Another Season Comes to an End

Thank you!

What a whirlwind season this has been! It started out so slow. The pandemic limited access to the slopes and travel was restricted—not to mention low snow! But the pandemic slowed, the snow “blowed”, and skiing was finally a go. After one of our worst Decembers ever, January was a little better. February and March were our best February and March ever! A roller-coaster ride for sure!

Almost all the ski resorts are closing as of April 18th. Only Squaw Valley and Mammoth are going to stay open longer—until the end of May, if possible.

We will be closing for the season on April 21st. However, we will still be available by appointment. If you are inclined to head for Squaw Valley or Mammoth, please make an appointment 24 hours prior to pick up time as staff will not be keeping regular hours, but they will be onsite tuning and prepping equipment for next season. Just email or call if you need equipment.

On another note, we received great feedback on how well the appointment system worked this season! Walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments helped us plan our staffing much better, and it seems to have helped our customers plan better, too. We are going to continue this system next season.

A big thank you to all of our old customers, and new customers, too, for standing by us this season with all of its challenges. We appreciate your support very much, and look forward to next season, hopefully with fewer challenges than this one. As always, don’t forget to “Think Snow!”

The Ski Renter
10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
408-255-9600  |  tsr@theskirenters.com

It’s snowing! And snowing! And snowing!

Great news—we’re expecting 24-44″ of new snow this week for most resorts!

You can keep track of the live snow report on our site. The snowfall should make for great conditions for the next week or so, and we have everything you need! Make sure to make reservations with the ski hill and purchase your lift tickets in advance.

Need to rent some gear? We’re taking online reservations to minimize the number of people in the store. If you have trouble reserving online, just give us a call at 408-255-9600 and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you. We have skis, snowboards, snowshoes, cross country skis, ski blades, helmets, and winter clothing to go with it (pants, jackets, and after ski boots). We also sell goggles, gloves, thermals, socks, beanies, fleece sweaters, jackets, and more!

We hope to see you in the shop before you head for the mountains. As always, don’t forget to think snow!

The Ski Renter
10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
408-255-9600  |  tsr@theskirenters.com

A family skis down a snowy mountain with ski rentals.

The Ski Renter is Reopening

A family skis down a snowy mountain with ski rentals.

Big News from The Ski Renter!

UPDATE: Sale has ended, but we’re open for rentals starting November 15!

Fall is here—what better time to bring your skis and snowboards in to get them ready for the upcoming season? We will be reopening on November 15th with COVID-safe protocols, just before slopes start opening on the 20th.

Until we reopen, we are taking equipment by appointment to tune up and wax your gear so you’ll be ready to hit the slopes right when they open. Our low prices haven’t changed from last year, so email us at tsr@theskirenters.com to make an appointment.

Our current equipment sale is continuing until our reopening! Do you need to replace your ski jacket? Have your kids outgrown their ski pants? We have used men’s, women’s and kid’s ski jackets and ski pants from our rental inventory for sale, along with used and new black fleece vests. We also have used snowboard boots in sizes 6, 7, and 13 plus some used after ski boots in a variety of sizes. We also have a Deuter baby backpack just waiting for the right family! Deuter is one of the best brands we’ve found!

Are you looking to buy camping equipment? We have used 3-person, 5-person and 8-person tents like the Mountainsmith Conifer, Alpinizmo Kansas 3, and some others from Big Agnes. We also have two-burner camp stoves and lanterns from Coleman available.

To make an appointment with us before our reopening, email us at tsr@theskirenters.com to make an appointment. Bring your skis or snowboards in, and to check out the clearance items we have for sale!

The Ski Renter
10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
408-255-9600  |  tsr@theskirenters.com

A snowy mountain on a cloudy day, with fall foliage in the foreground.

An Update from The Ski Renter

A snowy mountain on a cloudy day, with fall foliage in the foreground.

We are so fortunate to be here after Covid-19 has shuttered so many small businesses. We’re making lemonade out of the lemons we’ve been handed, and are excited to introduce a new opportunity to our customers!

Starting next Monday, we are available for you to shop by appointment only. Are you looking to get outdoors but stay local? We have some used camping equipment for sale, including tents, two burner stoves, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads.

