As the snow melts and summer comes upon us, you'll likely be trading your snow tubes and sledding gear for warmer beach-ready clothing. As you prepare for the change of season, make sure you follow some of these basic steps to make sure that your gear is available and ready to use in the next snow season.
1. Clean & Your Equipment
Don't wait until the next season to clean off your gear. This will only result in you having to spend more time (and possibly money) repairing equipment and getting it ready next season.
Rinse everything down using a mild detergent. Use a soft cloth to prevent damage. If you wait until the next season to clean up your equipment, you'll likely be left with cemented on dirt that will take the paint and finish off your equipment.
Chances are good that you have some time between the last snowfall and your first big summer excursion, so take the time now and you’ll thank yourself next winter.
2. Store Your Equipment Properly
Once you've cleaned up and folded snow tubes, it's a good idea to put everything inside a single storage container. You'll need large boxes or plastic tubs for this, or you could invest in a large storage container. This serves as added protection to minimize access critters & pests might have to your equipment. It's a small investment that you'll end up using year after year.
3. Find the Right Storage Location
If you have a home, you can store your gear in a cool, dry place. Choose an area that is climate-controlled when possible. You want to keep your gear out of the way of excessive heat. You'll also want to make sure you store your gear away from any exhaust, chemicals and fumes. Protect your gear by placing it in an area where it won't be victim to any falling objects. Also, you may want to place a tarp over your tubs & equipment to keep things clean & dry.
Your Preparation Will Pay Off
If you follow all of these steps, your gear will be ready to go at the first sign of snow next snow season. Your equipment can add up to a lot of money in the long run, so taking the time now to properly store it can help you save money in the future too!
Do you have Snowshoeing Gear to Store for the Summer too?
Be sure to check out our tips on storing snowshoes in the off season HERE.