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How to Hang Skis or Snowshoes

By EJ Cedric

After investing in ski gear and modern snowshoes, it pays to keep them well maintained and properly stored. Knowing where to hang the equipment is as important as how you hang it. Hang skis and snowshoes so they retain the camber of the skis and the integrity of the snowshoe bases -- preferably in a dry room where sunlight doesn't shine on the gear. Well stored skis and snowshoes stay in good working condition, something all snow sports enthusiasts appreciate.

Snowshoes

Brush off all accumulated snow and ice from the snowshoes. If the snowshoes are wet, dry them with a chamois or towel. Place the snowshoes together with the crampon bases facing each other, and align the spaces nearest the toes of the snowshoes. Hang the snowshoes by pushing the space at the toes over a coat or hat hanger -- a dowel or hook will do -- preferably in a dry or well ventilated area of the house, such as an arctic entry or mud room.

Skis

Scrape off any accumulated ice from the bases and edges of the skis, and wipe them down with a dry towel. Place the skis together so the bases touch and the binding brakes overlap one another. Use straps at the base of the tip and the tails of the skis to keep them solidly together. You can use ski straps with simple buckled or hook-and-loop closures, or even thick rubber bands.

Store the skis in the garage or basement, where no sunlight will fade them. Decide on a section of wall where you want to hang the skis, and drill out two 1-inch holes approximately 3 inches apart and 6 feet off the ground. Cut down a 1-inch dowel into two 1-inch lengths. Push the dowels into the holes and hang the skis vertically, with the tips positioned between the two dowels. The tips get the needed hanging support from the dowels.

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