Preparing Your Snow Gear for Summer Storage

Posted by Gary Hohl on 5/8/2021 to How To Articles and Videos
Now is the time to prepare your skis and boots for the summer so they stay in good condition and are ready to go next winter.  Here are a few tips:

1) Clean Your Skis/Snowboard.  The edges on your skis/snowboard will inevitably have naturally occurring salts on them. If you transport your skis on a roof rack or the bed of a truck, to and from the slopes, they will definitely have salt on them.  This salt will rust your edges. So, thoroughly rinse your skis with fresh water, and dry them before they are stored for the summer

2) Wax or Tune Your Sis.  Waxing your skis will protect the bases from oxidizing. Better yet, if your skis or snowboard need tuning, have it done at the end of the season. Not the beginning of next season.  That way your edges and bases are protected, plus your skis are ready to go in the fall.  At your request, we can do what's called a storage wax. We leave on a thick coat of wax, giving the bases extra protection. In the fall, come back in and we'll scrape off the excess wax.

3) Dry Your Boots.  Don't just put your boots in your boot bag and leave them there!  Make sure they have the opportunity to dry out. You can use a boot dryer, a hot boot bag or place them in well ventilated warm area. A lite spray with an anti-microbial (Lysol) can  help extend the life of the liner.

4) Set the Boot Tongue and Buckle the Boots. Push the tongue down into the boot then pull it up to it's natural position. This ensures that the tongue is not getting creased, which can cause discomfort.  Then lightly buckle the boot. This keeps the boot in the proper position.

I hope you found these tips helpful.

If you have other more tips, please write them in the comment section below.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Ski Resorts Operation Status in the Sierras and Lake Tahoe as of Wednesday ,3/18

Posted by Gary Hohl on 3/18/2020 to General information
Here is a list of which ski resorts are open and closed as of Wednesday, March 18 at 3 pm.

Be sure to check websites for the most up-to-date information before making plans or traveling.

Dodge Ridge- no food servive
China Peak- limiting ticket sales

Bear Valley - reevaluating Thursday, 3/19
Diamond Peak - reevaluating Friday, 3/20
Boreal - reevaluating Sunday, 3/22
Sugar Bowl - no reevaluation date
Sierra at Tahoe -no reevaluation date
Heavenly - no reevaluation date
Soda Springs - no reevaluation date
Squaw/Alpine - no reevaluation date
Mammoth Mtn/June - no reevaluation date

Mt. Rose

Helm of Sun Valley’s Grand Opening in 1960

Posted by Gary Hohl on 6/29/2019 to Ski Product Reviews
Last week Rick and I were wondering when Helm of Sun Valley opened its doors in San Mateo.  I always had some vague ideas that the store opened some time in 1959 or 60, but we wanted to verify the exact date.  So we started to a bit of research. Here's what we found...

How to Keep Your Goggles from Fogging

Posted by Gary Hohl on 6/24/2017 to How-To Videos

There is nothing more annoying than having your goggles constantly fogging up. Having to take them off on every chair to clear them is a time-consuming hassle. Luckily there are a few tricks to keeping your goggles clear all day long.

Salomon QST Pro 130 Ski Boot Review

Posted by Gary Hohl on 6/22/2017 to Ski Product Reviews

The QST Pro 130 is the highest performance boot in the QST line by Salomon. This boot has some unique features that set it apart from competitors in the same category.

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