Whether it is okay to store a snowboard upright is a common question among snowboarders. The quick answer is that it is generally fine to store a snowboard upright, though there are some considerations to keep in mind.
The potential downsides of upright storage
The main concern with storing a snowboard upright, resting on its tail and nose, is that over time the weight of the board can cause the nose and tail to lose their shape and camber profile. The camber of a snowboard – its upward arch from nose to tail – is carefully engineered to provide certain ride characteristics and performance. Excessive pressure on the tips over months or years of storage could flatten them out, altering the camber and feel of the board.
Additionally, having the board sit upright puts all the pressure and strain on the nose and tail. The core and laminates of a snowboard are designed to disperse forces across the length of the board. With upright storage, the tips alone have to bear all the load. This could theoretically increase the chance of delamination or core damage over many seasons of storage.
Benefits of upright snowboard storage
Storing a snowboard upright does have its advantages and conveniences compared to lying a board flat. Benefits include:
- Takes up less floor space
- Easy to grab and go when heading out to ride
- Can store it in a corner out of the way
- Keeps the base from resting flat on a dirty surface
- Allows any moisture on the board to drip off the tips
For many riders, the vertical storage method is simply more practical and space-efficient. It also often keeps the base cleaner by preventing it from sitting flat on the ground or floor.
Tips for upright snowboard storage
If you do choose to store your board standing upright, here are some tips to minimize any potential downsides:
- Use a board storage rack, stand or holders so the board is not resting on the tips alone. This properly supports the board and reduces concentrated pressure on the nose and tail.
- Pad the tips with towels, carpet squares, or foam to better distribute the force and protect the shape of the nose and tail
- Periodically flip the board over so it rests on the other edge. This varies the pressure points and reduces any one area from getting too compressed.
- Detune the contact points by filing down the nose and tail edges. This minimizes edge cuts into racks, walls or flooring.
- Check on the board shape every so often. If any warping or deformation develops, go back to flat storage.
- Limit upright storage to the off-season. Lie the board flat or hang it when riding regularly.
Lying a snowboard flat
Storing a snowboard flat on its base is the safest long-term storage method. The board rests evenly across its full length, avoiding pressure points. This prevents permanent deformations or damage over years of storage.
Potential downsides to flat storage include:
- Takes up more floor space
- Base may rest on dirty garage or storage room floors
- Not as accessible for grabbing quickly on powder days
- Any moisture can’t drip off, potentially leading to issues if stored wet
If choosing flat storage, be sure the board is fully dry first. Use storage racks, shelves, or stands to keep it off the bare floor. And lean it at an angle against a wall rather than laying flat, so both edges don’t touch the floor.
Hanging a snowboard vertically on a wall is another storage option. This keeps the board off the ground while evenly distributing the weight across the full length rather than concentrating forces on the tips. Benefits include:
- Prevents base from resting on dirty surfaces
- Avoids any one area bearing all the pressure
- Conserves floor space
- Keeps edges sharp by avoiding contact with racks, floors or walls
- Provides easy access for grabbing to go ride
Use wide board hooks that make even contact across several inches of the board’s width. Cushioning the hooks with rubber or foam will further spread out the forces. Take care not to hang boards too close together – cramming boards tightly could still result in edge or top sheet damage where they touch.
Snowboard storage position: Conclusion
At the end of the day, how you store your snowboard comes down to personal preference, space constraints, and convenience. Upright storage is generally fine for shorter durations, though flat or hanging storage is best for minimizing long-term impacts. Use proper racks, padding and rotation to make upright storage lower risk. Ideally, lie the board flat or hang it during peak riding season, and reserve upright storage for the offseason. With some simple precautions, you can safely store your board in whichever position works best for your situation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it bad to store a snowboard on its edges?
Yes, storing a snowboard resting on its metal edges can damage the board over time. The weight concentrated on the thin edges can compress the sidewalls and alter the shape of the board. It can also dull the steel edges. Snowboards should be stored either flat on the base, upright on the tips, or hung vertically.
Should I detach the bindings when storing a snowboard?
It is generally recommended to unscrew the bindings when storing a snowboard long term. Leaving them tightly clamped places concentrated pressure on those points, which could dent the board or damage the binding inserts when left for extended periods. Detaching them helps evenly distribute forces across the board.
How do I store multiple snowboards upright?
When storing several boards upright in a common rack or leaning against a wall, make sure to place padding between each board. Carpet squares, old towels or pool noodles work well. This prevents the boards from banging into each other, which could chip edges and topsheets over time. Also leave some space between boards for ventilation.
Should I wax a snowboard before storing it?
Waxing a board before storage is recommended to prevent the base from drying out. Make sure to fully scrape and brush the wax to remove any buildup that could oxidize over time. Avoid putting boards away wet – always fully dry them first. Temperature-controlled storage helps boards maintain their wax coating.
How do I store a snowboard bag?
Ideally, store snowboard bags unzipped or partially open to allow air circulation. This prevents moisture buildup that could lead to mold or mildew. Hanging bags is better than fully collapsing them into a pile. Avoid stressing the seams and handles by overstuffing bags with gear in storage.
Snowboard Storage Methods Comparison
|Upright on tip and tail||
|Flat on base||
Snowboard Storage Tips
Follow these tips for optimal snowboard storage regardless of method:
- Store boards in a clean, dry area away from external heat/cold sources
- Detach bindings to evenly distribute weight across the board
- Wax board and fully scrape/brush before storage
- Pad contact points with carpet, towels, foam or pool noodles
- Use proper board racks, stands and hangers to properly support the board
- Avoid resting boards on bare concrete or floors
- Keep boards sufficiently spaced apart for ventilation
- Open any board bags fully for air circulation
- Periodically check boards for any damage or warping
- Consider flat or hanging storage for peak season, upright for offseason
With some simple precautions, you can safely store your snowboard in ideal condition all offseason ready for when the next big dump comes!