We’re expecting an extraordinary ski season this year. Are you ready? If not, we have used ski pants, jackets, snowboard boots, ski poles, and a limited number of skis available for purchase.

We’re always happy to see people getting out into nature, and we love helping you to gear up! If you’d like to make an appointment to see what we have for sale, please email us at tsr@theskirenters.com. In the mean time, don’t forget to think snow!

The Ski Renter
10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
408-255-9600  |  tsr@theskirenters.com

P.S. We’re hiring! If you are at least 16, available during the holiday season, and enjoy working with people, email us at tsr@theskirenters.com. We’ll get back to you quickly!

Summer Rentals and Gear for Sale!

The Ski Renter Is Renting Limited Camping Equipment and Selling Used Camping Gear

LIMITED RENTALS: While we chose not to open for camping equipment rentals this summer, by request, we have been doing limited rentals by appointment only, renting 2-burner stoves, lanterns and bear canisters. The demand for Bear Canisters has been amazing. Apparently, there’s a shortage. Who knew!

USED CAMPING GEAR SALE: We are also selling used sleeping bags, sleeping pads, 3-person tents and 5-person tents. And we have a lot of retail items for sale, too!

Since we are not open for regular hours this summer, please email us at tsr@theskirenters.com to make a reservation or to arrange to look at the equipment we are selling and we will get back to you within an hour or two at the most to arrange a pickup day and time. Please make sure you are wearing your mask when entering the shop. Our staff will also be wearing masks and will be following all protocols for our customers’ safety and their own safety.

Remember – enjoy the great outdoors, but enjoy it safely.

The Ski Renter
10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
408-255-9600  |  tsr@theskirenters.com

Looking to enjoy the outdoors?

The sun is shining and the weather is great, so this might be a good time to get out and go hiking and camping!

As of this writing, many parks and campgrounds are open, including Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Seacliff State Beach Campground, New Brighton State Beach, and many others. There is growing consensus that transmission risks are lower outdoors than inside. Hartford HealthCare rated camping as one of the lowest risk activities. However, due to the constant changing of openings and closings of parks, you will need to go online or contact the specific campground you plan to visit to find out if it is open to camping and/or hiking before you go.

And if you do go, go safe and be safe! Maintain proper social distancing, wear masks when in the company of others outside of your immediate family and wash your hands frequently.

The California State Parks has put out the following information:
The operations of the park system have been modified to provide an outdoor experience that reduces the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and modifications at each park may vary. Consequently, the public is advised to plan ahead—check the webpage of their local outdoor destination before leaving home to find out if it is open, what new guidelines are in effect and if parking is available.

The Ski Renter is doing limited rentals this summer season due to COVID-19, but would be happy to help you with rentals of 2-burner stoves, lanterns and bear canisters.

Since we do not have regular hours this summer, please email us at tsr@theskirenters.com to make a reservation and we will get back to you within an hour or two at the most to arrange a pickup day and time that is convenient for you. Please make sure you are wearing your mask when entering the shop. Our staff will also be wearing masks and will be following all protocols for our customers’ safety and their own safety.

Remember – enjoy the sun, but please enjoy it carefully!

The Ski Renter
10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
408-255-9600  |  tsr@theskirenters.com

Timing Is Everything!

It’s the middle of June, and the forecast is 3″ of new snow at many of the Sierra ski resorts!

January and February snow this year was only so-so. Then we got the “shelter-in-place” directive in March, just about the same time the snow started seriously falling. And here it is almost June, and it’s still teasing us! In skiing and snowboarding, as in so many things, timing is everything!

We hope you are doing well! We at The Ski Renter, are busy prepping for next season; waxing, edging, re-calibrating bindings, adding new equipment, and sanitizing everything, all while social distancing!

We are also busy developing new health and safety protocols for ski and board renting so we can continue to offer the best rental equipment with the best service at the best prices while focusing on the health and safety of our customers and staff. Everything we are doing is based on the recommendations of the CDC, the Snow Sports Industry, and the National Retail Federation. Our overriding goal, as always, is to help make the coming season a good one for everyone.

Stay safe and stay healthy and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Thank you for your continuing support of The Ski Renter, a community-focused, green small business. And think snow!

