How to Maintain your Snowboard in the Offseason

Published by Harry Sowers on

Oh, man! What a shame! Winter is turning into spring, and now there’s no more snow! Well, I really hope you all had as much fun as me this winter, but there’s no way you did because I had an absolute blast! But now it’s time to clean my trusty, weathered snowboard and store it away correctly for a couple of months. But I’m already excited to pull my board out again for next winter! I miss you already winter! Why did you have to go away? 

In this quick and handy guide, I’ll teach you a few ways to properly take care of your snowboard and how to store it in a safe and cool place.

Prepping your Snowboard for Storage

snowboarders headed into offseason

So, to properly take care of your snowboard, we must complete a few steps before storing it in for several months. Now I know what you have to be thinking, “I don’t want to do this! It’s going to take hours!” But you must care for your snowboard correctly. Not cleaning, waxing, sharpening, and storing your snowboard properly can damage it and make it unusable by the time winter rolls around.

Wash your Snowboard

First, we must wash away all of the dirt, sludge, debris, and bacteria that have made their home on our snowboards. Find a space on your lawn or in the backyard and prepare to give your snowboard a thorough washing. 

Do not wash your snowboard with regular dish soap or your shampoo. You can use an all-purpose surface cleaner, and the cleaners that contain lemon or citrus juices clean snowboards quite well. Wash the top, bottom, and sides of your board thoroughly and constantly rinse it in between washings. If it has little cracks or scrapes, you may need to use a toothbrush to get into the crevices. When you’re done, rinse off all the soap and allow it to dry.

Now it’s time to sharpen the edges!

How to Sharpen a Snowboard

Now, obviously, a snowboard is not a sharp object, so why do we need to sharpen its edges? What is the purpose?

When you take your snowboard out on the slopes, the edges are razor sharp and ready to take you anywhere asap. But as you use your snowboard, the edges slowly dull and become blunt. Dull edges on a snowboard create drag and prevent you from moving faster than you really could. So sharpening your snowboard’s edge makes the snowboard faster and reduces the amount of drag when sliding through the snow.

To sharpen the edges of your snowboard, you’ll need a sharpening tool. Sharpening tools can be purchased anywhere where there is winter sports equipment.

First, get your board and place it on a table. Next, grab your sharpening tool and place it along the edge of your snowboard. When you slide the sharpener down the side of your snowboard, it needs to be at a 90-degree angle to achieve proper sharpness. If this is difficult, some stores sell a 90-degree angle sharpening tool, so you don’t have to adjust and readjust your angles during sharpening constantly. 

Use only a light amount of pressure and gently slide the sharpening tool down the snowboard several times in the same direction. 

DO NOT move the sharpening tool back and forth.

You’ll know when your snowboard is sharp when you run your fingernail over the edge and pieces of your nail chip off.

How to Wax a Snowboard

Now that sharpening is out of the way, it’s time to wax your snowboard!

Before you begin applying wax on your snowboard, you need to be sure you have the right type of wax. Normally, you would have to apply a wax specifically for the temperature in which you are snowboarding. But we are putting our board in storage, so we need special storage wax to help protect its surface while it is stored away.

First, undo all the bindings and place them in the area where you’ll be storing your board. Make sure the bindings are well- protected.

Now, take your special storage wax, which should be an all-temperature wax, and generously apply wax all over the board. Don’t skip any areas, and make sure to get all the edges as well. After you’ve completely covered the snowboard in wax, do not take it off the wax. Leave it on during storage so it will prevent your snowboard from rusting.

How to Store a Snowboard

When you store your snowboard away for the summer and fall, make sure it is in a cool, dry place, and the roof above it doesn’t leak. Do not leave it in an area where the sun can beat down on it all day and make sure it’s bindings are with the snowboard. If you’re going to lie it flat, don’t let family members lay things on top of it. It should get its own storage area. You can also wash and pack away your snow gear for next winter. Store the snowboard, its bindings, and your snow gear altogether. If you have your own room, do not store your snowboard in the garage or the attic. These areas of the house are prone to extreme weather changes, and you don’t want your board to be subjected to humidity every day for nearly four to five months. Try storing all of your winter gear and snowboard in the back of your closet or underneath your bed. Wrap up your snowboard bag in a tarp for even more protection.


snowboarder with maintained snowboard

You can’t just come home from your final day of snowboarding and throw your snowboard into the garage. You have to prep it and care for it, just like any other piece of equipment. When you decide to store your snowboard away for the summer, make sure you clean it thoroughly and sharpen its edges, so they do not dull over the months it is stored away. When you wax your board, use an all-temperature storage wax to be protected from humidity and the elements. Storing all of your snowboarding gear together is a great way to stay organized and quickly find what you need when winter comes around again.


Harry Sowers

Harry grew up outside of Denver Colorado and has been skiing and snowboarding since he was 3. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college at UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.