Snowshoes in the snow

How To Store Snowshoes In The Off-Season

Snowshoeing is a great winter activity, but what do you do with your snowshoes when the season is over? In this blog post, we will discuss how to store snowshoes in the off-season.

We will also provide tips on how to keep them in good condition so that you can use them again next year!

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7 simple snowshoe storage ideas

Before you can store your snowshoes it is important to make sure that your modern snowshoes are clean and dry before storing them.

It is best if you can take the time to wipe them down and then hang them up in a dry area after each use.

If they have been exposed to salt or other chemicals, such as antifreeze, it is important to make sure these are removed before storing your snowshoes.

Gather a wet rag and some gentle soap, then wipe down all the snowshoe surfaces: frame, deck, and bindings.

Afterward, rinse with a clean damp cloth and use a dry rag to finish up.

The wear and tear your winter gear experiences on the trail can add up over time. At some point things may become scratched, torn, or even broken.

So, inspect your snowshoes looking for any loose bolts or screws and replace now, before storing snowshoes.

MSR snowshoes in the snow.
My MSR snowshoes

Below is a list of 7 snowshoe storage ideas to help you store your snowshoes in the off-season:

1. Use coat rack hooks to hang your snowshoes

store your snowshoes at home on a coat rack

During the off season, you can hang your snowshoes on coat rack hooks to maximize space! Use hooks that have a rubber coating to prevent scratching.

Take precaution by selecting an area that isn’t exposed to extreme temperatures; this will protect them from any potential damage.

Additionally, be mindful of how close together they are hung – rubbing against one another can cause damage.

2. Place your snowshoes on a shelf

store your snowshoes on a shelf
Snowshoes and other winter gear on my storage shelf.

If you have limited storage space, one of the easiest ways to store your snowshoes is on a shelf.

Make sure that the shelf is in a dry, dirt-free area and out of direct sunlight to avoid any damage from UV rays.

It’s a good idea to cover them with an old blanket or cloth, to safeguard them from dust.

A larger shelf will give you the option to store other winter gear as well, like your snowshoe poles, gloves, snow baskets, skis, etc.

3. Hang on a snowshoe storage rack

Monkey Bars Storage Snowshoe (Large)

This Monkey Bars storage rack can hold up to three pairs of snowshoes along with poles by the straps on the sides of the rack.

Hang your snowshoes easily by suspending them from a hook through a gap in the frame or decking, so they remain right side up.

Be sure the steel hooks are coated in rubber to avoid scratches. Snowshoe racks come in different sizes so you can attach multiple pairs at once.

Make sure that the rack is mounted on the wall in a dry area and out of direct sunlight to avoid any deterioration from UV rays or moisture.

4. In a snowshoe bag

DSLEAF Snow Shoes Bag for 25”-30” Snowshoes, Snowshoe Backpack Holds A Pair of Poles, Gloves and Other Accessories, Suitable for Hiking and Climbing (Patent Pending), Bag Only

This high quality snowshoe bag has the ability to be wore as a backpack or carried with the side handle.

You can purchase special bags designed for a pair of snowshoes.

There are many different types of snowshoe bags available on the market, made from materials like tough nylon or cotton fabric.

Some have shoulder straps or backpack straps, while others have pockets or attachments for trekking poles and other gear.

So you’ll also have an easy way to carry your snowshoes to the trailhead as well as a safe storage option for them in the off-season.

A bag will protect the snowshoes from the elements when they are being stored inside a garden shed or a garage.

It’s best to keep these bags in a dry area and out of direct sunlight. Or you can stash the bag under your bed, or in a closet.

5. Hang them up on wall hooks

snowshoes hanging on a hook
A simple, but effective way to store snowshoes.

Hang them on a hook or pegboard wall. This is the most popular way to store snowshoes since it maximizes floor space and offers easy access.

You can buy special hooks or pegs, or try using a simple over-the-door hanger.

Keep in mind it’s best to hang them in a dry place and away from direct sunlight.

6. Use a storage bin

snowshoes stored in a storage bin
An under the bed storage solution.

Using a storage bin is a practical way to store not only your snowshoes but your other snowshoeing gear such as poles, snow baskets, coats, and gloves.

If storage space is at a premium in your home, then choose an under-the-bed storage bin to hide away your winter gear until next season.

You’ll be able to find these at your local hardware or Walmart. If not, here’s a link to find these under bed storage bins online.

7. Store snowshoes in a garage or outdoor shed

If you keep your snowshoes outside in a garden shed be sure that you’ve hung your shoes up.

You can use a garage storage hook to hang up your snowshoes. This will keep them away from pesky rodents. As they may chew on your bindings or the deck of the snowshoe.

Store shoes away from the door so they don’t get wet or rusty from exposure to the elements such as snow or rain.

General snowshoe storage information

The most important thing to consider when it comes to snowshoe storage is the temperature and humidity of the room.

Look for a space that isn’t too hot or too moist, like a basement, attic, or closet.

Keep snowshoes away from small children and pets to avoid potential injury.

Snowshoes contain sharp metal pieces (crampons) that could pierce the skin as well as delicate materials that might break or snap easily if chewed on.

Most people prefer hanging their snowshoes since it’s more out-of-the-way and keeps them preserved for next season.

Additionally, you’ll want to consider how to store your snowshoes so that the crampons don’t accidentally scratch or tear the other snowshoe or bag.

Lastly, it’s crucial to keep your snowshoes away from car exhaust or chemicals.

Although this may seem like common sense, some people forget about this when they keep their shoes in the garage or outdoor shed.

Traditional snowshoes care and storage

How to store snowshoes in the off season. Traditional snowshoes propped up against a tree
Traditional snowshoes

In order to extend the life of your traditional snowshoes, it is important to store them properly.

Wood-framed traditional snowshoes should be kept in a dry place to prevent mold and mildew growth. In addition, they should be stored in an area where rodents cannot get to them.

Finally, to keep your traditional snowshoes in good shape avoid storing them near the sun’s rays. Keep them in a cool, dry place such as a basement or attic.

Prolonged exposure to sunlight can damage the wood, causing it to crack and warp, and fade the leather.

Final thoughts

Follow these tips to help you maintain your snowshoes in the best way possible so they last longer and you can use them again next season!

Head out on the trails next winter knowing that your shoes have been well cared for and protected during the off-season. With a little bit of regular care and maintenance, you can enjoy your snowshoes for many more seasons to come.

Remember you’re just hanging up your snow shoes for the season, not your body. So stay in good shape with other similar activities like hiking.

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