George and Kathy Denise, Owners of The Ski Renter
10675 S. De Anza Blvd., St. 2, Cupertino, CA 95014
408-255-9600  |  www.theskirenters.com

The Ski Renter, Coronavirus, and You, Our Customer

The coronavirus is impacting all of our communities. As owners of The Ski Renter, we have done our best to comply with the recommendations, guidelines, and directives governing our business activities during this period. After a relatively dry January and February, it’s ironic that we finally got great snow at just about the same time that we were directed to shelter-in-place! However, at this time, it is far better to do what we can to slow the spread of this virus to keep from overwhelming our health services while they work to develop a vaccine and more effective treatment for those who are infected.

Please continue to shelter-in-place, go out as little as possible, and maintain social distancing. When you do go out, wear gloves and cover your face. Donate blood if you are able and wash your hands a lot! The Ski Renter is now closed for the season, along with all of the Sierra ski resorts, and most of the nonessential businesses in our communities.

Unbeknownst to us, GoFundMe, working with Yelp, launched a COVID-19 Small Business Relief initiative to help support small businesses. We did not initiate this, but we very much want to thank those of you who have contributed to this fund on our behalf, and would like you to know that those funds received will be distributed to our employees to help them during this period.

For over 40 years The Ski Renter has offered the best ski and snowboard rental inventory in Silicon Valley. Our goal is and always has been to provide quality service and quality equipment at competitive prices, and to be proud, contributing members of the Cupertino Community. We will get through this, and there will be another ski season next year.

Think snow! And be safe!
George and Kathy Denise, Owners of The Ski Renter of Cupertino

The Ski Renter is Temporarily Closed

The Ski Renter Will Be Closed Until April 7, Or Until the Current Shelter-In-Place Directive Is Lifted

Per the Shelter-In-Place directive from the County of Santa Clara, The Ski Renter will be temporarily closed until April 7, and/or when the directive is lifted.

For what it is worth, most, if not all, of the Northern California ski resorts are closed for at least the next few days, most through the end of March, a few for the season, due to a combination of winter storms expected over the next few days, coupled with the need to minimize spreading of the Coronavirus.

However, if you need to return equipment to us, you can make reservations to do so with us by email.

For those of you who have season leases, that equipment is due back April 15, by which time this directive will hopefully have expired. If you need to return your equipment before then (for example, you are moving out of the area), again, please make reservations with us by email.

As ski resorts re-open and the CDC indicates it is OK to do so, we will resume normal operations according to the protocols recommended by CDC at that time.

We very much appreciate your business and are sorry for this disruption in services, especially since most of the ski hills are just receiving some of the best snow of the season! We do wish you the best of health and happiness, and we look forward to serving you again in the near future.

Keep thinking snow!
George and Kathy Denise, Owners of The Ski Renter of Cupertino
10675 S. De Anza Blvd. Email tsr@theskirenters.com or call 408-255-9600

Snow Is In the Forecast

We were getting worried!

It hasn’t snowed significantly in several weeks. There is still plenty of snow on the mountains… as of today at Squaw, for example, there is 35” at base and 83” on top. Still, it’s old snow, ice and slush. It’s OK where it’s groomed, but there hasn’t been much powder, if any. But don’t despair; the snow is back!

The mountains received several inches the past few days, with more predicted for this coming Saturday through Tuesday the 17th; 20 inches over the next week! The lines won’t be as long now that the big holidays are over, and the drive to and from the slopes should be much easier, too. So stop by, pick up some gear and head for the mountains!

Out of town visitors with no gear? Here on a temporary assignment and didn’t bring your equipment with you? In addition to skis and snowboards, we rent pants, jackets, after ski boots, cross-country skis and snowshoes—and really, pretty much anything else you might need. we try to be your one stop shop for snow sports! Why buy when you can rent?

Remember that when you rent from us, you are supporting a family-owned, green-certified business, with one of the largest inventories in the Valley. Our goal is to provide you great equipment and great service at competitive prices, just like we have been doing for the past 46 years. So come see us. We are The Ski Renter of Cupertino, 10675 S. De Anza Blvd. If you have been here in the last few years, we have your measurements on file. Just email us to make a reservation at tsr@theskirenters.com or call 408-255-9600. And remember — think snow!