Before you put your skis away for the season, there are a few things that you can do to help preserve the life of your equipment.
It goes without saying that you always want to clean and thoroughly dry your skis before storing. In the old days shops used paint thinner to clean them, but now a good citrus cleaner is a better choice. Be sure to clean the edges well as there is often salt and grime from the road on them. This is the stuff that really ruins your edges. The only way to assure that you have cleaned it all off is to have the edges tuned before storage. Believe it or not, dings and scratches that are not smoothed out can promote rust development. If you can’t have the skis tuned, a gummy stone is a good alternative. Run it along the edges.
After you clean the edges, apply a heavy coat of wax to protect skis from moisture. Store in a cool dry place. If you have to store them in the garage, elevate the skis off of the cement floor. Best to not store skis in a bag. If you do, keep the bag open.
To extend the life of your bindings, relax the spring tension on your bindings while they are in storage. Lock the heel in the up position and back off the din scale to the lowest setting.
In the fall, scrape the wax and hit the slopes.