Just because summer's here doesn't mean you should just throw your gear into the closet, dejectedly shut the door, and forget about it until next winter. Well, technically, you can — but that's not the way to keep your skis in good condition, especially if you want them to stand the test of time. Properly storing your gear is a crucial step we often forgo in our state of post-ski season depression. Look on the bright side— properly putting away your gear just means you get to handle it with your hands that much longer. In addition, your gear will be ready for that first dump of next winter's powder — and you can beat your friends to the slopes. Here are some tips for storing your ski gear in summer.