How to Wash Snowboarding Pants

While you don’t need to wash your snowboarding pants every day, you should clean them every once in a while to make sure they stay in good shape and last a long time. And you need to know how to wash them properly to do this. 

I’m a lifelong snowboarder, and I love everything about the sport. I know how important it is to keep your equipment in good condition and know through first-hand experience how to wash snowboarding pants. 

This post will tell you how to wash snowboarding pants. I’ll give you some important information to keep in mind and walk you through the steps to keep your pants clean and ready for action. 

Let’s get out the soap and get started.

Can I Wash my Snowboarding Pants? 

One question that newbies have is if they can even wash their snowboarding pants in the first place. The answer to this is yes, of course you can. But you can’t just throw them in with your dirty underwear and expect the best. 

I’ll walk you through all the steps to wash your snowboard pants in the upcoming section, but just know that they need a little extra TLC than regular clothing. 

Can I Put Snowboard Pants in the Dryer? 

Putting your snowboard pants in the dryer is a no-go. This can ruin their waterproof properties and cause other damage that you want to avoid. Even though snowboard pants are built tough, they should always be treated like delicate items. 

Line drying is the best way to go about drying your snowboard pants. I have put them in the dryer on a low tumble dry before, but doing this is always a bit risky. 

How Often to Wash Snowboard Pants? 

How often you wash your snowboard pants depends on how often you use them and how dirty they get. If you only snowboard a few times a year, you probably only need to wash them once during the season. 

But if you get dozens of days in during the season, you’ll want to wash them maybe once a month or more to keep them smelling and looking fresh. 

How to Wash Snowboarding Pants

Here are all the steps to washing your snowboarding pants. While it’s not that complicated, you need to remember that excess heat can cause the pants to lose their waterproofing capabilities – which you obviously want to avoid. 

Step 1: Separate from Other Items

You don’t want to wash your snowboard pants with other items. You could wash them with another pair of snowboard pants or a jacket, but generally, you just run them as a single item in the washer. 

Step 2: Empty the Pockets

Before you throw the pants into the washer, you want to make sure that there is nothing in the pockets. Reach in and take anything out if so, and also remove any lift tickets or other items that might be attached to the belt loops or buckles. 

Step 3: Treat the Pants (Optional)

Now you can either treat the pants with a stain remover or waterproof treatment if needed. This isn’t an essential step, but if you have a big stain to get out, now is the time to take care of it. 

Step 4: Put Pants in the Washer and Set the Cycle

Next, throw the pants in the washer. Make sure to set the water temperature to cold and the cycle to delicate. You don’t want to use hot water, and you don’t want the pants to go through the rigors of a regular wash. 

You can add a gentle laundry detergent during this step as well. There are some options designed specifically for snow pants, and that’s a good idea to use if you really want to make sure the pants stay in great shape. 

Step 5: Wash and Dry

Start the washer but double-check that the proper settings are good to go. Then let the washer do its thing and run through the complete cycle. After the cycle is complete, you can remove the pants from the washer and hang them up to dry. 

The video below has some other good tips on washing outerwear, including snow pants and other winter garments. 


Here are a few quick answers to some commonly asked questions relating to washing snowboarding pants.

How do you waterproof snowboard pants?

You can use a waterproofing treatment on your snowboard pants before, during, or after washing them. There are several different products that add waterproofing, and each has different instructions for use. Just follow the instructions for proper use. 

How long do snowboard pants take to dry?

Snowboard pants can take anywhere from a few hours to overnight to dry. It depends on how wet they are and how humid the drying environment is they are drying in. But the materials they are made out of are usually quick-drying. 

Can you tumble dry snowboard pants?

I don’t recommend tumble drying ski or snowboard pants. While it is technically possible and can be used if you are in a hurry, you always risk damaging your pants or destroying their waterproofing capabilities when you do this. 

Final Thoughts

Washing your snowboard pants is simple. You just need to make sure that you always use cold water and set the washer to be delicate. Air drying is also recommended because the heat from the dryer can damage your pants and their ability to repel water. 

You don’t need to wash your snowboard pants as often as you might think. If they don’t stink or aren’t dirty, there’s really no need to put them in the washer. They will last a bit longer if you limit the number of times you run them through the wash.

About Lorraine
I'm a certified snowboard instructor. My first experience with snowboarding occurred at an indoor resort. One run had me hooked, and it has turned into a lifelong passion ever since then. I'm here to share with you some of the tips and advice I have learned along the way.

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