So it’s the end of the (both the weather and your) season, there’s no more snow, and you’re planning to pack your skis or snowboard up. Do you do just stash everything in your storage and just forget about it or do you do (long term) storage wax on it? If you didn’t know about this, this article talks about just that: waxing your board just before storing it in your garage.
What is “End of season” waxing?
Fyi this is just my term, due to a lack of a better term. I don’t know if there’s a proper term for this or if this is it.
Basically, before you store your board when the season is done, you wax them first. This is just one of the many things you can do to better take care and preserve your gear.
How does it work?
Welp, it’s simple. If you have waxed your own board already, it’s pretty much that.
You wax your board as you normally would (melt the wax on your board, spread it around, cover all surfaces). The only difference is that this time, instead of scrapping it, you just don’t. Done. 🙂
Then you can chuck it in storage.
You scrap off the wax at the start of the next season 🙂
What does this do?
Basically the way I think of wax is that snowboard is to your skin while wax is to lotion. Wax is basically the lotion for your board.
It’s not just a matter of putting on wax to make your board faster. Sometimes you actually want this even if you don’t want it to be faster.
For example, sure you don’t want to go faster on actual slopes but if you have a severely unwaxed board, it becomes so difficult to skate with one foot (you’re skipping your leg hard but you don’t even go that far) or if you’re in a place with lots of flats/cat tracks, those are times you actually want to go farther for long.
You want to be in the habit of waxing your board every now and then. It doesn’t have to be frequent but at least take care of your board right? lol Like human skin, you don’t “need” lotion, but if you’re out in the hold (plus friction), your skin eventually becomes dry, you get cuts, you bleed, etc.
For your board, it just becomes brittle and crunchy and just deteriorate relatively faster than waxed board (not to mention the performance differences).
Specifically for the long term storage wax, you basically wax and “seal” that moisture on your board with that layer of unscraped wax. Yes, your board dries out even if you don’t ride it.