How to Store Your Snowboard During the Offseason

Proper storage can help prevent damage to the board

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When the snowboard season ends, most riders haphazardly toss their snowboard into the garage or basement and don't think about it again until the snow starts falling. Unfortunately, this can lead to problems down the road. Improper storage can cause a dry base, rusted edges, delamination, and the eventual loss of the board's camber, the positive bend in the board that gives it an energetic, "poppy" feel.

The good news is that it's very easy to properly store your snowboard at the end of the season, and just a small amount of work will pay big dividends over the life of your snowboard.

Give It a Tune-Up

Before storing your snowboard, give it a good tune-up. By waxing the board's base and sharpening its edges, you'll protect your investment throughout the summer months. A thick, almost sloppy coat of wax will seal the base of the board and prevent it from drying out while sharpening the edges will remove any rust that may have accumulated from your last days on the slopes. (Remember: In snowboarding—as in many pusuits—rust is your enemy.)

Another advantage to tuning-up your board before you put it away is knowing that it will be ready to go when opening day rolls around next season.

Wrap It Up

The next step in preparing your snowboard for summer storage is to wrap it up. Although your freshly tuned edges don't have any rust on them at the moment, certain environments—especially in the basement or garage—are laden with humidity that can encourage rust growth.

Remove the bindings with a Phillips screwdriver, then either place your board in the plastic zip-up bag it came in or wrap the entire board in plastic shrink-wrap material. Place your binding screws in a plastic zip-close bag for safekeeping, and then tape them to the board.

Find a Great Storage Spot

Now it's time to actually put your board to rest for a few months. The best place to store your board is inside the house, especially if you have a space available with a carpeted floor and little moisture in the air. If this isn't an option, the basement will suffice. (That's why you wrapped the board in plastic wrap).

Store your board standing up to preserve the camber, but don't place it directly on the hard floor. Cut a section of an old rug, or grab a few plastic foam blocks, or some old towels to use as a cushion for the tail of the board. Doing so will prevent the tail from delaminating—or detaching—from undue pressure over a long period of time. (You can fix the problem, with some effort, but why do so when proper cushioning will prevent the damage?)

Then kiss your pride and joy goodnight for a summer's hibernation, and rest easy knowing that your snowboard will be well protected over the summer months.