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Caring for your skis and boards

Our friends from Coalition Snow
lent us their knowledge on ski and board maintenance…

Who Is Coalition Snow?
“This isn’t just about skis and snowboards. Women don’t play on the sidelines. We know that doing anything “like a girl” or “bossy” isn’t an insult. We’re here to shine the spotlight on women who make their own rules. It’s time to stop humble bragging and start congratulating ourselves for being the badasses we are.

Coalition Snow is changing the perception of women in sports, business, and society. We’re breaking down walls, staking our claim, making our own rules, and carving out our place in this world.  Join us.”

1. moisturize often

Refresh your skis or boards with a hot iron and a snow-specific wax at least once every 3-5 times you ride.

Photo: Crista Valentino PC – @thinksnow20


Each time you wax, inspect your edges and use a set of diamond stones to remove the nicks and burrs that can cause drag and catch in the snow.

Photo: Madi McKinstry – BridgerBowl – AidanWeltner

3. smooth blemishes

Use a stick of P-tex to fix gouges before they lead to serious damage. Melt the stick’s end with a lighter and let the liquid plastic drip into the gouge. Once cooled, use a razor blade to scrape it flush with your base.

Photo: AshleyHutchinson – Anthony Cupaiuolo – @firsttracksproductions

4. get a good night’s rest

When you’re done riding, use a soft dry towel to wipe away snow and moisture, then store your boards and skis indoors in a cool, dry place. We keep ours next to our bed.

Photo: Kate Alice

5. call in a pro

You might encounter something you’re unable to repair at home – massive gouge in the base, maybe a blown out edge. Don’t panic. A quick trip to your local ski tech is the right call and way cheaper then brand new gear.

Photo: Ione Gangoiti – Portillo, Chile – @jo_kinder 


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Photo: Sissy Herant – Chamonix

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