How to Store Your Ski Boots in the Off Season
At Vermont Ski and Sport, we consider the SKI BOOTS to be the most important aspect of your skiing performance and comfort. Without a properly chosen and fitted ski boot, your feet will be unhappy and thus your ski experience will be sub-par. To keep your investment performing for many seasons to come, there are some crucial storage steps to consider for the off season.
1.) Pull your liners and footbeds and allow to dry for a day or two. Check the condition of liners and footbeds and replace anything that needs to be replaced (your early season skiing self will thank you for not leaving it for them to figure out). Bonus points if you vacuum the pet hair and/or dirt/sand/dust.
2.) Clean the ski boot shells top to bottom first with a vacuum then with water and mild soap. Do not use abrasive cleaners or chemicals here. The goal is to remove the dirt/sand/dust from spring skiing and parking lot apres.
3.) Put the clean and dry liners/footbeds back into the shells of the boot, and buckle the boots lightly. All buckles should be buckled but not overly tight. The reason for this is plastic does not have a memory, and ski boots stored unbuckled will warp and fit different by the time winter comes back. ALWAYS STORE SKI BOOTS FULLY BUCKLED.
4.) BONUS: I like to stuff a clean ski sock loosely into the top of each ski boot. This helps prevent critters, dampness, dust, and more from entering your stored boots.
5.) Store your ski boots in a clean closet that is free of dampness, dust, critters, etc. NEVER STORE SKI BOOTS IN AN OLD GARAGE OR UN-FINISHED BASEMENT. We are looking for a clean dry area without a lot of temperature fluctuation.
And that’s it! Rest easy knowing your ski boots are ready to grab off the shelf at the first sign of snow next fall/winter. Questions or comments? Email us!