End Of Season Care Instructions For Your Skis

Preparing your skis for the summer is a crucial step to prolonging their life span. 

Alpine, cross-country and Nordic skis as well as snowboards all have the same in common: a base that needs to be protected for optimal glide! So before putting your equipment away for the summer, here are a few tips you should follow.

Required Supplies

End Of Season Care Instructions For Your Skis


Before storing your skis away, make any required repairs in the base with a repair kit and file your edges. This way, your equipment will be ready to go when you pull it out next season!

For cross-country skis, remove all excess kick wax with Fiberlene and Glide Wax Remover. This is mostly important if you have put Klister or hot kick wax on your base, as spring skiing often requires.

How to properly clean klister and kick wax from classical cross-country skis:

  1. Use tape on either side of the kick wax section (covering the glide zones) and cover your kick wax section with Fiberlene paper.
  2. Using your iron, heat over the paper and klister.
  3. Use your scraper to peel off the paper.
  4. Apply base cleaner to a piece of Fiberlene paper and wash off the last residues of Klister.

Once you have cleaned the kick wax section, you can now simply clean the glide zone of classic skis and all other skis mentioned above by simply applying glide wax remover, letting it work and then cleaning the base with a piece of Fiberlene.

Once your base is clean, you need to protect it from drying. Apply a coat of Swix wax for colder temperatures (about the ones you’ll encounter at the beginning of the ski season).

It is recommended to use hard wax for optimal protection versus using wax in spray.

Apply a good amount of wax with a clean iron, melting it onto the base going from the tip to the tail in 8 to 10 seconds. Overheating and burning your base will compromise its ability to absorb wax, rendering it very slow on the snow. If you ever accidentally burn your base, bring it to your local ski shop to grind it down and start fresh.

Once your base is waxed, if your skis have edges, make sure to remove the wax from edges only to ensure that moisture is not trapped over the summer, causing them to rust.

You can store your skis and snowboards flat or standing, as long as their bend is free. Do not hang them from the tips, which would put pressure on the skis and potentially damage the shape.

If you do tie them face to face, always use proper ski straps on the top and end of the skis, where they naturally touch together. This way, they will safely stay put without the bases rubbing against one another.

If you would like to store them in a ski bag, ensure your skis and bag are completely dry.

The wax on your skis will protect your base from dust and humidity all summer long. All you’ll need to do when winter comes next season is scrape the excess wax off and brush the base with a nylon brush to hit the slopes or trails!

Here’s a summary of the steps for all bases:

  • Repair your base
  • File your edges (if applicable)
  • Clean your base
  • Apply wax
  • Remove wax from edges (if applicable)
  • Store in a cool, dry place until next season