I’ll admit it – I kind of like doing laundry. Now before you call out the mental health professionals, hear me out. For me, there is an obvious satisfaction of a job well done when you are putting away a stack of clean clothes. It is so much more gratifying to me than some other household chores I can’t stand, namely mopping and dusting.
So imagine my horror when we were on a recent trip to Park City, UT, and the washing machine ate my son’s snowboard pants. Picture the dog ate my homework, only substitute snowboard pants. Ok, so I might have overloaded the machine a bit. I had a lot of laundry and it was a small condo washer/dryer combo.
These were the only pair of snowboard pants that fit my son Andrew, so I was stuck buying a new pair. The next morning, we arrived at the Park City Mountain Resort base area early so we could replace the pants and Andrew could “ride PC” that day. There are several shops in the base area so I knew we would be fine.
We first checked Legacy Sports in the Legacy lodge, but while they had a vast selection, there wasn’t much to fit Andrew in my price range. Next we checked Max’s Snowboard shop. The clerk was very helpful in finding pants to fit Andrew that were on sale. When I explained why we were buying the new pants, the clerk appeared surprised. With all the tact and diplomacy of Donald Trump he exclaimed, “You’re not supposed to wash snowboard pants!!!”
He went on to explain that snowboard pants lose their waterproofing with machine washing in regular detergent. If snowboard pants become soiled, you can spot clean them with water and mild soap. If more extensive cleaning is necessary, there are special products that are recommended to launder the pants without stripping away the waterproofing. Tech Wash is one brand I found at the Jans store in the base area at Park City Mountain Resort.
In our Volcom brand snowboard pants, the laundry care label instructs to wash in cold water with mild detergent, and dry on low temperatures. Once clean, the pants will need to be retreated with spray on water repellent.
So let me save you some of the misery and expense I experienced. Snowboard and ski pants only need to be laundered if they become heavily soiled, or maybe once at the end of the season if you are compulsive like me. If you decide to machine wash, use cold water and mild soap. Don’t overfill the washing machine. Dry in the dryer on low heat or better yet, hang to dry. Retreat with spray on water repellent. With proper care, your winter sports pants should last for many seasons. In the case of your kids, they will most likely grow out of them first, and hopefully you can hand them down to a sibling or friend for more seasons of fun at Park City Mountain Resort.
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