service yourself , now is a great time to shop with savings of 20%!

Performance/Recreational/Touring Skis

• Clean your skis. For classic skis, use a putty knife and wax remover/base cleaner in the grip/kick zone. Once it is clean, tape the grip zone with wide masking tape to protect it while you work on the glide zones.

• Use the hot scrape method for cleaning the glide zones by applying a soft base prep wax or hydrocarbon wax, scrape while warm, allow to cool for 10 minutes and then brush out.

• Iron in a layer of soft wax such as Toko Yellow or Swix Yellow. No need to scrape or brush. Just leave the wax on there and scrape and brush next all. That’s it! You are done! That wasn’t so hard now was it?

Race Skis • Use the same procedures as above, but with a few additions.

• Clean and tape off your grip zones on your classic skis.

• Consider conditioning and removing any oxidation from your glide zones, by brushing 4-5 passes with a pre-waxing brush like a fine steel brush, bronze or copper brush. Follow this with 8-10 passes with a fibertex pad

• If you have been using HF waxes or powders on your skis, use a fluor glide wax cleaner to remove the fluorocarbons out of your skis

• Clean your skis thoroughly. Repeat the hot scrape cleaning technique until the wax you scrape off your base is clean and free of black specks.

• Iron in a layer of soft wax, either Swix Yellow, or Toko Yellow or Moly. (We use Swix PS 7 as a travel and storage wax because it doesn’t absorb dirt and it makes a great base wax when you are ready to ski). You are done. ***Store your skis in a cooler area, away from dirt that does not have wide temperature fluctuations.

Stussi Sport provides this storage wax service at two levels:

Recreational skis Storage Wax $20.00

Race ski Storage Wax for $25.00

Need a clean , secure place to store your skis over the summer – Stussi Sport now offers a summer ski storage service for $50 from May to October. Limited space available.

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