Start the Season Right!
02 Nov, 2011
For many of us, our local mountains haven’t opened and we haven’t quite leaped into the full blown winter season yet. But it’s coming and it’ll be before you know it. If you were like me this year, you probably stored your gear away without thinking twice about it. But it’s time to bring your gear back, make sure your stuff is dialed and use this guide to get you ready for the 2011/12 season.
Wax your board
Take a look at your board base, if it has a coat of wax on it then you stored it properly. If it doesn’t and looks dry, then it needs wax. Don’t punish your board any longer. Whether you drop it off at your local shop or wax it yourself at home with the iron, give it a good lookover because you don’t want to be the person on Opening Day who is sticking to the ground and can’t enjoy the snow.
Check your socks!
You’d be surprised how quickly your socks show wear and tear especially if you wear your snowboard socks all season long (I know I do). Grab your socks and take a peak. If they have holes on the heel or toes, throw them out. If you don’t have a pair of socks (i.e. one is missing and is nowhere to be found), chuck them. This is also a good time to re-evaluate your sock collection. If you ride enough days a week, you’ll probably want enough pairs to make it through without needing to do laundry multiple times a week. Get new comfy/padded socks for this season and your feet will thank you.
Wash your gear
You should already be washing your layers but think about your outerwear. After a couple days of riding, outerwear collects dirt from the outside and from the inside. The dirt fills the pores of the jacket/pants and starts to deteriorate your waterproofing. A clean wash will reinvigorate your gear and make sure you tumble dry low for drying your gear, that will revive the DWR coating. You can use the wash material but only if you really feel your waterproofing needs it. I generally wash my outerwear a couple times a year when I noticed the waterproofing doesn’t work as well and it improves enough for the next use.
Bits + Pieces? Hardware matters.
The last time I went snowboarding, I did not check the screws on my bindings and like clockwork after 100+ days, the toe strap screw came off. I forgot to get the part until a couple days ago for a possible Boreal trip. Same goes for washers, sometimes things don’t work out and your hardware might not work. It’s good to go now, look over your setup (especially if it’s new) and make sure everything is dialed so there are no surprises (or slacking) on Opening Day.
A scrape won’t go away!
They might say it can’t be scratched but after spending a summer stored in who knows where…your goggles might be showing signs of aging with scrapes. Take a peak, look at the lens and make sure your vision will be 100% this winter.
Get in the habit of stretching
Just because you aren’t in the Olympics competing doesn’t mean that stretching isn’t important for snowboarding. It helps warm up our muscles so that you can pull those tricks, decrease your chances of injury and help it so you feel less sore at the end of the day. Get in the habit and make your body feel a bit better this winter.
Start collecting new shred songs
Everyday at work I listen to Pandora and I keep a notepad next to my computer. Anytime I hear a song come on that I like, I write it down and add it to the collection. Same goes for snowboard films, if I like a song, I find out what it is and download it from iTunes so I can have it on my ipod for the upcoming winter. It’s a great way to build up your shredlist for the upcoming season.
What suggestions do you have for getting ready?
Any ideas/thoughts you want to share?