Ways to Turn a Shed into a Ski/Winter Sports Storage Shack
If you love winter sports, you probably have a lot of sporting equipment. Snowmobiles, skis, snowboards and all of the gear that goes with them are bulky. These aren’t tiny items you can just slip in here or there. They won’t fit in a mudroom, and unless you have a huge storage room with a big enough door, most of these items can’t be stored there, either. So, you’re probably left thinking, where can I store all of this stuff so it’s safe and dry? A shed! But why a shed, and what are the best ways to store everything? Let’s talk about it more.
A Shed Is Much Better than Your Garage
So, why a shed? A storage shed is the best place for all of your winter sports gear. Many people store these items in their garages. After all, it’s easily accessible and it’s out of the elements. However, having space in your garage for your cars is also important. If you have a snowmobile or two and a small garage (or a few cars), there might not be room. However, leaving cars with winter sports equipment outside isn’t an ideal option. That’s why a large Keter storage shed is a great choice.
A storage shed in your yard can be used for all of your sports equipment, holiday storage, and much more year-round. One of the best things about it, too, is that it’s not taking up garage space from your cars and tools. Keter sheds are also weatherproof and have ventilation and sturdy flooring. So, you can feel confident that your items will be safe and sound. You can even add a lock to most Keter sheds for additional security.
Organizing your Ski Shed
Now that you have a sturdy and durable shed to store everything in, you can’t just throw everything in and hope that it stays organized. It’s better to put a few organizational practices in place so your things stay clean and taken care of. You’ll want to start by getting a ski rack and/or shelving to keep everything on. Of course, your snowmobiles will be fine on the floor, but having racks on the walls to hold skis and snowboards is ideal and will keep them from falling over or getting stepped on. Shelving can be great for boots as well as your gear bags and large plastic totes to store things like helmets, gloves and much more. If you have a place for everything, you’ll be able to get out to the slopes so much faster and with a lot less effort.
One of the biggest winter sports items you might have are snowmobiles. There’s nothing quite like feeling the wind in your hair and rushing quickly over freshly fallen snow. They can also be pretty expensive to repair or replace, so it’s important to keep them where they will be safe. It's also important to store them properly.
You’ll need to start by putting them in your shed. Keter sheds are perfect for this because the floors are durable and sturdy, so your snowmobiles won’t need to be stored in the mud or snow. The shed will also keep direct sunlight off the snowmobile, which will prolong its life. You’ll also want to keep soft covers for each snowmobile in the shed. Even though they won’t be outside, it’ll keep snowmobiles safer and better protected to have those covers. As a side note, some people use tarps for covers, but tarps don’t cover your vehicles as well and they can allow moisture to get in. This will make the shed an ideal place for your snowmobiles.
If you’re also storing them for a long period of time, you’ll want to keep a stabilizer in the shed. You’ll want to add the stabilizer to the snowmobile gas tanks to keep the gasoline from going bad.
Snowboard and Ski Storage
When you’re storing your snowboard during the winter season, if you’re using it frequently, you need to take a few steps to keep it in good shape. Keep a bin of dry and clean rags in the shed. Once you’re back from using your skis or snowboards, run one of these dry rags over them and get all of the snow off. Also, keep some wax on hand in the shed within a plastic bin. Every 5-7 times you use your skis or snowboards, you’ll need to wax them to keep them in good condition. If you’re storing your items long-term in the shed, you’ll want to wax each of them at the end of the season. Adding a folding table to your space for drying and waxing can make things much easier as well. This will keep them in a dry place away from the sun and any kind of moisture.
Utilizing Shelving, Racks and Bins
If you enjoy snow sports often, and you have family members that do as well, you probably have a lot more gear. Helmets, gloves and snow clothes can be bulky and can surprisingly take up a lot of space.
If it's the snowy season and you’re using your items frequently, it’s okay to keep everything stored in ski bags for each family member. Just make sure everything is thoroughly cleaned and dried between each use or you’ll have a mess on your hands. If you need a more long-term storage option, you can store ski gear in ski bags for each family member, but it might be good to sort items into bins to keep them safe and organized during the off-season. Label these bins for much smoother sailing—or rather skiing.
Hopefully this has given you some good ideas when it comes to setting up a ski shed and organizing it. After all, you want to keep your gear and equipment nice and protected. It’s also great to have it all in the same place ready to go when you are. Plus, it stinks to think you have everything ready for a trip only to find when you get there that you’re missing a glove or your snowboard is rusted. Don’t get caught by surprise. Turn your shed into the best winter sports storage shack around, and you’ll always be set.