Snowshoe Care Guide: How to Store Snowshoes

With spring approaching and the end of winter sports season is in sight, it’s a good idea to have proper knowledge of how to store snowshoes for the offseason. Or you simply might be wondering about the best way to properly care for your snowshoes in order to maximize their lifetime.

This article will cover some important product care basics of how to maintain snowshoes to ensure they are in working order for the next winter. This will also cover different methods of how to store snowshoes for different living and storage spaces.

Cleaning and Maintaining Snowshoes Prior to Storage

Preparing your snowshoes to be put into storage for an entire season requires some knowledge of how to maintain snowshoes. While it is also recommended to consult the specific manufacturer’s product care guide and instructions, here are some general baseline tips that all snowshoe users should follow.

Clean and Dry off Snowshoes

One of the most important snowshoes maintenance tips is to clean off any water prior to storing snowshoes. Excess moisture can be damaging to snowshoes, particularly for metal components such as crampons that can rust out.

This care step is officially recommended by leading snowshoe brands including Atlas, Tubbs, and MSR. In fact, drying off your snowshoes is encouraged after each outing and not just at the end of the season. We recommend using a microfiber towel or spare rag to immediately wipe away any water, dirt, ice, or snow that would melt after your snowshoe adventure.

Inspect Snowshoes for Damage

The end of the winter season is the perfect opportunity to do a complete inspection of your snowshoes to make sure they have not become damaged. Start with examining the frame and decking to ensure there have been no major structural damages such as major dents or tears. Normal wear and tear is expected, but more extensive damage may require repairs or replacement.

The bindings and straps are another important component to check for damage. Depending on your specific binding mechanism, make sure that it still functioning properly. It’s also a good idea to lower the tension on snowshoe bindings before they a res stored for the season.

Crampons can also be inspected to make sure they have not become too dull. Finally, check that any screws or bolts are secured and tightened. If there are any signs of visible structural damage, consult the product’s manufacturer or visit a sports retailer.

Material-Specific Snowshoe Care Instructions

Most modern aluminum frame snowshoes require minimal care other than the above steps. For instance, Atlas states that “aluminum frame snowshoes with synthetic decking materials require no maintenance. Simply remove excess snow and store for future use.”

For traditional snowshoe care, maintenance is more involved. Tubbs instructs that “traditional wood frame snowshoes with rawhide or neoprene lacing do require annual care. Keep rawhide lacing well varnished to prevent premature fatigue from moisture, and make sure to store out of the reach of animals.”

Less common snowshoe construction materials might have specific care and maintenance instructions. For example, owners of Eva foam snowshoes from Crescent Moon are encouraged to wash snowshoes with soap and water before storing them for the offseason.

Where to Store Snowshoes

There are a few different options and considerations for where and how to store snowshoes. The main consideration is your living situation and the amount of available storage you have available. Finding extra room in a small apartment in the city can be more challenging than if you have a dedicated garage or basement for storing tools and outdoor gear.

Another consideration is the climate of the storage area. Climate controlled environments such as a finished basement or garage are ideal. For apartment dwellers, store snowshoes in a spare utility closet or even underneath your bed. The main tip is to avoid prolonged exposure to extreme hot and cold temperatures such as a car trunk.

Finally, an important safety precaution is to keep snowshoes out of the reach of children or pets. They could be injured by the sharp crampons if they are not carefully stored out of harm’s reach, or also cause unintentional damage to your equipment.

Storing snowshoes loosely is not recommended. Instead, the best options for storing snowshoes are in a snowshoe bag or hanging from a storage rack.

How to Store Snowshoes in a Bag

Many snowshoes come with a snowshoe bag to store the snowshoes, poles, and other accessories, especially if purchased as a set or beginner kit. This is a great storage option, and it easy to learn how to store snowshoes in a bag.

Once snowshoes have been dried, inspected, and ready for storage the important consideration is keeping the crampons from accidentally scratching or tearing parts of the snowshoe or the bag itself. To solve this, MSR recommends that snowshoes should be stored “with bottoms together to keep the sharp under-bits from damaging other gear.”

Sometimes it can be challenging to fit the snowshoes and accessories neatly inside a bag. The snowshoes should always be the first items placed inside. Then, remove the powder baskets from your snowshoe poles and cover the pole tips with a rubber or plastic cover. Adjustable or telescopic poles can then be collapsed and placed inside stored inside the snowshoe bag.

If your set of snowshoes did not include a bag when they were purchased, plenty of retailers offer standalone snowshoe bags that you can use o carry, protect, and store snowshoes. For instance, Crescent Moon offers carry bags with a shoulder strap and Tubbs offer a backpack-style snowshoe bag.

How to Hang Snowshoes on a Snowshoe Storage Rack

Your living area might have more room and space to store snowshoes, in which case a snowshoe storage rack can help organize a closet or garage. The advantage of a snowshoe storage rack over storing snowshoes in a bag is that the bag itself still needs a storage space to be stowed away, while a rack offers additional storage alongside a wall.

One of the best snowshoe storage racks on the market is the Monkey Bars Snowshoe Storage Rack. This product holds up to three large pairs of snowshoes along with poles that can be hung on the side by their straps. It is made from durable steel and can easily be assembled in under fifteen minutes.

Hanging snowshoes on a storage rack is simple since snowshoes can be hung right side up through a gap in the frame or decking onto a steel hook. Hooks should have rubber coating to prevent scratching. The Monkey Bars Snowshoe Storage Racks comes in both a large, 51″ version and a small, 35″ version to fit a variety of storage spaces.

Monkey Bars Snowshoe Storage Rack

Snowshoe Manufacturer Product Care and Maintenance Guides

Included below are specific instructions for how to to maintain snowshoes, directly from popular snowshoe manufacturers, including offseason storage instructions.

Atlas 

Product Care

Crescent Moon

Foam Snowshoe Care and Cleaning

MSR

MSR FAQ

Tubbs

Product Care

Yukon Charlies

How to Store Your Snowshoeing Gear in the Offseason