If you count the number of walls I’ve propped skis against, I’ve probably had half a million ski racks. But our own, real, built and designed racks? Amazingly, over 28 years in the old WildSnow workshop we never had a ski rack!
Goal here is a simple do-it-yourself rack. Requirements:
1. Holds lots of touring skis.
2. Accommodates various sizes and widths.
3. Keeps ski tails off floor.
4. Provision for water draining off wet skis.
5. Topskin branding visible from office area.
6. Minimal fiddle, skis only need to be strapped together.
7. Provision for ski poles and small accessories.
The usual ski rack involves some variety of hanging the planks, usually dowel slots you dangle the skis from by the tips. I’ve never liked the hanging racks. It’s hard to space the dowels in a configuration that accommodates various ski thicknesses, and sometimes the skis hang in a way that bends and distorts the tips (perhaps damaging the skis during long-term storage). More, in the course of my daily blogmesiter duties I might handle skis dozens of times. Even the small amount of fiddling with a hanging rack gets annoying; instead, I prefer to quickly lean the skis back in their nest after measuring, weighing, and perhaps even skiing on them.
Bear in mind this is somewhat of a beta version. It could be all we need, but perhaps version 1.3 will eventually occur.
This iteration is mounted to the wall with 5×6 inch shelf brackets so it stands off the wall enough that the tips of the leaning skis don’t touch the wall. Nonetheless, some of the bigger skis do scratch against the wall, so I can see adding a chunk of something like Sequentia to protect the wall. Length is 10 feet, with the separators being 8″ x 1/4″ self drilling black coated lag screws. (Links are from Lowes, but please don’t get the idea I’m a Lowes fanboy, quite the opposite.) Tricky part is inserting all the lags at a 45 degree angle, so they’re visually correct. Drilling a series of shallow pilot holes then lining lags up with the 45 on a speed square did the trick. As a final tune, the lags can be slightly bent by hand.