Gone Outdoors

How to Build a Ski Rack

by Aaron Inouye

Have the ski piles taken over your garage? Is it impossible to find a corner clear from old ski poles and dusty skis? With just a few supplies and less than an hour of labor, you can make yourself a ski rack that will bring order to your ski collection. This rack holds eight pairs of skis, plus poles.

Use the tape measure to draw a straight line lengthwise down the middle of the wide side of the 2x4, and make a mark every 1.5 inches.

Using the 0.5 inch bit, drill a hole three-quarters of the way into the 2x4 at the first two 1.5 inch marks. Skip the next mark and drill the next two. Continue the rest of the way down the board.

Put wood glue in each hole, enough that some is pushed out when you put the dowels in. Place a dowel in each of the drilled holes, making sure that it is firmly pushed all the way in. If needed, use the rubber hammer to finish putting the dowels in. Wipe off the excess wood glue from around the hole.

Use the stud finder to find and mark the studs on the wall where you want to mount your ski rack. Studs are usually spaced 16 inches apart.

Once the wood glue has dried, use the wood screws to mount your ski rack into the wall studs that you marked. Use two screws for each stud--one above the dowel line and one below.

Place your skis with the bases together (alpine ski bindings with brakes will hook together, telemark bindings of skis without brakes may need a ski strap) in between two of the dowels that are spaced 1.5 inches apart. The tips should flare out enough to hold your skis up between the dowels. Ski poles can be hung on the ends of the dowels or over the tips of skis.

Items you will need
  • 3 foot long 2x4 boards
  • 16 0.5 inch dowels, approximately 4 inches long
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • 0.5 inch drill bit
  • Wood glue
  • Rubber hammer
  • Stud finder
  • 1.5 inch wood screws
  • Screw bit

Tip

  • Make sure that your ski rack is mounted high enough on the wall that your skis won't be touching the ground. If you don't like having the poles and skis hanging on the same dowels, mount a few extra dowels below and between the dowels that the skis hang on.

About the Author

Aaron Inouye has been working as a writer and editor since 2004 for everything from college textbooks like "The Biosphere," to marketing copy to local newspapers. When not writing, he spends his time working as an outdoor educator and ski patroller at Grand Targhee Ski Resort. Inouye has a Bachelor of Arts in technical communications from Miami University of Ohio.