@ajordan well, if you've been to Monte Sano, Cheaha, etc., then you've pretty much hit a lot of what Alabama has for day hikes, etc. I'd suggest heading towards Chattanooga and up to the Blue Ridge Parkway if possible. You can also head over to where the Appalachian Trail crosses the Nantahala. Grab the trail and walk it for a while. The hike of Mount Mitchell is always a good one for our family but it requires a full day drive to get up there. While there though, you can spend the week hiking and see some of the best the East has to offer. Good luck! Stay safe!
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When I store my skis, I follow four simple steps to make sure that they're ready for the next season. First, I get them tuned at the end of season. This way they're ready for an early, unexpected first snow day and I'm not waiting on them to be tuned in the fall when I'd rather be making first turns on the slopes.
Second, I put a coat of wax on my base and sides before storing so that they are protected from moisture during storage. REI has a lot of choices for wax. You probably want a quick wax with applicator so that you don't need additional equipment.
Third, I use a pair of ski ties to put them together and handle them without allowing the bases to slide against each other and scrape. I've never seen these at REI. I picked them up at Shaggy's Copper Country Skis online.
Fourth, I store them under my bed and laying on their sides. They are out of the way and won't be damaged falling out of the closet, as happened when I stored them that way.
I know guys that take their bindings off for the season but I've never found that necessary.
Hope this helps! Let's also hope that we'll get to ski this upcoming season!!!
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