The Mountains are Calling

Enjoy the snow this weekend!

Conditions are the best we’ve seen all year. There’s even snow on Mt. Hamilton. Wait a minute, snow on Mt. Hamilton? But that’s right here in Silicon Valley! Well, we do get several days of snow each year on the hills around the Valley, but it’s a walk-up — no lifts! It would be nice if we could ski on the hills around the Valley… but we can’t. The good news is that the mountains have snow in the forecast!

We’re expecting 8″ at Sugar Bowl, 7″ at Kirkwood, 7″ at Bear Valley, 7″ at Sierra-at-Tahoe, 6″ at Donner, and 6″ at Squaw. We have skis, snowboards, and more at The Ski Renter. Give us a call at (408) 255-9600, or better yet, visit us at 10675 De Anza Blvd., Cupertino. Let us help you gear up before heading east to start carving your favorite ski hill. Why buy when you can rent? And don’t forget to keep thinking snow!

Ski Season and a Sale are Upon Us!

Up to four feet of snow predicted over the next 5 days! Five feet over the next 10 days!

Ski season is upon us, and we are off to a great start! Are you ready? If you have your own equipment and your skis need waxing, edging, or a full tune-up, bring them in. That’s one of our specialties and we have the best pricing in the valley.

Not skiing or snowboarding, but going to the snow this weekend? The Ski Renter rents pants, jackets and after ski boots. Want to go sledding? We rent sleds, too! And, of course, as our name implies, we rent skis, snowboards, x-country skis, and snowshoes. Our new gear just arrived, is on the shelves and ready to go!

If you are thinking of leasing your equipment for the season, now’s the time. Come in this weekend and get it done!

Looking for some easy Christmas gifts? We just received a new order of some really cool beanies, socks, gloves and goggles. They make great stocking stuffers! We just expanded our Hydro Flask inventory, too. Hydro Flask is the top name in beverage containers. Check ‘em out!

We’re having a Black Friday sale—15% off all retail! Just head to The Ski Renter at 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino. We’ll be open from 10am-3pm. Questions? Give us a call at 408-255-9600. We’re friendly, green-certified, and family owned. Keep thinking snow!

Don’t miss our End of Summer Sale!

We Have What You Need for End-of-Summer Camping!

Well, the summer is winding down, but the weather is still great so why not go camping? You’ve gotta love California weather! And Labor Day is just around the corner—so go camping the two weekends before and avoid the crowds! Or, if your schedule only permits you to get away Labor Day weekend, find a nice campground and go for it!

Need Camping Equipment?

The Ski Renter rents tents (2-person, 3-person, 5-person, and 8-peron), sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, backpacks and pretty much anything else you need. What we don’t rent, we sell! The Ski Renter is a family-owned, green certified business, in business and your neighbor for 45 years!

Don’t have time to stop by to make a reservation? Not a problem. Give us a call at 408-255-9600 or email us at and we will reserve equipment for you. We are at 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 2, Cupertino. Remember—why buy when you can rent?

We’re Hiring!

The Ski Renter in Cupertino is looking for part-time sales associates to work in their shop. Applicants must be friendly, courteous and patient. They must be at least 18 years old and available to work morning shifts and should have basic math and computer skills. Hours are flexible. Availability during major holidays, especially Christmas and February breaks, is a must.  No prior knowledge of camping or snow sports is required but would be helpful. The shop is a family-owned and operated green-certified business. For more information, please call Kathy at 408-255-9600 or email her at

13 Top Dog Friendly Campgrounds and Parks Nearby

Dog friendly camping? Of course!

Below are just a few of the many nearby parks and campgrounds that welcome dogs (usually on a leash):

So, make plans to get out there and enjoy; and don’t leave your best friend home when you do it! You can check out for hotels and restaurants that welcome your pet. And if you need equipment, give us a call! We are The Ski Renter in Cupertino. We rent all of the basics, and a lot more. And when you come to pick up your gear, bring Fido with you—as you might have guessed, we’re dog friendly, too!

We are a family-owned and operated green business. Call us at 408-255-9600 or email us with your reservation at The Ski Renter, 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 2, Cupertino. Remember—why buy when you can rent?

Renting at The Ski Renter is Green!

