You have all enjoyed the beauty of an uncluttered snow-covered landscape, don’t you?
Well, now it’s time to enjoy the convenience of a stocked ski rack.
What is a ski rack you may ask?
Simply put, a ski rack is a device that keeps your skis/snowboards organized and easily accessible when riding down the slopes. Thanks to the advancement of technology, today’s ski racks are much more than just a place to keep your equipment. They are full-featured devices that offer incredible versatility.
In addition to storing your skis/snowboards, some modern day ski racks also come with a bag that holds your poles so they don’t get damaged in the process. Finally, many ski racks are now compatible with electric motors which reduces the risk of serious injury when you fall off your bike and onto hard ground.
So how do ski racks work? Let’s take a look.
The Mechanism Behind A Ski Rack
Bike racks were first developed in the 1960s to provide a safer way for bikers to transport their two-wheeled vehicles. At the time, bikes were more prone to getting damaged in accidents than cars, and so the racks were designed with safety in mind.
The typical bike rack has three basic parts, the hooks, the connectors, and the bars. The hooks are attached to the bike and are used to latch the rack onto the bike frame. This way the bike is prevented from sliding off the back of the bike rack when riding down the road. The connectors are the metal poles that protrude from the back of the rack and that interlock with the hooks when latched onto the bike frame. Finally, the bars are the horizontal pieces that keep the rods organized when the whole rack is not connected to another one.
In a nutshell, the mechanism of a typical bike rack works by preventing the bike from moving laterally (backwards or forwards) when under normal conditions. If the bike is pushed too hard, or if it hits an object on the road, this mechanism can fail resulting in serious injury or even death.
The same goes for a ski rack. When you are skiing down a gentle slope, the force that the rope (which holds your ski/snowboard) applies on the vehicle is minimal. However, when you are skiing down a steep slope or if the rope is dragging on the snow, this mechanism can fail and so can you.
When you are skiing, you must keep your hands on the bar at all times. This reduces the risk of falling off the mountain should you lose control of the vehicle. It also keeps you connected to the mountain in case of an accident. The more you are connected to the mountain, the more the rest of the world will be taken off the table should you have an accident.
Another important factor to keep in mind is weight distribution when carrying a ski rack. The best weight distribution for a bike is 50% on the front and 50% on the back. With a ski rack, you must distribute your weight evenly on both sides in order to maximize your control when skiing down the mountain.
Types Of Skis/Snowboards That Can Be Stored In A Ski Rack
When it comes to storing skis/snowboards in a ski rack, there is more than one type of hardware that you can use. The most popular ones are the plastic bags and the cardboard boxes. With plastic bags, you can store one pair of skis and up to four snowboards. The good thing about plastic bags is that they are very light and so are easy to pack and transport. And even easier to empty when you arrive at your destination.
As for the cardboard boxes, these are a great solution because they are highly organized and easy to store and transport. What is more, they are waterproof and so can be easily stored outdoors. The downside is that they cannot be reused once the contents are gone.
The Advantages Of A Ski Rack
Apart from storing your skis/snowboards, some of the advantages of a luxury ski rack include
- Easy to Use
- Light Weight
All of these advantages combine to make a much safer option for keeping your ski equipment organized and accessible. Not to mention that most ski racks have an air lock which keeps snow and dirt off the equipment while still allowing you to store it outside in the winter.
So how do you store your skis/snowboards in the winter? Make sure to read our guide on how to store your skis/snowboards safely in the winter should you have any questions.