Ski Rack Version 1.2 — Quick and Easy

Post by blogger | July 29, 2015      
Ski rack version 1.2 in the new shop studio office.

Ski rack version 1.2 in the new shop studio office. Joe Risi and I built this in a few hours. Super basic. Upper rail is a 10 foot 2×4 mounted to the wall on shelf brackets. Dividers are lag screws inserted at 45 degree angle. Floor stand is another 10-0 2×4 topped with a chunk of vinyl house gutter as a ski tail holder and water catcher.

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.

Lags support and separate the angled and leaning skis.

Lags support and separate the angled and leaning skis. Six inch spacing of the lags is somewhat arbitrary but seems to work. Challenge is to allow room for bindings while storing skis as compactly as possible.

Floor stand is super basic, just gutter on a 2x4 with legs.

Floor stand is super basic, just gutter on a 2×4 with legs. Idea here is to catch water, and allow sweeping of the floor. Unintended benefit is the vinyl gutter actually grabs and holds the tails of wider backcountry skis. Most of the planks end up with the tails just above the bottom of the gutter, thus keeping them out of any standing water. The stand is not attached to the floor, allowing removal of skis and preparing this area of the shop for automotive work. I did fantasize about making a rack on casters that could be moved anywhere in the room, but priorities intruded on dreams. Perhaps that’s version 1.3?

You can hang stuff from this type of rack including ski poles (if they have straps).

You can hang stuff from this type of rack including ski poles (if they have straps).


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7 Responses to “Ski Rack Version 1.2 — Quick and Easy”

  1. Bob Perlmutter July 29th, 2015 4:09 pm

    Hi Lou, I can see that your new ski rack is already starting to reach full capacity. I see a few pair of skis I would be happy to take off your hands to help alleviate that problem.

  2. Frame July 30th, 2015 5:43 am

    Nice rack! Good idea on the guttering.

    What’s the ski just in front of the Volkl BMT?

    How about for v 1.4 – ski rack attached to a mobile waxing box (on castors) that loads onto the back of the truck, next to the bbq for the independence pass day each spring? Nice little sideline business to pay for gas!

  3. Lou Dawson 2 July 30th, 2015 6:26 am

    Bob, indeed, we’ve been returning test skis and still seem to have a fairly nice quiver. Bummed that the G3s are not representing, returned all those for now, need to get the retail ION bindings on a few long-term testers, though Louie does have one set that been pounded pretty good.

    Frame, that’s a pair of Surface Walk Free. They ski nicely but are quite heavy, I use them as a binding testbed as they’re strong and stand up well to a few sets of binding holes.


  4. Mark Worley July 31st, 2015 6:41 am

    Good looking rack. Did I spy BCA poles on said rack? They would be new to me.

  5. Lou Dawson 2 July 31st, 2015 6:56 am

    Yes! Lisa is working on a review of those BCA poles, they’re quite nice. Lou

  6. Paul August 1st, 2015 2:14 pm

    Are those current zero g’s with proto top sheets or are they already making changes?

  7. DavidB August 2nd, 2015 7:19 pm

    Nice job Lou.

    Two suggestions.

    1: Cut lengths of garden hose and cover the large screw dividers.
    2: Drill a hole in the roof gutter and place an ice cream container under to allow the water to escape. may need to slightly lift one end to allow water to escape.

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