How to Store Ski and Snowboard Gear in Coeur d'Alene

Krista Diamond | November 27, 2019 @ 12:00 AM

In the winter, Coeur d'Alene is a dream come true—if you dream about skiing and snowboarding, that is. The northern Idaho city sees almost 70 inches of snow every year, which is great news for anyone who loves outdoor sports in the mountains. The snow that falls in Coeur d'Alene is powdery and perfect for hitting the slopes. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far to do just that. Silver Mountain, Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Lookout Pass Ski Area are located near Coeur d'Alene. Choose your favorite or hit up all three, and then store your ski and snowboard gear in a Coeur d'Alene storage unit once the season ends. 

Why You Should Store Your Ski and Snowboard Gear at Storelocal Coeur d'Alene

So why should you rent a storage unit for your winter gear when you could just store it in your garage? A storage unit is a more secure option, it’s cheaper than you think and it alleviates clutter at home. Storage units are available in a variety of sizes, but if you’re just storing skis, snowboards or other winter gear, you probably only need a 5x5 unit.

Storelocal Coeur d'Alene is centrally located in town at 3655 North Cederblom Street and offers gate hours from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., so whether you’re looking to get after it early or stay until after sunset, we’ve got your covered. Our storage facility offers drive-up access and other great amenities including on-site management and gated entry.

Preparing Your Ski and Snowboard Gear for Storage

Storing your ski and snowboard equipment is pretty foolproof (more on that in a moment), but preparing it for storage requires a little bit of know-how. You can’t just go from the mountain to the storage facility; you have to clean your items first. 

Rinse skis and snowboards with water, wiping off dirt with a clean towel. Let dry and then coat with a generous layer of hot wax. If you’re unsure how to do this, go to a ski shop, where you can also get a tune-up. Strap skis together, taking care to prevent edges from rubbing against each other. 

For your boots, remove the liners and stuff the insides with newspaper to absorb any remaining moisture. Spot clean the outside and let them dry. 

Wash jackets, snow pants and other winter clothing with a cleaner designed for waterproof gear, such as Nikwax. Typically, machine washing or hand washing are both fine, but always refer to clothing labels for best washing practices. 

Storing Ski and Snowboard Gear

After you’ve cleaned your items, they’re ready for storage. If you really want to treat your skis right, purchase a freestanding ski rack and place it inside your storage unit. Boots must be stored in a ski boot bag, which should be available at any outdoor retailer. Be sure to buckle boots before putting them in their bag, as this helps them retain their shape. Store jackets, pants and other clothing loosley in breathable cotton bags. For items containing down, it is crucial to avoid compressing them, as this allows them to maintain their loft and have a longer lifespan.

Other Things to Keep in Mind 

When choosing a storage unit in Coeur d'Alene for your skis, snowboards and other winter gear, it is important to look for a few crucial amenities. Choose a storage unit with drive-up access for easy unloading, great security features and tenant insurance. You’ll also want a month-to-month lease, so that you can determine just how long you’ll want your storage unit for. You can find all of these features, plus excellent customer service and a convenient location at Storelocal  Coeur d'Alene. If you have any questions about keeping your winter gear safe once the slopes shut down, or you just want to talk self storage, give us a call or stop by our office seven days a week.