We have always operated The Ski Renter sustainably, and several years ago, we certified through the City of Cupertino’s Green Business Program, and we continue to renew it periodically.

What is a green business? In brief, it is a business that operates sustainably, conserving energy and other resources, minimizing waste, and reusing, recycling, and/or composting what we can no longer use. Our lamps are LED, using about one-fifth as much energy as the previous light use. We have a programable thermostat and we set it high in summer, low in winter. All of our faucets have flow restrictors, our toilets are high-efficiency flush, and our appliances are Energy Star. All of the wood used in the store comes from sustainably managed forests, certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). The paints we use are low toxicity, zero-VOC. The waxes are non-petroleum products and environmentally friendly and safe.

Renting ski and camping equipment instead of buying it is more sustainable, too! Think of The Ski Renter as skiing and camping equipment “pooling”, making The Ski Renter the “uber” of skiing and camping equipment. Rather than everyone buying their own equipment and then only using it occasionally, leaving it in a closet or the garage the rest of the year, our equipment is in constant use, being shared between hundreds of users every year!

We rent tents (all sizes), sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks, stoves, coolers, lanterns, bear canisters and pretty much anything else you might need for backpacking and camping all year round, and, of course, we rent snow ski and snow board equipment during the ski season. We have it all. So call us at 408-255-9600 to make a reservation, or email us at The Ski Renter, 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 2, Cupertino, CA.

Why buy when you can rent? It’s the green thing to do!

Happy Independence Day!

July 4th is just around the corner! That’s when Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams, John Hancock, and all those other revolutionaries signed the Declaration of Independence. And what better way to celebrate than going camping! Out-of-town friends coming to celebrate with you, but don’t have camping gear? Or maybe you need gear for yourself! Give us a call; we’ve got what you need and can reserve it for you right now! The Ski Renter in Cupertino, 408-255-9600. (We think Ole Ben would be pleased!) Why buy when you can rent?

Happy 4th of July from The Ski Renter

The final line of the Declaration of Independence reads “we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

Many of those that signed the Declaration of Independence did sacrifice their lives and fortunes in America’s War for Independence. Because they did so, we now live in one of the freest and most successful nations on Earth. It is appropriate, therefore, that we celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, enjoying the freedoms they bequeathed us.

July 4th is just around the corner! If you haven’t already made reservations for camping equipment, give us a call. We rent tents (all sizes), sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks, stoves, coolers, lanterns, bear canisters and pretty much anything else you might need—and what we don’t rent, we sell. Need some backpacking food to throw in your backpack for that short trip on the 4th? We have that too. We have it all!

Do you need to reserve some gear for the holiday? Give us a call at 408-255-9600, email us at, or visit us at 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 2, Cupertino, CA.

Don’t forget—why buy when you can rent?

Summer Weather at Last!

Well, kind of! You can still go skiing at Squaw on weekends, or Mammoth every day. While we can still take care of your skiing or snowboarding needs, we’re also ready to help you prepare for summer hiking, backpacking and camping.

The Ski Renter rents tents (2, 3, 5 and 8-person), sleeping bags (0 degree-rated bags and 20 degree bags), sleeping pads, backpacks (five sizes; each size is adjustable), lanterns, backpacking stoves and two-burner car camping stoves, coolers, bear canisters, and more!

Spring Skiing and a Sale!

The Ski Renters’ End of Season Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th

Apparently the groundhog was right: he came out of his den and saw his shadow, and now we are enjoying at least six more weeks of winter. This is a tradition that began in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in 1887. As the story goes, each year, when the groundhog (known as Punxsutawney Phil), comes out of his den on Groundhog Day, February 2, if he sees his shadow he goes back into his den and we have six more weeks of winter. He must have seen his shadow and then some this year, as we have had more than 337 inches of snowfall since Groundhog Day, including eleven more inches in just the past three days! Spring skiing is about as good as it gets!

In spite of the great snow, most of the resorts are still planning on closing mid-April, with the exceptions of Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain. Accordingly, we are planning our End of Season Sale for May 4th, so mark your calendar. Skis, snowboards, boots, jackets, pants, and poles go on sale. This is a great opportunity to pick up some good used equipment at great prices. Like always, we will have free hot dogs and soft drinks to help you keep your energy up while you shop!

We’ll see you then—and in the mean time, think snow (because you can never have too much)!