In the latter half of the ski season, it’s a good idea to give your gear some loving care. Tips on keeping skis tuned can be found here. The rest of your gear doesn’t need much attention, but a head-to-toe checkup of everything you take on the slopes makes sense.
1. Wash Ski Jacket and Pants
Washing your jacket and pants after every single day of skiing is far from necessary and even detrimental to long-term waterproof performance. However, if the apparel is getting a bit stinky, a mid-season wash could be in order. Rather than using regular laundry detergent, it’s best to use a product designed for waterproof ski wear such as Nikwax Tech Wash.
2. Treat Gloves
If your ski gloves seem to be losing their waterproof qualities, a product such as Nikwax Glove Proof can help revive them. Going into the spring skiing season, you also may want to buy a pair of “spring gloves.” The Marker Spring Glove is a classic example of the lighter glove style that is much more comfortable on warm, bluebird days in the spring.
3. Check and Wash Boots
Give your boots a quick examination to make sure all the buckles are intact and in good shape. Checking the wear on boot soles is critical, because too much wear can affect the connection with the bindings. For that reason, minimize walking in ski boots on concrete sidewalks. Products such as Seirus Cat Tracks were designed to solve this issue and protect boot soles.
Grime on the boot shells can simply be wiped off with a wet rag. If the boot liners are getting really stinky, they can be removed and hand washed with cool water in a sink. To avoid shrinking the liner, do not use warm or hot water.
4. Update Base Layers
If your base layers are getting worn out, mid-season may be a time to pick up some new clothing. The Ridge Merino Inversion Midweight 3/4 Length Bottoms are a good choice for skiers. Given that base layer pants should not be tucked into ski boots, the 3/4 length works much better than full-length pants.
5. Check Helmet
A few helmets such as the POC Auric are designed to withstand multiple impacts. However, most EPS (expanded polystyrene) liner helmets should be replaced after a hard impact. The impact compresses the liner and it would not work as effectively the next time.